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Sewell Mining Town, Machali
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Explore Sewell Mining Town, an abandoned mining town located on the steep mountains of the Andes, sitting 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level and once housing the largest underground copper mine in the world. Breathtaking panoramic mountain views consume the town wherever you look. Countless staircases intertwine the city, lined with bold colourful buildings typically painted red, blue, or yellow. Irregular shaped public squares decorated with ornamental plants mould into the landscape. Learn about the town's history from its rise to fall, and see how 15,000 inhabitants once lived in such remote and difficult surroundings. Sewell Mining Town is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Machali Edition.
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  • It's a long tour bus ride from Santiago, but jaw-droppingly astonishing. A unique experience and an incredible 'alien' sight. 
  • I think it depends on the tour taken by the quality of the experience, because without go knowing the history behind it I think that it would not have much charm. In our case the guide was a native of the place and told us many things while we toured the city and the road to it. Pity that several buildings are not maintained, or it can not be entered to all. The mountain views are spectacular.
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  • A cold but pleasant breeze will welcome you to a place full of history, memories and culture. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, time stopped here, creating an atmosphere of time travel that will make ...  more »