Sewell Mining Town, Machali

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#1 of 11 in Historic Sites in O'Higgins Region
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. Find out how to plan Machali trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The guides were very helpful, the place is wonderful (to admire, take pictures), the story of the ghost town it was nothing what I expected and the breakfast was very good too (I attended as a vegetarian).
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  • Very impressive, what has taken its beginning here more than 100 years ago. With what visions, the founder's went out to work. the buildings are partially preserved and you can well imagine life. In addition, you can see selectively also how copper mining today...
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  • I loved knowing Sewell is like travelling to the past. Learn how how started, the way how was populating and despite have happened so many years ago, it's incredible to know advancement that were brought in health for their workers. Still intact all bedrooms, your hospital, Chapel, bowling, etc. I recommend it to anyone, only recommended not much older people, do all that by height, its almost complete route is via stairs.
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