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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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  • I want to not lose objectivity to give my opinion. I was born and grew up in this camp, called City of the stairs in the heart of the Cordillera de los Andes. I recommend reading about its history and not miss the opportunity to visit: its beautiful church, its Museum (former Polytechnic) Court breadsticks, etc. It is quite possible that on this trip you can see up close the flight of Eagles and condors.
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  • For many years I wanted to conoicer this place, the truth was amazed, is a demonstration of the human ingenuity in a place inospito. There is history, its staircases that seem to have no end, hospital, theater, Church, industrial school etc. Totally recommended, ideal to go to see the place with snow in winter.
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  • Excellent walk through the day to Sewell. We were 3 persons with the company VTS, a 7. Good bus, incredible guide don Oscar well, born in Sewell and worker for many years, was how to show your home, according to his sayings. Amazing, very complete and well preserved Museum. We had beautiful day. The recommendation is to bring something for the walk that takes approximately 2 hours, anyway there is a cafeteria with a very pleasant attention.
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