Sewell Mining Town, Machali

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#1 of 8 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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  • September 7, 2017
    About what was expected. It is not only the typical village (which is spectacular). Museum, is also impressive the vists of the cordillera, the mine, the history. I recommend a guide because it brings a lot to the detailed minute-by-minute.
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  • September 6, 2017
    You feel transported in time. It is very well preserved and the views are spectacular. In winter it is more difficult to traverse it, but it is beautiful to see it covered in snow
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  • July 27, 2017
    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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