Categories: Activities - Extreme Adventures
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Discover the mysteries of the Paramillos Mines, tucked into the heart of Mendoza's Andes Mountains
Learn the fascinating history of this important settlement dating back to the 17th century
Explore the "Chile", "Sauce", and "Gobernador" sections of the mine
Experience rappelling 20 meters between the cave's levels, getting a closer look at the minerals in its rocks
Enjoy a tasty Mendoza-style BBQ
Operates: Monday - Sunday
Departs: 10:30 AM, 3:00 PM
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: 13440
Our Expert Guide will take you on a fascinating journey to explore Mendoza's Paramillos Mines, uncovering the alluring history and intriguing mysteries of its ancient caverns, and finishing off with an authentic-style BBQ. Today, this site captivates adventurers brave enough to penetrate its ruins.
At more than 2,600 meters above sea level, this old mining settlement was founded in the seventeenth century by Spanish conquistadors and Jesuits in search of minerals. It was them who named the place "Paramillos" meaning "little desolate place".
During this excursion, we'll visit the former mining town's buildings, while discovering its hidden corners, filled with centuries-old tales and legends. We'll explore three levels of the mine: "Chile", "Sauce", and "Gobernador", familiarizing ourselves with the different types of exploitation miners once used. Here, we'll move from level to level by rappelling approximately 20 meters, pushing off the cave walls as you lower yourself to the next section. This will also allow you to better observe streaks of various minerals and elements in the rocks.
To top off our entertaining excursion, you'll enjoy a delicious traditional "Asado Mendocino" where you'll delight in sampling a variety of savory BBQ dishes at the town's post, sure to be a memorable gastronomic experience.
Join us and delve into the unique history of this enchanted mining town in the heart of the Andes.
Note: Activity suitable for ages 12 and up. Altitude reaches 2,700 meters above sea level.
Per Adult: $ 19 USD
What To Bring
Athletic shoes, long pants, jacket
Expert Guide, safety equipment (helmet, flashlight), lunch with salad, sodas, and dessert
Meeting point: Minas de Paramillos - Mining Geopark. Agua de la Dolorra, Provincial Route 52, 25km from Uspallata
Return Details: Tour returns to the original meeting point