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Parque Minero RioTinto

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Parque Minero RioTinto

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For years, NASA has studied the composition and uniqueness of the Rio Tinto in the Rio Tinto mines. The biochemical coincidences with the Red planet have made the mines of Huelva one of the most interesting places to visit.The mines began their production from Roman times, originating a land similar to Mars.A tour for the whole family and photography lovers that we recommend to know some of the fascinating secrets that Nature hides.
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Simone S wrote a review Dec 2019
Seville, Spain715 contributions82 helpful votes
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This place is unique. The colours of these lands are impressive, Martian-like, and the museum plus the visit to the mine of Peña de Hierro will be an unforgivable memory for those who visit them!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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DadaSuzzy wrote a review Sep 2019
Bonn, Germany1,530 contributions714 helpful votes
We did the whole rounds of the Mineras de Riotinto, first visited the museum, then the mine, then took the train ride. But all we really wanted to see was the famous red river. You can catch glimpses already on the drive to the mine, and we were quite anxious that this was all there was. But you can relax and just look forward to the train ride (which you can book extra, without all the other activities at the museum entrance. It costs about 10/11 EUR, I think.), because you’ll see plenty of the river. The train goes along the river and for a good photo opportunity, sit in the last waggon. There you can stand outside at the back and take good shots. If you don’t want to stay outside, sit on the left side at one of the open windows, that’s were you get good views of the river as well. The stop after half an hours for 20 minutes and they let you out on a nice space for further pictures and the mandatory selfie. We’d opt for just the train ride next time, but if you’re interested in mines, mining and geology, we recommend the whole package.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jeff B wrote a review May 2019
Butte, Montana47 contributions19 helpful votes
We did the package with the museum, mine tour, and train ride for 19 euros on a Sunday morning, but skipped the Victorian House tour after the train ride. We obtained the English handouts which are helpful, but unfortunately forgot to bring them on the train. Would probably have rated 5 stars if we spoke Spanish. The train was full, but we lucked out and found a seat on the left side for the trip down the river. Most people were good about switching sides for the return trip so everyone got a chance to get good views the Rio Tinto. Definitely worth doing all three, which I think is just on weekends. Long history of mining in the in area is interesting.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Val E wrote a review Apr 2019
Happisburgh, United Kingdom108 contributions75 helpful votes
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This is a really great visit but, there are some things you should know before you go. The mining park visit is in four sections. Each section is on a different site some distance apart. You will need a car. If you wish to do the mine tour and ride the train along the river you will need to book and you will be allotted a time. Another note of caution is that all the guides only speak Spanish and therefore you will not understand any of the talks unless you are fluent in Spanish. All four sections cost €19 for an adult and €15 for a pensioner. You may need your passport to prove your age. However, there is one English speaking member of staff and luckily he works in the ticket office. When you collect your pre booked tickets he will give you some explanation sheets in English about the talks. You will find it useful to read these befor each stage. You will park at the main Museum, the good signage on the road will take you directly there. Park behind the museum, you will be instructed to follow the guide in the white van. You will travel in a convoy of 40 plus cars through the town to the mine where there is plenty of parking. It can be a little boring to be looking at a derelict yard when you don’t understand a word so read the English notes the guy at reception gave you. You get to put on a hard hat and walk through a tunnel which comes out onto the open cast mine. Then you will go in a convoy to the train. You will need to go up and down a flight of 55 plus steps to the platform. The train ride is great but sit on the left hand side of the carriage for the best views. This train ride takes one and a half hours and you trundle along in a very old carriage. I loved the ride but I think small kids would find it a bit long. It will then be lunchtime. Do your homework to decide where to eat. Most eateries wan to sell you a full meal and wine. We did not find it easy to locate a place with a snack and coffee. We ended up on the left hand side at the bottom of the road that leads to the main museum and gift shop. They do do a €5 menu but will offer you the full one. Very little English is spoken. The museum opens at 4pm and it is well worth a visit. Again all in Spanish but a great gift shop for starting a rock or gem collection and acceptable coffee at the coffee bar. Good looks too. The last part of the visit is too Casa 21. A Victorian house that was originally built buy the English. We did not find it! There were no clear signs or directions. My advice is, do your homework Wikipedia the history before you go. You will see the English were a big influence here. All or most of the rolling stock was made in the UK. Use google maps to get you to Casa 21 and remember the Spanish are 1 hour ahead if you travel from Portugal as we did. All in all a fantastic trip.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Virginia O wrote a review Nov 2018
London, United Kingdom568 contributions190 helpful votes
These are reputed to br the oldest mines in the world (since around 3,000 B.C.). the current company was founded in 1878 and at one point were the world's leading producer of copper. We visited the mining museum in the town itself and then, a few miles down the road, caught the little train on the line that used to transport the ore extracted from the mines over 84km to the seaport in Huelva. I think it's about 12km that are still in use for the tourists. We passed the large, open-cast excavations, a large number of old, rusted rail equipment and on through the forests, following the Rio Tinto River, with its red, mineral rich water. Everything in the museum and on the train journey was in Spanish only. It was a shame that there wasn't an audio facility on the train, for non-Spanish speakers, as are used is so many tourist attractions these days. It would have enhanced the experience. The same holds true for the museum exhibits.. The large mining areas are quite impressive though & certainly worth seeing if you're in the area. We made a specific point of building this area into our itinerary, during our travels.. .
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Date of experience: October 2018
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