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From Seville: Full-Day Aracena & Rio Tinto Mines Tour

4.3 / 5

70 reviews

From Seville: Full-Day Aracena & Rio Tinto Mines Tour

From US$ 100.66 per person

Travel to the charming village of Aracena and the Rio Tinto Mines. Discover a really fascinating area with a lovely landscape currently being researched by NASA, the amazing “Cave of Wonders” in Aracena, and the surreal "Mars-like" scenery of Rio Tinto.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • See how the landscape of Rio Tinto resembles the surface of Mars
  • Visit the biosphere reserve of Dehases de Sierra Morena and the Gruta de las Maravillas, also called the "Cave of Wonders"
  • Walk through the amazing trails of Aracena through its Dehesas full of cork trees and oaks, where the Iberian pigs live in freedom
  • Choose between a shared or private tour
Full description
Discover a completely different area to the rest of the world, so much so that NASA has set a base to study this mysterious land. Rio Tinto and its surroundings have been exploited for its copper, silver and gold content for more than 2000 years which changed the landscape of this area so much that it now resembles Mars. The main river here runs among the old mining fields, transporting the minerals of the soil. These metallic minerals turn the river into a reddish color with acidic waters, making life in the river nearly impossible.  From Seville, visit the biosphere reserve of Dehases de Sierra Morena. The reserve offers you the chance to see some of the bulls and Iberian pigs which inhabit the area. Continue to the town of Aracena, where you can visit the castle and the Gruta de las Maravillas, literally "Cave of Wonders." Visit the Peña de Arias Montano, where you will explore the Mediterranean forest revealing in the stunning environment. Discover the Mosque of Almonaster la Real, the Rio Tinto as well the a forest full of chestnut trees. The tour also offers the possibility of visiting a farm of wild bulls. After Rio Tinto, head to Aracena, a small town located in the middle of Sierra Morena. This is the capital city of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche. Aracena offers visitors amazing trails through its Dehesas full of cork trees and oaks, where the Iberian pigs live in freedom and peace. Once in Aracena, you will visit Grutas de las Maravillas, a natural cave almost 2000 meters long, full of stalactites and stalagmites formed by the water running in the limestone.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Established pick-up and drop off points
  • Meals and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • In order to accommodate a specific language, a minimum of 4 people that speak that language are required. There is a possibility of cancelation after confirmation if this is not met and you will be offered an alternative language, date, or full refund
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • To purchase the student price category, you must hold a valid student card and bring it with you
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Enjoyed this day trip. Partly due to clear explanations from guide Sergio, no rush, time was taken for everything. Many stops with beautiful views and the cave is just… breathtakingly beautiful. I also had three nice fellow travelers. So Sergio and fellow travellers, thank you for the beautiful, educational day. Grt Cinthia

October 1, 2021

Карлос отличный гид! Вчера у нас была экскурсия с ним. За один день мы увидели и узнали много интересного об Испании . Побывали в таких местах Испании, которые бы никогда не посетили без местного гида, отлично знающего историю своей страны. Разноплановая экскурсия включает в себя посещение пещер, шахт, знакомство с природой и историческими памятниками. Невероятно что за один день можно столько всего увидеть. Отличная поездка и отличный гид! Рекомендуем !!

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August 23, 2021

El tour en general fue perfecto, la comunicación con la compañía para ponernos de acuerdo fue muy clara y rápida. Los lugares, una verdadera maravilla Aracena parece un lugar de ensueño, las personas súper amables y la comida deliciosa y muy bien precio El guía (Dris) muy atento y preocupado para que todos y cada uno del grupo de 8 se sintieran bien y cómodo

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January 4, 2020

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