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

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

Travel to the charming village of Aracena from Seville and visit the biosphere reserve of Dehesas de Sierra Morena. Discover an area so unique that Nasa has a base to study it on this day trip to the Rio Tinto mining area.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned vehicle and relax on the drive to the biosphere reserve of Dehesas de Sierra Morena. The reserve offers you the chance to see some of the bulls and Iberian pigs which inhabit the area.  Explore the Rio Tinto, an area that has been exploited for copper, silver, and gold for over 2000 years. See how this activity has changed the landscape of this area so much that it now resembles Mars.  Uncover how the main river here runs through old mining fields, transporting metallic minerals which turn the river into a reddish color when it combines with its mildly acidic waters, making life in the river nearly impossible. 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 has trails through its Dehesas which are full of cork trees, oaks, and free-roaming Iberian pigs. Visit the Grutas de las Maravillas, a natural cave almost 2000 meters long, full of stalactites and stalagmites formed by the water running in the limestone. Stroll through the cave and marvel at the fascinating rock formations and deep blue water. Next, take in views of the rural Mosque of Almonaster la Real. 

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4.4
(129 reviews)

The highlights were very interesting to see, nice choice! The Riotinto mines were an astonishing view and the additional intro on the history of the area was good to know to appreciate the trip. Finally the Aracena Gruta de las Maravillas is a natural wonder that must not be missed. The only thing I would have personally liked was a little more time at Aracena after getting out of the caves.

everything was perfect, from the meeting point near the hotel to the various very beautiful and interesting excursions. the exhaustive guide was very good. everything was perfect. Rio Tinto and the mines were wonderful landscapes. I would have liked to walk a bit along the river and see its nuances. However, we walked a small part of it. Aracena and the spectacular caves, I would say unique.

Our guide was extremely helpful as he shared a lot of information about the history of Aracena. He also recommended a good restaurant which had vegetarian options. Our day was very enjoyable.

Luis Mi was an excellent guide very well explaination and in detail would highly recommend

Felt fast , it was a good experience. Definitely worthy