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Santa Rita Mine

Mapimí

With its rich seams of gold, silver and lead, Santa Rita was the most important deposit in the country at the beginning of the 20th century and, for the extraction of these minerals, it employed more than 10 thousand workers. But in 1928 the disaster occurred: the dynamite they used for the exploitation opened the way to the underground waters of the La India hill, which flooded 14 of the 20 levels of the mine, taking the lives of hundreds of miners. Although various attempts were made to drain the water, the mine was finally abandoned.

Today, a cooperative of Mapimi residents runs the mine and offers one-hour guided tours, which are not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia. A curiosity of the tour is that you can see a mule that was petrified by the chemical conditions of the place.

The same cooperative has three zip lines (two of 300 meters/984 feet and one of 450 meters/1476 feet) in front of the mine, which cross the canyon near the La Ojuela suspension bridge. The adventure allows you to float more than 100 meters (328 feet) above the canyon, glide over the suspension bridge and feel a vertigo that is too exciting.

With its rich seams of gold, silver and lead, Santa Rita was the most important deposit in the country at the beginning of the 20th century and, for the extraction of these minerals, it employed more than 10 thousand workers. But in 1928 the disaster occurred: the dynamite they used for the exploitation opened the way to the underground waters of the La India hill, which flooded 14 of the 20 levels of the mine, taking the lives of hundreds of miners. Although various attempts were made to drain the water, the mine was finally abandoned.

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Today, a cooperative of Mapimi residents runs the mine and offers one-hour guided tours, which are not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia. A curiosity of the tour is that you can see a mule that was petrified by the chemical conditions of the place.

The same cooperative has three zip lines (two of 300 meters/984 feet and one of 450 meters/1476 feet) in front of the mine, which cross the canyon near the La Ojuela suspension bridge. The adventure allows you to float more than 100 meters (328 feet) above the canyon, glide over the suspension bridge and feel a vertigo that is too exciting.

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