Santa María del Oro


The El Oro village or Santa María del Oro, as it is also known, emerged as a small hamlet around the mines. It began here with a discreet practice of collecting gold nuggets in the river sands that later became one of the main activities of the region.

To this day, one can walk through its picturesque streets and listen to legends about the metal gathering, how the ancient people survived in the locality or the tools of which they were entrusted with the work. It is also possible to talk to some local people to tell you how the wealth and fame of their mines made the population be besieged several times by indigenous people displaced from the north, such as Apaches who even in the 19th century ravaged the untamed region.

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