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

Product ID: 82914
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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Duration: 10 hours
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  • 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
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.
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks

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Meeting point

Pick-up at the door of your accommodation in Seville or at an accessible place nearby.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
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• Minimum numbers apply
• 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

4.4 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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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

The caves are magnificent and well preserved. We had an audio guide and the chance to have with us driss who is passionate and was able to enrich this excursion. Carlos our main guide is a well of knowledge on the history of seville and the ravages caused by mining in Rio Tinto.

October 22, 2019

The agreement on the collection point was very messy, we finally had to go to an office because we received no response to the mail. But that more than made up for the guide, what a wonderful day we had with Carlos. He showed us the mines, the area around it, the cave of wonders, the mosque, and even the Iberico pigs. What can he tell fantastic and what a passion for the area! If Carlos is the guide, I'll be back soon!

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September 30, 2019

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Naturanda Turismo Ambiental

Product ID: 82914