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  2. Seville
  3. Gruta de las Maravillas

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

Product ID: 82914
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Travel to the charming village of Aracena and the Rio Tinto Mines. Discover a really fascinating area with a lovely landscape, the amazing “Cave of Wonders” in Aracena and the surreal "Mars-like" scenery of Rio Tinto.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See how the landscape of Rio Tinto looks like Mars
  • Visit the biosphere reserve of Dehases de Sierra Morena and the the Gruta de las Maravillas, literally "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 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 looks like 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, where life is almost 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
  • 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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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• 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 31 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.7/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.1/5
Safety
4.9/5

Organized by

Naturanda Turismo Ambiental

Product ID: 82914