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Castano River Mines Trip

The mines around the Castaño River are one of the main attractions of the Argentine department of Calingasta. Discover these magical landscapes with this fantastic trip from Barreal.

Castano River Mines Trip

We will pick you up at 10 am at your hotel in Barreal in a 4x4 jeep before heading to an old gold mine north of Calingasta. We will explain the complex and dangerous process that the miners undertook to extract large amounts of this coveted metal.

We will continue the trip by ascending the Timbirimbas hill in the 4x4 vehicle. In the background, we will appreciate the unmistakable landscape of the Andes, whose peaks tower in the horizon. Afterward, we wade through the Castaño River in the 4x4, feeling like real explorers.

On the other side of the river, we will visit the Castaño Nuevo mines, whose gold and silver reserves were discovered in the second half of the 19th century. Although these mines are now in disuse, during the 1950s and 1960s they were in full swing. As we shall see, more than 800 houses were built at the foot of the mountain for the miners and their families. We will also observe the dike that was built over the Castaño River gorge, which allowed better access to the area.

After learning about the mining history of the province of San Juan, we'll regain our strength back with a delicious picada de campo - a picnic lunch in the middle of nature! After lunch, we'll head back to the city, appreciating more wonderful Andean landscapes along the way.

Halfway through the trip we will take a short break for a light snack out in the open. Finally, we will return to your hotel in Barreal, arriving at 10 pm.

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Price

Adults Children from 3 to 10 years old Children under 3 years old
Tour in English
US$ 70
US$ 35
Free

Tour in English

  • Adults

    US$ 70
  • Children from 3 to 10 years old

    US$ 35
  • Children under 3 years old

    Free

* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Duration

12 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks en english and spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks en english and spanish.

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off.

Transport in ATV jeep.

English speaking guide.

Lunch and snack of local products.

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

US$ 70

Cancellations

If you cancel 48 hours before the activity starts, we will refund you 75%. If you cancel 24 hours before the activity starts, we will refund you 50%. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.