Zaruma Ecuador, El Sexmo Mine

El Sexmo Mine is located 15 minutes from the city of Zaruma, known for its colonial architecture and for having been founded by Alonso de Market. The mine's Sexmo is currently one of the main attractions of the city, as in ancient times took out a gold nugget weighing three pounds that was sent as a curiosity and a gift to the King of Spain.

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  • City:Zaruma
  • Sector:South
  • Address:15 minutes Zaruma
  • Schedule of attention:Daily 8:00 to 18:00
  • Cost of revenue:5 USD



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Information of El Sexmo Mine

El Sexmo Mine is known for being the first Zaruma-Portovelo district, currently it is not there already operates around the construction of a resort, where its main attraction is a visit inside the mine.

Mining Zaruma marked a stage began in the Incas. From here they took the gold for the ransom of Atahualpa, was the economic nerve of the Royal Audiencia of Quito in the XV and XVI.

The story goes that the Indians before the coming of the Spanish milled quartz to obtain the gold. King Philip II of Spain, after he was presented with a gold nugget found in the mines of Zaruma, tax replaced the Royal Fifth "El Sexmo" pay equivalent to one sixth of the profits produced in their land, hence its name.

Among the gold mines worked in the early days of the colony, none were as famous as Zaruma. Are the veins Miranda Calderon, Elizabeth, Parker, West Viscaya, as examples of the wealth stored underground.

VIRA The company opened the mine to the public, the tour inside of a cave 500 meters long and five feet wide, takes about 30 minutes, visitors enter with a guide to discover the secrets of what it represents the extraction of minerals, and feel its penetrating aroma of iron and sulfur, with the constant trickle of water that must be endured by people engaged in this business.

Zaruma Ecuador, El Sexmo Mine


Map El Sexmo Mine, Zaruma Ecuador

Map of El Sexmo Mine, Zaruma Ecuador



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