The town of Sewell which is located 21km from Rancagua was abandoned in 1971. It was previously home to the workers of El Teniente Mine, Chile’s second most important copper mine (Chuquicamata being the most important) and the biggest underground mine in the world.
The town sits in the Andes and the architecture which is characterized by buildings set up on hills with streets snaking between them, is interesting. The town has many facilities including two swimming pools and a theatre, which although now in ruins are testament to the town’s grand past.
Access is via a paved road which takes you to the El Teniente Mine. Access to the mine is restricted. People wishing to visit should contact Codelco-Chile, División El Teniente.
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