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Minas de Corrales (The Corrales Mines)

96 km from the city of Rivera and 60 km from the city of Tacuarembó, Minas de Corrales seduces visitors with its history, nature and some of its own traits.
The traditions of a rural village and its mining characteristics give it a unique identity. Locals on horseback and special vehicles of the mining company offer a picturesque contrast of tradition and modernity.
On the main Dr. Davison Avenue, along the length of the main strip, you can see many traces of mining activity in the area during the nineteenth century.
The beauty of the Miriñaque and Vigilante hills also catch the attention of visitors. At the top it is possible to see varieties of dwarf palm trees, unique to the region.
The San Gregorio Mine, just 5 km from the center of Minas de Corrales, is a must for those interested by the activity. It is the largest gold mining company in the country.
The galleries of old mining operations are found on the banks of the Corrales River. The cool humidity and the darkness of the environment allow you to imagine how hard life must have been for miners in the past.
Minas del Corrales also has the Museum of Gold, a space dedicated to exhibiting the gold extraction process and the history of its founder, Don Tito Pereira.

Main Attractions

The Cuñapirú dam ruins.

An unusual endeavor for this country, with construction beginning in 1866 driven by the Spanish engineer Clemente Barrial, who envisioned a large mining industry and believed fervently in the gold rush.

Museum of Gold.

A space dedicated to exhibiting the gold extraction process and the history of its founder, Don Tito Pereira.

The Miriñaque and Vigilante hills.

At the top it is possible to see varieties of dwarf palm trees, unique to the region. The Cuñapirú, Del Medio and Gerónimo hills are also iconic features of the northern Uruguayan landscape.