Esperanza Mine in Olmos de Atapuerca has been reopened. After decades of neglect, its tunnels await visitors with an urge to explore. The secrets of one of the biggest industries in the history of humanity are revealed on a day of adventure for the whole family.
Now you can explore the underground passages, travel on special 4WDs, discover the Sierra de Atapuerca landscape and venture into the depths of the mine with a lamp, all full of surprises. The tour takes visitors into the most inaccessible, unexplored labyrinths of this mine.
You can also discover open cast mines and their fantastic colours (a veritable mineral forest), walk the forest trails, visit the old mining town and discover its tunnels.
You can learn from Mother Earth with educational workshops and guided sessions about mining, geology and the environment with suggestive names such as 'Mum's Skin', 'From the Mine to the Kitchen', 'Coloured Bison' and 'Storytelling in the Cave'.
One of the aims of the Atapuerca Foundation is to improve and promote tourism in the vicinity of the Sierra de Atapuerca sites. This commitment has led the Foundation to lend its support to the Olmos de Atapuerca Residents' Council initiative to organise tours of the Esperanza Mine. Under an agreement signed by the two institutions, the Foundation provides advice to the Council about visitor management and also acts as a facilitator for contacts the Atapuerca Research Team and other entities that may help to update and develop tourist access to this destination.
Juan Luis Arsuaga, Jose María Bermúdez de Castro and Eudald Carbonell, Deputy chairs of the Atapuerca Foundation and co-directors of Atapuerca project, have made several visits to this new project, undoubtedly a powerful new tourist attraction for the area.
Find out more about the exciting adventure awaiting you at www.minaesperanza.es