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Article: Tour to a emerald mine in Colombia


Tour to a emerald mine in Colombia

Colombia is recognized worldwide for having the production of more beautiful emeralds and of better quality. So what better than knowing firsthand what this fame has given the country to the country?

It's an extensive journey, but it's worth every second. The best thing about living this experience is that you can acquire your own emeralds, fresh out of your deposits, and you will also learn everything you need to be an expert in the extraction of this precious stone.

Different packages

  • Road to land

The Land Tour begins with the meeting at the departure venue at 4:00 a.m. (usually the tour begins in the place where the traveler is staying). Dedirected to the north of Bogota, 1 hour's journey, we will make the first stop for breakfast.

We will continue this tour with sporadic stops in viewpoints and landscapes specific to the region and the mine to which this Tour is headed.

Upon arrival at the Emerald Mine, travelers will be able to know their surroundings with guided tours where the different theories on the formation of the emerald will be explained and will begin the journey towards the tunnels with their proper protection and explanation of the safety standards.

Entering the first cut or tunnel, we will know the areas of possible emerald production, different types of minerals and how miners carry out their work, in this activity more than 300 meters of tunnels will be explored.

At the end of the first tour, the course will be to the central camp where you will take lunch and you can evaluate some raw emeralds with the possibility of buying, the above will be done by one of our experts.

After the rest and lunch time, it will be departed for another of the emerald cuts where extraction tools can be used and work in possible productive areas of this gem.

After a detonation of explosives and after the inspection of a professional, you can appreciate the process of selecting land and cargo where debris will be separated from useful emeralds.

After this exploration and learning journey will return to the camp. There you will exchange dirty garments and boots for clean clothes. Once ready, the return to the city of Bogotá will be made.

  • Air transport

The tour begins at the traveler's place of lodging in the morning (about 4 a.m. ) , where the route begins in the direction of the Guaymaral helipad in the north of the city.

After the boarding, travelers will be able to appreciate from the helicopter windows different geographical points of the region, some soil and subsoil faults and a brief explanation will be given about the geological faults of emerald production.

After approximately 25 minutes of flight, the flight culminates in the heliport of the respective mine, once the helicopter is descended, two vans will wait for all visitors to begin the journey to the cuts or tunnels.

Once at the entrance of these mines, a short explanation of the safety standards for entry, theories on the formation of emerald and minerals and the necessary tools for the extraction of emeralds will be made.

This exploration will be done more than 300 meters deep, observing different fronts or areas of possible emerald production.

1 hour and 40 minutes we will be visiting different tunnels and sectors surrounding the mines to return to the helipad where we will return to Bogotá D.C.

Why choose Emerald by Love for the tour?

In Colombia there are countless tourist companies that will offer a Tour to the emerald area of the country. However, in Emerald by Love we have stood out for providing a 100% personalized experience, which he will surely not forget.

We are careful with every detail and watch forever give our visitors a great experience. Beyond just teaching you about our emeralds, we want it to be part of the process of extracting them, taking into account all the necessary security measures.

We assure you that you will never see the emeralds in the same way once you have known the whole extraction process and even set a jewel with this gem. What do you expect to live this experience with us?

Mines to visit

Our mining destinations to visit are located in the following municipalities:

  • Muzo
  • Coscuez
  • Chivor
  • Gachalá

Please note that in order to make better use of time, in Emerald by Love we commit to visit maximum (2) two mines per day. This since the time per journey from one mining municipality to another can exceed 3 (three) hours.

What the experience includes

If you decide to purchase the tour offered by Emerald by Love you will have access to:

  • Safe with international coverage
  • Vegetarian or regular feeding
  • Mining Experience
  • Hiking and minefield escalation
  • Advice for the purchase of emerald products.
  • Transportation from Bogota

Remember that all these features are included in the total value of the Tour.

Paula A. Bonilla

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

Currently, she is working for one of Bogotá's most important jewelry stores, Emerald by Love. This jewelry store has over 40 years of experience and has 2 physical branches in the capital city of Colombia, located in the city center.

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