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Stop Press! >> Press Release 3.2012.-Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza is offering a new informal lecture by one of the "33 rescued miners" of Mina San Jose
Press Release 3.2012.-Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza is offering a new informal lecture by one of the "33 rescued miners" of Mina San Jose PDF Print E-mail

Daniel Herrera Campos - the number 16th miner in being rescued, will give a talk of his experiences while in captivity at the mine, at the Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza with a special visit to Museo de Colchagua.


Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, Chile.- Daniel Herrera Campos was the miner number 16th in being rescued from the depths of the San Jose Mine in the Atacama Desert. The tragedy had the country and the world glued to the TV and radios for 70 days, the time it lasted the rescue of the “33”, as it was emblematically known the group that came to surface unwounded.


Having being born on the Sixth Region (location of the Colchagua Valley), Daniel Herrera makes an emotional talk where he relates all his experiences in the mine, since the collapse until the rescue. He will tell about the miners’ lack of hope and food, the feelings in the confinement, and the extraordinary circumstances that tested to the limit the best and worst of human nature.


Within the talk, the miner emphasizes about the values that characterised the group to survive this tragedy. He also gives count of their capacity to learn; and how they learned to adapt to change; as well as the creativity and innovation they had to overcome on the worst moments. And maybe the most important thing for a human group or company: how their group work experience made “the 33” succeed in saving themselves.


The informal lecture is done at the Hotel Santa Cruz and has lasts one hour. After the conversation with Daniel Herrera, the event continues with a visit to the Pavillion “The Great Rescue”, located at the Museo de Colchagua, guided by the rescued miner. This wing of the museum shows the camp that the families have built while waiting for the rescue, the image of the “Virgen de la Candelaria” used during the rescue. It also shows the working plans at the mine, the first bore; the refuge; the pigeons utilised to give food and medicine to the miners, plus the mythical Fenix II capsule that allowed bringing back the miners to surface.


This tour is organised for pre-arranged groups. For rates, please contact your UK tour operator or preferred travel agent, or visit



About Hotel Santa Cruz: In the city of Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, Hotel Santa Cruz invites you to discover the world of wine, the history and traditions of the terroir. With luxury accommodations, excellent cuisine and exceptional comfort, Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza is an excellent choice for an unforgettable stay.



About Almacruz: Almacruz manages Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza, as well as Museo de Colchagua, that is located next door to the Hotel, Viña Santa Cruz, 20 miles away from the hotel and the Museum, and Hotel Galerias in downtown Santiago. For more information please visit


For this or other tours to Hotel Santa Cruz, please contact your tour operator in the UK or preferred travel agent.


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