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Minas da Passagem, Mariana

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
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4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
To reach the mining galleries of Minas da Passagem, the world's largest mine open to the public, you must descend through a 315 m (1,034 ft) long tunnel in a small trolley. There, at total depth of 120 m (394 ft) you will find a beautiful underground lake, whose crystal clear waters are popular amongst Brazilian cave divers. Unfortunately, you are unlikely to strike gold there today, but during its lifetime over 35 tons of gold have been extracted from the mine. A small museum above ground displays some of the equipment used in the mining process. Add Minas da Passagem to your Mariana travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mariana trip itinerary builder.
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  • Very interesting ride, a gold mine that didn't have slavery. Exploited by the British. With several galleries and very deep, has a place that makes diving. Has a trolley that takes you to mine and have back to surface.
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  • It's a very good ride. I think it's R$ 30.00 value. Very cool, the guides are good and a great story. There's a shop with handicrafts and precious stones. A place worth visiting.
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  • The mine of the passage is a tour not to be missed, for being quite different from existing mines in Ouro Preto. She is part of the 2nd phase of exploration of gold in Minas Gerais, performed with the aid of machinery, while the Black Gold mines were opened by hand by the slaves. How big difference, the spaces: the mines opened by the slaves were narrow aisles and long, wide open your hand. The mine of the passage has great halls for holding open the machine and dynamite. Some tips: 1. The tour is expensive (R$ 60.00 per person), and they don't accept card-money! 2. There's a stand in, pulled by the original machinery of the time, powered by compressed air. Be sure to spend a little time with it, talking to the machine operator to know better the equipment-is amazing, and only in Brazil! 3. Pay attention to the stories told by guides, and enjoy the sympathy of them to find out more about the history of this period and location. 4. the trolley drops and rises quickly. Sit in the front is a fun, unless you're afraid there prefer a place further back. 5. bring camera! Is allowed, and it's beautiful! 6. It's not cold inside the mine.
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  • Very cool mine tunnel. You get to ride a mine cart down into the mine. After that you are shown several spots of the mine where gold was mined.
  • Wow! A mine like mines back in time. Just entering the mine is an experience. Getting in the cable car and more and a hundred metter deep! There is even a spot to dive (scuba-diving) in there.
  • It was a good experience but would have been ten times better if the guides spoke English.
  • Muito divertido
  • Bom passeio.
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