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Minas da Passagem, Mariana

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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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  • So much fun, it was an adventure, and learn a little more about the mine. Well worth getting to know.
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  • The mine of the passage is a walk that I expected more. The $60 entry and the title of Latin America's largest gold mine "put the expectation up there, but you do not answer completely. That doesn't mean it's bad. She is an interesting attraction and worth knowing. The Guide (free of charge) knows a lot about the place and tells the story of a laidback, but the tour relies heavily on him to understand where you're going through.
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  • The gold mine is an interesting tourist spot, the value for visitation was $60.00 per person (half 30.00 per) in January 2017. A flying visit, but has an option for diving inside the galleries flooded and the value is the part (I don't know about).
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  • I thought the mine was very interesting. I would have liked for the tour to be more extensive since the entrance fee is considerably high by Brazilian standards.
  • 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