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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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  • The mine of the passage is between Ouro preto and Mariana. Access is via a shopping cart. It is not tight and drowned out as the other mines. It has a very beautiful Blue Lake in its interior.
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  • Very beautiful place, I went to a concert that happens night in upcoming days, is very worthwhile. I loved it and would go back
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  • The ride is nice but not worth the 60 charged tale. The Guide also didn't help. Do not recommend. Older people may also have difficulties because the train is very low and uncomfortable, but it's the best thing.
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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