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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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  • Meet the mine is a very interesting ride for anyone who appreciates history, especially. I had never had access to a place like this and I was impressed. Just don't expect to walk through the entire Mine because it doesn't work that way. It's just a sense of how it was made of gold extraction in the colonial period. As for the price, I paid 60.00 whole R$ and I found exorbitant, but as there is no choice and I really wanted to meet the mine had to shell out the value quoted above.
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  • The idea is that we'll see a mine with veins of gold or to get a sense of how it was made the exploration of ore, but once we see many galleries where you can't go and an enormous Lake, flooding the mine. The most curious Valley. There are at the entrance of the mine shaft a mixed Museum with artifacts shop. What it's heartbreaking is the abandonment of parts which are in time.
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  • Great ride to see what made the industrial extraction of gold (2 hours). Pay a value which I thought was high to see the place, but it's worth the ride. We're in a stroller up to 140 m below and a guide explaining how it was done all the work for withdrawal of gold. Is a mine dug with equipment, all the halls are spacious and bright. A large part is underwater where it is possible to perform diving with professional equipment to trained personnel. In the end, there's a small pool where the bold risk a dip. There's no structure for snacks.
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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.
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