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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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  • An amazing place ... mine is open to visitation, a beautiful ride .... to meet and dive too. Technical diving with trained professionals.
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  • The value per person is expensive, but the ride provides lead to gold mine and know a bit of local history. The ride is great, but I got the feeling that it could be cheaper the ticket. The property is private and low maintenance. There is no gold in the mine material.
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  • If it's Black or Gold to Mariana, be sure to meet the mine of the passage. Lies between the two towns of easy access, which is home to a rich history of the country. There have been taken about of 35 tons of gold. Who is caustrofobico don't worry, it's not low, and not stuffy! There's no musty smell, and lit.
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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