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Minas da Passagem, Mariana

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Tourist Spot Mine
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 ride was worth the descent of cart and the possibility to visit a mine different from the other in the region. Other than that, we perceive a certain abandonment of this attraction that has a very large potential.
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  • One of the places most recommend in Ouro Preto. I thought the descent pretty radical. All very interesting. The lake formed crystalline downstairs is gorgeous, like taking a dip. Our guide was really nice, took all our doubts and offered to take pictures of us at various times. I found the ticket very expensive for a big family is heavy. If you spend between Ouro Preto and Mariana sure to meet, the experience will be worth it.
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  • Fantastic ride. A cart down a trail of 315 meters long, deepening by 120 m below the surface. Salt value.
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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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Where to stay in Mariana

Many of the most convenient places to stay in Mariana lie within a walkable distance of one of the city's main squares, the Praca Tancredo Neves. A surprising array of accommodation options cluster in the town core, from family-run bed and breakfasts and shared houses to more upscale, resort-style hotels complete with swimming pools. Keep an eye out for "pousadas," independently-owned guesthouses or lodges, often within a historical mansion or residential building. Alternatively, nearby Ouro Preto features a larger array of accommodations, though you'll need to bus or drive into Mariana.
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