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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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  • If you're interested in learning more about Brazil's mining history, this is a good place to go. It's a short drive from Ouro Preto (about 15 minutes), although it may be difficult to access without a...  more »
  • It is an interesting experience, mostly who likes Brasil´s History or Mining issues. The tickets are expensive for the short visit, but going down the mine, you can see the beauty and touch the rocks ...  more »
  • First of all i have to say that if you go to ouro preto you should visit a gold mine. That being said, even though i did enjoy my visit it was extremely over priced. You have to pay cash as there is n...  more »
  • 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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