Minas da Passagem, Mariana

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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  • August 13, 2017
    We really enjoyed the visit and got a lot out of the guided tour. It acts as a complement to whatever you may see or read while visiting Ouro Preto. It was on our way between Ouro Preto and Mariana, s...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    For those who like to dive into the history of gold in Brazil, recommend this super ride! There we know a little of the history of the exploration of Gold made by POrtugal.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The mine is impressive for its dimensions and characteristics. Part of it is submerged by the waters of the water table that allow professional diving. The water is crystal clear. On the walls of the mine many ores and rocks make the tour interesting. A pity that payment is made only in cash. In a short time you can meet mine. The guides are educated and prepared to explain questions and are great photographers. Assist in the circulation of pictures by the way.
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  • October 3, 2016
    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.
  • August 3, 2016
    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.
  • April 29, 2016
    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.
  • December 30, 2015
    It was a good experience but would have been ten times better if the guides spoke English.
  • April 4, 2017

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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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