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. Put Minas da Passagem into our Mariana trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mariana.
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  • If you're looking for different tours this is a good opportunity. Is an industrial mine with 120 meters depth extension. The downhill is cart and at the end you can see a beautiful natural lake. The place is curious, but the visit is quite touristy, with superficial explanations about the extraction of gold and focused more on the pictures that can be taken throughout the tour. Payment only in cash. Student pays half.
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  • Not to be missed, unforgettable! Largest mine for visitation with extension and 120 m deep, where you see a wonderful natural lake (it has twice as much in depth. The interior impresses mine scenario, is a return to the past, to history. Access is through a trolley that takes and brings back the mine. The weather is quite nice! Worth the price of admission (which struck me as well "salty" initially). It is also a point of cave diving!
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  • Are 60 reais (whole) and 40 (half), only accepts cash. Worth, this walk takes us into the history of the place, down in the cart is a wonderful feeling. The monitor was excellent, he told the stories of the mine with a dash of humor
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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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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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