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Mina do Chico Rei, Ouro Preto

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More than two thirds of this 250 m (820 ft) deep mine is underwater, but the museum outside and the other one third of Mina do Chico Rei provides plenty of mine history for nondiving explorers. At the museum, you'll learn about the history of the mine and the reasons why it filled with water. Follow the museum up with a tour of the mine galleries not submerged; there you'll get a sense of how a worker must have felt working in narrow passages and large galleries. If you’re in an underwater spelunking mood, then book an introductory diving tour of the cave’s entrance with a guide. Below the water you’ll see tram tracks, old boots, and discarded tools resting where they were left when the mine was abandoned. After your underwater adventure, check out the restaurant for some quick eats and a cold drink. Arrange to visit Mina do Chico Rei and other attractions in Ouro Preto using our Ouro Preto holiday planner.
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  • The gold mines are what made the region important some years before. Chico Rei mine shows perfectly what was the technology those days and how people worked underground. It also explains the specifics...  more »
  • Interesting to know a little more about how it was the work of mining back in the days of slavery, as well as the history of this legendary character. Not recommend for those who bother with tight spaces: the corridors are very narrow, dark, and it is necessary to walk down in several stretches.
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  • You have to be careful with the street guides. the place needs to be more valued. but worth knowing!
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  • Merece muito a visita
  • Muito bom.
  • Excelente guia.
  • Muito bom.
  • Vale pela historia do lugar.