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. Use our Ouro Preto attractions planner to visit Mina do Chico Rei on your trip to Ouro Preto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Interesting site for knowledge of a gold mine. The site opened to visitation is short. Paid access and students and seniors pay half.
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  • Although the Mine is good, the fact of having to pay 25 reais per person in a 30-minute tour, doesn't pay. You'll see only walls dug into the rock, damp, and learn a little as they were made. There are better places in Ouro Preto to invest.
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  • visit to the gold mine whose property is attributed to the legendary Chico Rei. The great service of the Matthew, who patiently answers all the questions and aggregates information about the life of Chico Rei and mine exploration. Not recommended for small children or people with some difficulty of locomotion, as there are some tighter passes to pass.
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  • Slave who bought his freedom then this mine and used the gold to free others. Fascinating and worth your time. Loved it.
  • Great experience. It's a bit strange to wander around an old mine, as there is not much to see, but I loved scrambling up and down. You get a bit dirty, so don't wear white!
  • No big deal
  • Very good and essential to visit. Understood as counterpoint over the whole wealth and glamour of baroque churches, the side of those who suffered and shed blood to keep the buildings and all power of Ouro Preto. Humberto guided us and monitored during the journey for the mine and made it worth every minute. Recommend!
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  • The mine is located in the city of Ouro Preto, where the ancients who Chico Rei, brought from the Congo as slave worked exploiting it to buy your freedom and, later, the mine itself, during the gold cycle in Brazil. He is other slaves hid gold in her hair. So get the money for your freedom and purchase the mine.
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