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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  • Valley went to the passing car, with my husband and my daughter 2 years ago and love the experience!
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  • Places with precarious situation. Amount charged for entry too expensive, but for those who do not know it is interesting to visit a single time. I believe that the amount charged should be for site maintenance ....
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  • Unique experience, Great to expand the knowledge of history and on the exploitation of gold. Be on site brings the feeling of being back in the past.
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  • Whereas the visitation is very short, I found very expensive the amount charged by ... The mine that enters the restaurant is small. The visit lasts 15 minitos, the guide was with ill will in the explanations and didn't have a card with value of the input. He charged 50 Reais. I've been in the mine of the passage and is much better! I don't recommend the Chico Rei (at least that's the restaurant at the entrance. Disappointed!
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  • Is the most picturesque region mine. It is worth visiting, light clothes and appropriate shoes, there are points that require crouching, humid areas. Here the extraction was all handmade, to feel the atmosphere of the time.
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  • Is it legal to kill the ciriosidade, don't put a lot of expectations, the place is nice, but nothing more. It's cool if you want to customize any jewelry tbem.
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  • Nice story, but it is not so attractive when it comes to the mine because it is small and does not have any information explaining the luga, is simply a hole (tunnel) up to a certain point and back. Have a restaurant in its place.
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While it may not be possible to stay in one of the town's grander Baroque buildings, there are plenty of characterful places to sleep in Ouro Preto. In the center, find old town houses converted into small hotels and pousadas (guesthouses)--all located close to the main cultural attractions. If you look slightly farther from the center, you can find accommodations perched up in the town's hills, offering extensive views of the historic center and its proud architecture. In this established tourist destination, you'll find luxury and budget options to suit a range of tastes and requirements.
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