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Address: MG-262 (Mariana-Ouro Preto), Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Description: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun 9am-5.30pm

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Provides deep insights to early gold mining

This is an excellent trip, if at least one of you understands Portuguese. Often there will be Brazilians on the tour with you that speak some English but you can't bank on it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2014
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It is a bit off the main area of Mariana. You can take a cab for 20 Rs from the train station or you can take a bus (3 or 4 Rs from town center) to get there. You have to buy the tickets in the office for 35 Rs/person. After a short walk there is some sort of exposition... More 

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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This was a unique and great experience, descending a long way in an authentic mining train-wagon to the depths of a previously working gold mine. The mine had not been commercialised or much altered, as far as I know, for tourists, so you got a good idea of what it must have been like not even that long ago. The... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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125 reviews 125 reviews
59 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is an excellent trip, if at least one of you understands Portuguese. Often there will be Brazilians on the tour with you that speak some English but you can't bank on it. The trip into the mine is very authentic and a better thrill than Disney can offer. In the mine you can see various layers, including gold bearing... More 

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Toulouse, France
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a fun (athough slightly pricey) experience. You take a rickety train down the mine (120m deep) and then you get a guided tour of the mine which has a small natural lake. Some reviews have criticized the quality of the tour, ours was good. So it probably dépends on your guide. After hearing about gold mining for the... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

a golden mine that has been closed in 1985. Was explored by the English (Portugal had a debt with England and decided to pay with gold) and is the only one that didn't have slave work on it. Had never been to a gold mine before and thought it was very interesting to see and understand gold extraction and fun... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

the place is a must go! we went down 150 m under the ground and may feel like a miner! if you are a diver you can arrange an instructed dive in the cave! the water is totaly clear and thare are 250 m filled with it, have fun!

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Antwerp, Belgium
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173 reviews 173 reviews
84 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We were really excited to go to the Mina da Passagem because of the obvious significance for the area. The entrance price went up (from the previous poster) to 30Rs per person. This includes a guide (Portuguese-speaking which was no problem for us). We expected a guided tour but apparently that was too much to ask. We got some very... More 

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Rio Claro, SP
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Expensive 27 BRL per person to go down 150 meters after 30 minutes of waiting. Exposition is one dirty room in the premises with some instruments and no appropriate description. Down in the mine a guy gives you 5 minutes explanation and then you go around in a very limited area, after 15 minutes people start to queue again to... More 

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Top Contributor
242 reviews 242 reviews
55 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

It's a wonderful adventure to go down the mines in those strange trams where it feels like you're going to drop off your tiny seat! And what you'll find inside is not gold anymore but incredibly beautiful spaces _ a wondrous landscape down the earth!

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Caracas, Venezuela
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

The museum is basic but the train ride down into the mine is fun! I had a nice and informative guide who spoke well and seemed to like his job, but you need to ask specifically for an english speaking one. The tour was basic but the history is interesting. There are also diving trips you can do but you... More 

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