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Mina da Passagem

MG-262 (Mariana-Ouro Preto), Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Mariana
Type: Mines, Outdoors
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Owner description: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun 9am-5.30pm
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
53 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
72 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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
209 reviews 209 reviews
51 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012 via mobile

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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