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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 20 Attractions in Mariana
Type: Mines, Outdoors
Owner description: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun 9am-5.30pm
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Type: Mines, Outdoors
Owner description: Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun 9am-5.30pm

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  • Spanish first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
58 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
61 helpful votes 61 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
73 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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212 reviews 212 reviews
51 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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