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Mina da Passagem

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Address: MG-262 (Mariana-Ouro Preto), Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Phone Number: 3135575000
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Mon-Tue 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun 9am-5.30pm

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Kids Lived it!!

The mine cart ride was The best part!! Every minecraft fans dream!! Once in The mine there was little To see but non accessible dark alleys. The tour guides did not speak any... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The mine cart ride was The best part!! Every minecraft fans dream!! Once in The mine there was little To see but non accessible dark alleys. The tour guides did not speak any English, so unless you understand Portuguese, you will not find out any information. There is a lake. Interesting, but not amazing.

1 Thank PaulMarc
Sao Paulo, SP
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142 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

After taking a 10-min line, you access the mine which is 120 meters below the ground through a cable car. After getting there is a guided tour of the mine, where you know the history and appreciate what's inside. There is an underground lake where people practice underground diving. It is interesting, especially for children. I found a little expensive... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

When I bought my ticket the receptionist told me it was a visit of more or less 40min. But that it wasn't the reality!!! We arrived, bought he tickets, took the old little car to go inside the Mina and the guide start to show us and explain the types of rocks, show us the lake and come back. That... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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132 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We got there only to learn that the waiting line was expected to be 2 to 3 hour long! That, plus the price tag of R$ 38 per adult scared us. I've been there some 30 years ago with my school, and it seems to have changed little. It appears that, although only about 10% of the mine have been... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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85 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Mina da Passagem is an inactive underground gold mine that began activity in the early XIX century and stop producing in 1985 according to the guide. It seems to bel owned by the same family that exploited it as a mine and turned it into a touristic destination. You access the underground galleries through a cable car. As of May... More 

1 Thank thefoureyedpanda
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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 

1 Thank Alexander K
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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 

1 Thank DuncanJB
Poughkeepsie, New York
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143 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 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 

1 Thank Gypsgris
Toulouse, France
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104 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

Thank Nathalie D
Belo Horizonte, MG
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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