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Minas da Passagem

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Address: R. Eugenio E. Rapallo, 192, Mariana, State of Minas Gerais 35420-000, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 31 3557 5000
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

After a fun ride down with a cable cart, you arrive 120m under ground. Quick visit in Portuguese only. Not very much to see except closed alleys and a small lake. Very expensive 60 reals per adult (same price as the Iguacu falls entrance fee). Possible to dive into the inner lakes (for advanced divers only).

Thank Lionel V
United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

If you are visiting Ouro Preto with kids and you are in need of a fun activity, check out Mina da Passagem, an old mine that still has an operating mine cart that will take you into the depths of the old gold mine. The location gets extra points for character, with antiques and old farming and mine machinery decorating... More 

Thank Jessica J
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

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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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 

Thank RT_sam_RT
Belo Horizonte, MG
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Camilanp
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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 

Thank Annex_BR
Montreal, Canada
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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 

2 Thank thefoureyedpanda
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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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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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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