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“Nice small mine to check out”
Review of Minas de Chico Rei

Minas de Chico Rei
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Waterfall Jungle Jeep Adventure and Cachaca Tour from Paraty
Ranked #21 of 129 things to do in Ouro Preto
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Mina de Passagem is a little out of town and is in a lovely location up on a hill surrounded by greenery and a river below. They have some old equipment lying outside to check out while you wait for the tour and a very minor museum indoors as well. It's a nice short 'train' ride down into the mine where there's a fairly short and small tour, but which is still interesting, especially to see how clear the water is below.
I had been told I could go for a swim in the water but it looked like the only option was if you book ahead to scuba dive there, which could be really interesting!

1  Thank Kalmaro
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

The little railway into the mine is a lot of fun. It was just the two of us so we had the guide to ourselves. He didn't speak english, but with a little pointing and showing it was still interesting. The lake in the mine is incredibly clear.

2  Thank BartMarleen
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

The photos and reviews are actually of the Minas da Passagem, which is located about 4km away from Ouro Preto on the road to Mariana. You can easily take a bus there for 3R from near Praca Tiradentes. Entrance is 26R for adults, slightly less for children and students. The museum above ground is nothing special and has no explanations. However, the 315-meter ride on a rickety rail car at the beginning and end of the tour is the absolute highlight of a trip to the mine - you drop down 120 meters below the surface, and you'll have no trouble imagining yourself 100+ years in the past when this was a working mine. You can't explore very much of the mine, but on a quiet day, the place has a lot of atmosphere, and the mandatory guide who went with me was both very accommodating and a surprisingly good photographer. Something worth mentioning is that you can scuba dive at the mine - but you'll have to call the mine for details.

6  Thank RMFglobal
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

A site all rather run down and delapidated which gives it a very genuine feeling.
Access into the mine is on a steel cabled trolly down 30 metres from where you can wander along the cool and damp tunnels. The walls glisten with gold specs!

1  Thank Jim H
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

It's a mine in the middle of the city. Nice to know how the city grew around small mines like these. There are ruins of many more like this around, but there is no minimal structure for a visit.

Thank tiogegeca
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