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Minas de Chico Rei

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Address: | Near Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400000, Brazil
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+55 31 3551-1749
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We enjoyed the ride into and out of the mine. Our guide did not speak English, but we are working on our Portuguese and she was very nice and helped us understand what she was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 August 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We enjoyed the ride into and out of the mine. Our guide did not speak English, but we are working on our Portuguese and she was very nice and helped us understand what she was saying. The museum back outside needs some more signage.

Thank sachidewey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Compared to other attractions quite expensive. Starts with a trip down on a cart. Show round through the mines. Interesting history. Guide did not speak english.

1 Thank Reinier1612
Miramar, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

Visited this now disused mine on my trip to Ouro Preto. Very welcoming team be prepared to relive the experience of miners many of whom were brought in as slaves from Africa. They have a very nice shop selling an array of semi-precious stones and jewelry.

Thank Franklyn E
Rajkot, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

the atmosphere at Ouro Preto is infectious. the cobbled streets and quaint restaurants interspersed with the gorgeous churches and exquisite shops is very interesting. Shops have genuine stuff and prices are better than airports and cities.

Thank Kikasan65
Chilliwack, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

Very interesting historical sight. The "tram" ride down into the mine shaft is an experiance in itself. The "up" ride was equally thrilling. We had a guide for the underground tour and that was very helpful. The groundside museum is interesting but not really too much to peruse.

1 Thank ctichel1
Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

While staying in Belo Horizonte we took a trip to Ouro Petro. We hired a driver who also spoke both English and Portuguese and off we went. It was a 2 hour drive into the mountains with many photo ops along the way. We toured a slave church, a church full of millions of dollars of gold, museums, gem shops,... More 

1 Thank terri E
Essex Coast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2014

The highlight is the descent into the mine on a carriage driven down by gravity and raised by compressed air (steam originally, I guess). There is not much to see down there, but the guide is entertaining (as long as you have an interpreter!) The inevitable gift shop is quite good and has some reasonably priced minerals.

1 Thank EssexRiparian
Belo Horizonte, MG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

A great place to go if it is not raining. An underground inactivate mine that in the past yielded 25 tons of gold and was owned by an slave Chico Rei. One can walk through some galleries with a guide.

Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

I learned a lot about Brazilian and European History in Ouro Preto and visiting the mines was very enriching. It was very special and at times fun like when we took the troll down and when the super smart guide made so many jokes and explained the origin of many Brazilian expressions we say nowadays. The guide we had was... More 

Thank Marcela O
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

For the price of entry you expect a lot more than is on offer. The descent into the mine on a mining car is exciting but sadly the highlight. The mines themselves are vast but you can only visit around 100m of the 22 km. There is a small lake where Scuba Diving can be arranged.

3 Thank Stjohn and Clar... N

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