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4 Mar 2017
“Gives good idea how was it to work in gold mine”
2 Aug 2016
“Fun Visit!”
| Near Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
+55 31 3551-1749
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

The gold mines are what made the region important some years before. Chico Rei mine shows perfectly what was the technology those days and how people worked underground. It also explains the specifics of 'black' gold. Small museum outside presents some tools and machines used...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank mikocot
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.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank sachidewey
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.

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank Reinier1612
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...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Franklyn E
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.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Kikasan65
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...More

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank ctichel1
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...More

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank terri E
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...More

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank EssexRiparian
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.

Date of experience: June 2014
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...More

Date of experience: December 2013
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