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“Back in time”

Trem da Vale – Ouro Preto e Mariana
Ranked #15 of 129 things to do in Ouro Preto
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The railway section connecting Ouro Preto to Mariana enchants visitors of Brazil and the world with its 18 km of history, culture, and natural beauties. On one side, the first village and capital of Minas - Mariana. On the other, a city that is a world heritage and attracts tourists from all over the world - Ouro Preto. The trip of approximately one hour is incredible through the almost unblemished beauties of the old gold route, the vegetation that varies between Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest) and Cerrado (tropical savanna) and, of course, through the baroque architecture of more than 300 years of history.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 November 2012

Although not dramatic the scenery is very nostalgic and I felt like going back in time. The train moves slowly which gives it a romantic feel. Kids love not only the tour itself but also the train station in Mariana where there is a fabulous playground entirely made with iron parts. You can buy the ticket directly at the station, it´s very cheap.

2  Thank Fbvilela
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

The train wends its way through thegorges on the way to Mariana. Scenery is nice but the engineering feat that allowedthis railway to be laid is amazing.

1  Thank quin88
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Only Fridays to Sundays,

Lovely way to return to Ouro Preto from Mariana which is smaller and more charming than Ouro Preto. Mariana is half an hour away (bus stop is north east of tirandente sq., runs twice hourly, single ticket costs R$3) . all sites are well indicated in the streets (no maps required) and the churches charge only $2 compared with the $8 in op. and they let you take photos which you cannot do in Ouro Preto, and you can climb the bell tower of the basilica at no extra cost which has a beautiful view of the town.

The train runs between ouro preto & mariana. we took the 1400h back from mariana. The 1 hour pictureque ride cost R$25 single, R$13 for over 60 years old.

from ouro ptreto train station, take the local bus back up to tirandentes square R$1.90 Single.

3  Thank weechuan
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Nice experience. Some intereting landscape and since I usually am the driver it was nice to stare out the window. Mariana is a bit more contemporary (read dirty & industrial), but the historic section is small and easily matches OP. Its a nice diversion for a half day away from the steep hills of OP.

1  Thank AnuddaGringinrio
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

The train was not running on the day we visted but we called into both stations and could see what a heritage treasure this is. Both steam and diesel traction is used on old rolling stock. All the buildings have been superbly restored and include a working model railway of the line.

1  Thank Jim H
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