- 1 to 3 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Considered as the "cradle" of paleontology in the country, the grotto was discovered in 1825 by farmer Joaquim Maria Maquiné, then the landowner. It is widely known for its paleontological importance detected initially by Peter Claussen and the Danish naturalist Peter Wilhelm Lund who scientifically first explored it in 1834. Dr. Lund remained inside the cave nearly two years doing his research on the Brazilian paleontology, describing all the chambers, explaining the formation of stalagmites and stalactites and examining human remains and petrifaction of animals from the Quaternary period. Among others, he found fossilized skeletons of birds with an extraordinary curvature of up to three meters and the Nothrotherium maquinense, the smallest and most emblematic of the terrestrial sloths which he found in 1835 when he first explored the cave.
- All Fees and Taxes
- Entry/Admission - Maquine Cave
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled water
- local guide
Visit: Maquine Cave, Cordisburgo, State of Minas Gerais
Gruta de Maquiné (Maquiné cave), also Lapa Nova de Maquiné, is the oldest and one of the most commercially visited caves in Brazil. It is located about 5km from Cordisburgo and 143km northwest of Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
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