Belo Horizonte (map) is the capital city of the state of *Minas Gerais in Brazil. It is a vibrant and bustling city with a rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine, and stunning natural surroundings. For travelers, it’s a good stopping point on the way to the beautiful colonial towns such as Ouro Preto and *Tiradentes.
Attractions and Landmarks:
Praça da Liberdade (map): This historic square is the heart of the city and home to several important buildings, museums, and cultural institutions.
Inhotim (map): Located just outside of Belo Horizonte, Inhotim is a unique open-air contemporary art museum set amidst beautiful gardens and tropical landscapes.
Pampulha Architectural Complex: Designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, this complex includes the famous São Francisco de Assis Church (map) and the Pampulha Art Museum (map), among other architectural gems.
Mercado Central (map): A bustling market where you can find a wide variety of local products, including fresh produce, traditional food, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
Mangabeiras Park (map): This vast urban park offers panoramic views of the city, hiking trails, picnic areas, and outdoor sports facilities.
If you have a few days available on your trip, visit Serra do Cipó National Park (map). 100km from BH, it is a great place for camping, mountaineering, trekking, caving and other extreme activities. With a good tourist infrastructure, it is also suitable for those who like to rest close to nature.
Major high-rise hotels are generally on Av. Afonso Pena or at Savassi neighborhood, while mid-range and budget accommodations are clustered around the train station.
Try the traditional Minas Gerais cuisine, known for its hearty and flavorful dishes. Don’t miss the famous pão de queijo (cheese bread), feijoada (black bean stew with pork), and tutu à mineira (a dish made with beans and cassava flour).
Belo Horizonte is also known for its vibrant bar scene and botecos (traditional bars) where you can enjoy local snacks called petiscos along with cold beers.
Climate: Belo Horizonte has a tropical savanna climate, characterized by hot and humid summers and mild winters. The city experiences most of its rainfall between October and March.
Safety: Like any major city, it’s important to exercise caution and take standard safety precautions. Be mindful of your belongings, particularly in crowded areas, and avoid displaying expensive items or large amounts of cash. If you stay in the City Center, avoid the area around the bus station and Praça Sete. Very crowded during the day and not so safe at night.