The city of Belo Horizonte is the sixth largest in Brazil and the thirteenth largest in all of South America. The name ‘Beautiful Horizon’ came from the fact that the city has a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The Belo Horizonte metropolitan area is listed as the third most populous metropolitan area in Brazil. The city is also the capital of the Minas Gerais state, the second most populous state in Brazil.
Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim - Located 50km west of the city centre, Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim is a complex of gardens that offers more than just 1,600 species of plants, lakes with swans, a peaceful ambience, and fresh air. The complex is peppered with several outdoor sculptures and 16 modern art galleries. If while touring the area you start feeling a bit peckish, you will find the on-site restaurant and café to be of service.
Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale - The museum features original and interactive exhibits and audiovisual installations to take visitors through the history of Minas Gerais, from the 18th century to the 21st century. The museum takes up three floors, which can be viewed in any order. Entrance into the memorial is free of charge.
Feira de Arte e Artesanato - Belo Horizonte's Sunday street fair is an inviting place for anyone searching for clothing, street food, random trinkets, toys, shoes, decor, jewellery, and more. Even if you're not in the mood to shop and would rather just eat and hang out, one of the largest fairs in Latin America is definitely still worth a visit.
Gruta Rei do Mato - There are three caves in the area surrounding Belo Horizonte, but perhaps the most interesting of the three is the Gruta Rei do Mato, or Cave of the Forest King. The cave contains prehistoric paintings and petroglyphs. It can be found 70km north of the city centre, and can easily be reached by car, taxi, or bus.
Mangabeiras Park - The park located on the slopes of Curral Hills is the biggest environmental reserve in the city. It is also one of the largest urban parks in Latin America. The beautiful park is a wonderful site for recreational activities, or simply to stroll around.
How to get around within Belo Horizonte
There's always a small risk in travelling by foot wherever you are, but if you do it on Belo Horizonte, make sure to bring a map as it might be easy to get lost. Also remember to wear comfortable shoes as the city was built over a land with plenty of hills. Never stray into hidden or secluded paths, even in the daylight.
The city is well served by colour-coded buses and one of the most reliable taxi fleet in Latin America. Cab rides are relatively inexpensive.
How to get there
Tancredo Neves International Airport, formerly known as Confins International Airport, is the primary airport serving Belo Horizonte located in Confins. The airport serves as a hub for Azul Brazilian Airlines but also works with Avianca Brazil, Copa Airlines, Gol Transportes Aéreos, Aerolíneas Argentinas, American Airlines, TAM Airlines, and TAP Portugal in order to provide flights to and from Miami, Buenos Aires, Panama City, Lisbon, and other parts of Brazil.
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