Admire the horizon of Belo Horizonte

Before boarding your flight to Belo Horizonte…

Belo Horizonte, or "beautiful horizon" in English, is the principal city of the Minas Gerais state, in south-east Brazil. With more than 2 300 000 inhabitants in the inner city for a surface area of 331 km², Belo Horizonte has the third largest population of any Brazilian city, behind le capital Sao Paulo and the emblematic Rio de Janeiro . Located at an altitude of around 860 metres, the city is at the foot of the mountains and is very hilly. Built in 1897 in a state known for its emerald and gold mines, Belo Horizonte is today one of the 10 Latin American cities most active in business, primarily in service industries. Considered as the Brazilian Silicon Valley, Belo Horizonte is home to many start-ups. Belo Horizonte's climate is that of a tropical savannah: at its coldest, the average temperature is 14 degrees, while in summer, during the rainy season, the average temperature is 22 degrees.
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What to do when you arrive in Belo Horizonte?

There's no shortage of things to do in Belo Horizonte. Culture, shopping or walking: this Brazilian city offers them all. Those who appreciate museums will be thrilled to discover the city's history from various points of view in different cultural sites such as:
  • The Centro de Arte Popular - CEMIG
  • The Museu das Minas e do Metal
  • The Palácio de Liberdade
  • The Minas Gerais - Vale Memorial
  • The Museu de Artes e Ofícios
  • The Casa Fiat de Cultura
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Several festivals are also organised in Belo Horizonte, such as the Festival Internacional de Quadrinhos, the biggest comics festival in Latin America, or the Festival Internacional de Teatro and the Indie Festival, Brazil's largest independent film festival. A wide variety of parks allow visitors to discover the city's natural heritage. A Japanese garden, an aquarium and a zoo complete the city's attractions. To end your walk around Belo Horizonte with a unique panorama, head for the mirante das mangabeiras, the highest spot in the city. Finally, don't miss a visit to Belo Horizonte's covered market, the mercado central, where you will discover the unique atmosphere of this Brazilian city.

Things to know before you take off for Belo Horizonte

The time difference between Belo Horizonte and London is 4 hours: when it is noon in London, it is 8AM in Belo Horizonte. As everywhere in Brazil, the currency in Belo Horizonte is the real: 100 centavos make one real. There are several foreign exchange offices in Belo Horizonte. Day to day dress is generally casual; restaurants do not require a particular standard of dress, although some discothèques are more particular. Concerning tips, most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Normally you would not tip a taxi driver, but just round up the amount to the next whole real. Most shopping centres are open from 10 AM to 10 PM and supermarkets from 8 AM to 10 PM, Monday to Saturday. Shops in the city centre operate shorter hours: 9 AM to 7 PM during the week and 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. Finally, December 12th is a public holiday in Belo Horizonte, celebrating the founding of the city.

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