Belo HorizonteBrazil

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The city of Belo Horizonte is a sunny retreat in the mountains with great parks, art galleries, theaters and historical monuments.

Brazilian city Belo Horizonte is surrounded by large parks and mountains. It was founded in the 19th century with the mining industry at its core. Now, as one of the largest cities in Brazil, it is a center of fashion, art and business.

Enjoy a trip to the popular Praça de Estação (Station Square) in the downtown area. Look for the museum that is also a former train station. Browse exhibits about old professions including cobblers and metal workers.

Remaining in the city center, visit the first church to be constructed in Belo Horizonte: Igreja São José (San Jose Church). Admire its grandiose façade, Gothic-style spires and stained-glass windows. The church is a regular meeting place for travelers and locals.

Near the San Jose Church is the Museu Mineiro (Mining Museum). Learn about old tools and see old furniture and other artifacts from the 18th century. Peruse the mining-themed sculptures and other artwork on display.

Spend the evening at one of the principal art hubs in the city, the Palácio das Artas (Art Palace), which is both a theater and a gallery. Enjoy classical recitals and other music events in the spacious concert hall with great acoustics. The Savassi district is known for its excellent nightlife and many restaurants. Enjoy meats cooked over a wood stove and mineiro cheese from local dairies. Drink caipirinha cocktails or locally produced coffee while you listen to Brazilian rock or dance the samba.

Plan your visit to Belo Horizonte around an international festival: photography, short film and comics, among others. Attend a soccer match at the Mineirão Stadium, chosen as one of Brazil’s host arenas for the World Cup in 2014.

Belo Horizonte’s temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year with hot, wet weather from November through March and warm, dry winter months. You can reach the city by flying into the international airport, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Belo Horizonte. It’s also possible to travel there by bus from other major Brazilian cities.

Where to stay in Belo Horizonte

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Pampulha

Travelers enjoy Pampulha for its restaurants and lake views. Consider checking out Lagoa Pampulha while you're in the area.

Pampulha
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale which includes interior views

Savassi

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Savassi is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Afonso Pena Avenue and Bank of Brazil Cultural Center.

Savassi
Palace of Arts showing interior views

Centro

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and museums in Centro. You might want to make time for a stop at September Seven Square or Afonso Pena Avenue.

Centro
Belo Horizonte which includes modern architecture, a garden and a sunset

Lourdes

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

Unique features of Lourdes include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Afonso Pena Avenue or Inimá de Paula Museum while you're exploring the area.

Lourdes
Minas Gerais
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Santo Antonio

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Visitors to Santo Antonio appreciate its restaurants. A visit to Afonso Pena Avenue and September Seven Square might round out your trip if you're looking to see more of the area.

Santo Antonio

Top Hotels in Belo Horizonte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
eSuites SPA Lagoa Santa
eSuites SPA Lagoa Santa
3.5 out of 5
R. dos Operários, 735, Vila Joana Darc, Centro, Lagoa Santa, MG
$62
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Lagoa Santa, this spa hotel is 6.1 mi (9.8 km) from Casa Da Cultura and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lapinha Cave and Santuario Schoenstatt. City Administrative ...

4.4/5Excellent! (400 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"Very nice place. My room had a lake view. Restaurant was excellent. I would stay again without hesitation."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

eSuites SPA Lagoa Santa
Linx Confins
Linx Confins
3.5 out of 5
Rodovia LMG 0800, KM 7,9, Confins, MG
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$48
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Santuario Schoenstatt and within 12 mi (20 km) of Casa Da Cultura and Lapinha Cave. Afonso Pena ...

4.3/5Excellent! (343 reviews)

"Across from airport is great. But nothing else near bye."…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Linx Confins
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Prudente de Moraes, 520, Cidade Jardim, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
$61
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Santo Antonio, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Abilio Barreto Historical Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Afonso Pena Avenue and September Seven ...

4.3/5Excellent! (484 reviews)

"Wi-fi was very slow."…"

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte

Popular things to do in Belo Horizonte

Serra do Cipo National Park
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Serra do Cipo National Park

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Serra do Cipo National Park, a popular green space in Jaboticatubas.

Afonso Pena Avenue
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Afonso Pena Avenue

4.5/5(8 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Afonso Pena Avenue, a favorite shopping spot in Belo Horizonte. Amble around the area's parks or experience its museums.

September Seven Square
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September Seven Square

4/5(5 reviews)

Look up at the famous Lollipop that rises from a large square platform at the heart of this central plaza.

Inhotim
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Inhotim

4.5/5(11 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Inhotim, a museum with a story of its own, during your trip to Brumadinho. Wander the forest and gardens while you're in the area.

Liberty Square
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Liberty Square

4/5(15 reviews)

Museums and stately landmarks surrounded this central square, which has gardens inspired by the designs of the Palace of Versailles.

Palace of Arts
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Palace of Arts

4/5(9 reviews)

Attend art exhibitions and live music events at this cultural complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer and located in a city center park. 

Top activities in Belo Horizonte

Round trip transfer private minivan from-to Confins Intl. Airport-Belo Horizonte
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Round trip transfer private minivan from-to Confins Intl. Airport-Belo Horizonte

$32
Per adult
Transfer in Private Car from Confins Intl Airport (CNF) to Belo Horizonte city
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Transfer in Private Car from Confins Intl Airport (CNF) to Belo Horizonte city

$24
Per adult
Transfer in private minivan from Confins Intl. Airport (CNF) to Belo Horizonte
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Transfer in private minivan from Confins Intl. Airport (CNF) to Belo Horizonte

$16
Per adult
Bike Rental
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Bike Rental

$31
Per adult
Transfer in Private Car from Belo Horizonte city to Confins Intl Airport (CNF)
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Transfer in Private Car from Belo Horizonte city to Confins Intl Airport (CNF)

$24
Per adult
LOW COST - Belo Horizonte Airport Transfer
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LOW COST - Belo Horizonte Airport Transfer

$11
Per adult

Reviews of Belo Horizonte

4.2

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 25, 2019

A vibrant city with key historical landmarks and a great nightlife with bars, restaurants, music and cultural options. Beautiful and friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Dpobiak

Jul 20, 2019

It’s a beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 3, 2019

The Sunday Hippo Festival was excellent

3/5 - Okay

Ks

Jun 30, 2019

Cafe palhares

5/5 - Excellent

EEJ

Apr 9, 2019

Great city with friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Edward

Mar 24, 2019

Nice city, friendly people.