Well Planned City Inside Contorno Ave. (Circular Ring ). Tourists should bear in mind to stay only inside Contorno Ave. The neighbourings worth roaming are: Lourdes, Funcionarios, Santo agostinho,...
Not culturally rich as you'd expected from a large city, and not exactly pretty.
I am bias
A great museum for history lovers, named after the 20th century writer Abílio Barreto.Sprawling Belo Horizonte was little more than a farm (fazenda) until 1893, and this museum, set in the farm's only surviving buildings. The history is brought back to life in MHAB (the initials of the museum and how it is called by Mineros), of this city that is a...more
Pampulha is a picture postcard city. It has something to offer every kind of tourist, from scenic beauty to sports. The weather is pleasant and the surroundings are beautiful, thanks to the 18 km long lagoon. It is along this lagoon that the famous race "Volta Internacional da Pampulha" is held every year. This 18 kilometre race was first held in...more
Stop by Palacio das Artes, next to the Parque Municipal to check out if there are any shows, concerts or exhibitions that are worth seeing.The day I was there, I happened upon a very moving and excellent exhibition on the works of French photographer Pierre Verger.more
Yeah I would recommend it! This was the first time I went to BH, but for sure I'll stay in this nice...more
Nice and confortable Hotel. Great Breakfest. They also have a good Sauna but a really small pool.more
Avda Joao Pinheiro 602, Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, 30130180, Brazil
Good for: Couples
ChurasCaria is a typical meal in Brasil, there are so many kind of CC. From the basic one (along the road mostly for truck drivers) or in the city (like the one I tried) where the quality is higher.The full meal is about 30/35 Real (around 10 € = 13 $) You can have all vegetable you want plus many kind of meat.- Pig- Chicken- And Many many kind of...more
Dona Luzinha has great atmosphere that is reminiscent of the region's colonial culture, and provides typical local food from Minas Gerais. Very traditional home-cooked style of food with a lot of feijao (beans), meats tendered with Cachaza and different stews.more
A little gem of a restaurant in BH's zona sul, just off Savassi. Its run by Nasrin and her partner Claudio. Nasrin is a passionate cook and can also explain alot about Iranian cooking and culture in English. You really feel like you're stepping into their home, as the restaurant definitely has their personal touch and warmth, not to mention the...more
The cuisine is a family tradition nurtured with love and its secrets were passed from generation to generation.It works with typical “Mineira” food served in an ambience that reminds of the architecture of the two-story houses and farms of colonial times. The cuisine is therefore divided in two categories also: the cuisine of the farms and the...more
There you can try some typical plates from Minas Gerais as "feijão tropeiro". Open until 5 or 6 o'clock the bar is frequently chosen for those who wants to eat or drink something before going home after a party.Plates to try:- the traditional "espaguete"- the "rochedão com feijão tropeiro"- the "mexido" (you can ask half of a mexido if you're not...more
After this trip to Brasil I can say that there are 2 nationnal sports in Brasil:- FootBall (soccer)- Looking the girls!there is a sentence a Brasil guy (André) told me: One time his wife (fed up about the football) : I'm going to find and other man! Stop watching football!And he replied: Oh, you can look for an other one, there are all watching...more
If you’re planning to go to Belo Horizonte by plane (through Confins’ Airport) be aware that it takes another long way to make it to Belo Horizonte’s downtown.If you take a taxi from this airport you’ll pay something around 70 reais (32 USD, at today’s exchange rate). So, I suggest you take the executive bus. It costs only 13,45 reais/ person and...more
Location: staying inside Contorno AVe. is paramount. If you stay in Lourdes, Funcionarios, Santo Agostinho or Savassi then you can expect to catch the YEllow Bus: SC02, SC03, SC04. however they do NOT run on the weekends or late evenings so be prepared to catch the Blue Buses or cabs(taxis) or simply WALK. Actually walking and riding the yellow...more
This huge central market is great for shopping for daily goods and produces, especially if you cook. There are sections selling pets, household wares, clothes, meat, cheese, etc...I bought a crystal display from here. You certainly can find a bargain here as it is not catered for tourists at all. There are also food stalls where you can stop by for...more
The authorities of Belo Horizonte manages to close the busy Avenue Afonso Pena and stall-holders and their helpers miraculously transform this road into a HUGE MARKET. There are over 3000 stall-holders in this market!! Belo Horizonte is quite an untouristy town that most people just skip it. Well, true, I do not have much else to recommend about...more
Central Market (producer's fair) downtown has many stalls (outlets) grouped under one roof. Reasonably safe and cheap. There are some wooden spoons reasonably cheap among other curious articrafts in Downtown Central Market (producer's messe) . If you need clothes in an emergency go to downtown outlets and shops. If you have money to waste go to...more
The Downtown region in Belo Horizonte concentrates a lot of Popular Malls. Actually these malls has cheap shops that mainly sells irregular imported products.
Also the region concentrates many thiefs know as "Pickpockets".
The main malls are: "Shopping Oiapoque" and "Shopping Xavantes".
So, the tip is to avoid these ones. If you want to go, please be aware and don't care any important document and maximum R$50 to R$80 in small bill notes.
Luggage and bags:
Backpacks or light bag with wheels. Never forget about the wheels!!(strong ones)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: April to September: sandals or sneakers, T-shirts, pair of jeans, light jacket.
October to March: Umbrella, raincoat, plastic shoes plus the above mentioned.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Prescription medicines are not sold without prescription. All toiletries are found.
Photo Equipment: Anything low maintainance and digital.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The city has no campings or outdoor accomodations.
Miscellaneous: Life in Belo Horizonte is meant to be urban: commuters, shoppings, offices, schooling, housing, buildings, avenues. You are not about to see anyone taking pictures around.The city is Not a tourist attraction.
absolutly idyllic....and a little in the shadow of Ouro Preto. both Towns are just around 100km from Belo Horizonte and a must see.especially Mariana is worth to visit, and as far as I know not so crowded by Tourist nowadays then Ouro Preto, and from here the royal trail....Slavepath worth exploring toohave a look at my Mariana pagemore
There are a few caves not far from Belo Horizonte - Gruta Lapinha, only 36km away; Gruta Maquine, 121km away; and Gruta Rei do Mato, 73km away.You can certainly do these trips by local buses. Go to the Rodoviaria and ask for the bus companies for the schedules to take you there. Note that some of the schedules are quite odd, like they leave very...more
The 'Topo do Mundo' paraglider base jump, wich means 'Top of the World' is located at the top of 'Serra da Moeda', a local ridge. It's very traditional and one of the most searched places by paragliders to have a beautiful and good jump.
The paraglider jump provides a wonderful view over the ridges of Minas Gerais and you can also find a good restaurant at the top. There are many competetitions all over the year and also free-paragliders doin' it all the time.
If you are begginer or you don't have the equipment to jump, you can rent and pay a professional instructor for that, it'll cost you around R$100 (US$50). If you are a tourist in Minas Gerais, I strongly recommend that jump because it'll show you in a paraglider fly how beautiful and imponent is this beautiful state.
Equipment: - Paraglider equipment
Belo Horizonte can't delight with beaches, sun and sand, but can show of with wonderful architecture, fine restaurants, wonderful parks and a mountanous surrounding second to none.
around 450km from Rio de Janeiro
around 580km from Sao Paulo
Belo is a little off the beaten tourist path, but for those who make the trip, its very rewarding!!
if you have some time, look at my Nova Lima page and you see what I mean
Fondest memory: the park Pampulha, with one of the early architectural designs by Oscar Niemeyer and the surroundings in beautiful contrast to it.
Belo is also blessed with a wonderful nitelife, great Restaurants.
or watch on sunday a football game at the Minerao Stadium.