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Belo HorizonteBrazil

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

Praça da Liberdade em Belo Horizonte-Minas Gerais-Brasil. Ao fundo o Palácio da Liberdade, sede do governo estadual.
Liberty Square in Belo Horizonte-Minas Gerais-Brazil. In the background is the Palácio da Liberdade, former  seat of state government.


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.

Belo Horizonte Cultural Center featuring heritage elements


4.5/5Wonderful!(8 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.

Americo Renne Giannetti Municipal Park featuring a garden and a pond


4/5Very Good!(15 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.

Minas Gerais

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
Ouro Minas Palace Hotel
Ouro Minas Palace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Cristiano Machado 4001 Ipiranga, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is ¥4,889 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in Ipiranga, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Minas Shopping and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Lagoinha Baptist Church. Shopping Minas Casa and UFMG ...

4.4/5Excellent! (592 reviews)

"Hotel muito bom, recepção super educada, nota mil, melhor hotel de ló horizonte e voltarei a me hospedar lá com certeza"…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Ouro Minas Palace Hotel
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
The price is ¥5,175 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

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! (496 reviews)


Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Belo Horizonte
Radisson Blu Belo Horizonte, Savassi
Radisson Blu Belo Horizonte, Savassi
4 out of 5
Rua Lavras, 150, Savassi, Belo Horizonte, MG
The price is ¥10,717 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

Located in São Pedro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chevrolet Hall and Afonso Pena Avenue. September Seven Square and Academy of Military Police are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (316 reviews)

"Muito confortável e o serviço excelente! Com certeza irei voltar!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Radisson Blu Belo Horizonte, Savassi

Popular places to visit in Belo Horizonte

Serra do Cipo National Park
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Serra do Cipo National Park

5/5(1 review)

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

Mineirao Stadium
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Mineirao Stadium

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Experience the passion of Brazilian soccer fans at one of the host stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. It’s also got a cutting-edge museum dedicated to the sport. 

Afonso Pena Avenue
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Afonso Pena Avenue

4.5/5(9 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(6 reviews)

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

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4.5/5(13 reviews)

Inhotim is a top museum in Brumadinho with a rich history. Wander the forest and gardens while you're in the area.

Pope's Square
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Pope's Square

4/5(2 reviews)

Come to this hilltop plaza to discover some of the sublime views that inspired Belo Horizonte’s name, which means Beautiful Horizon. 

Top things to do in Belo Horizonte

Historical Cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana
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Historical Cities of Ouro Preto and Mariana

Per adult
Inhotim - one of the largest open air museums
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Inhotim - one of the largest open air museums

Per adult

Reviews of Belo Horizonte


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4/5 - Good


May 16, 2020

Great city with lots of attractions. Mercado Central is my favoriite place!

5/5 - Excellent

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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


Jul 20, 2019

It’s a beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 3, 2019

The Sunday Hippo Festival was excellent

3/5 - Okay


Jun 30, 2019

Cafe palhares

5/5 - Excellent


Apr 9, 2019

Great city with friendly people.

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