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

Savassi
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale which includes interior views

Savassi

Known for Museums, Monuments, Culture

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Savassi is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Liberty Square and Afonso Pena Avenue.

Centro
Palace of Arts showing interior views

Centro

Known for Theaters, Culture, Castles

4/5(12 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.

Pampulha
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Pampulha

Known for Lakes, Dining

Restaurants and lake views are just a few things travelers like about Pampulha. A stop by Lagoa Pampulha is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

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

Lourdes

Known for Museums, Skyscrapers, Fashion

4.5/5(6 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.

Califórnia
'The trip to the incredible botanical garden/contemporary arts museum of Inhotim' ...the largest open-air museum in Latin America.

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Califórnia

While there might not be top attractions in Califórnia, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Museum of Natural Sciences and Itau Power Shopping.

Santo Antonio
Minas Gerais
trover photo by JC Montecarlo

Santo Antonio

Known for Dining, Walking, Spas

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Santo Antonio is well-liked for its restaurants. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like Liberty Square and Afonso Pena Avenue.

Top Hotels in Belo Horizonte

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena
ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena
2.5 out of 5
Rua Rio Grande do Norte 784, Belo Horizonte, MG
¥3,041
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10

Located in Savassi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Afonso Pena Avenue and Liberty Square. September Seven Square and Lagoinha Baptist Church are also ...

3.8/5Good! (395 reviews)

"Excelent cost/benefit ratio"…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2018

ibis budget Belo Horizonte Afonso Pena
ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro
ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro
2.5 out of 5
Avenida Bias Fortes 783, Lourdes, Belo Horizonte, MG
¥3,117
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3

Located in Lourdes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Minas Centro Convention Center, Central Market, and Raul Soares Square. DiamondMall and Liberty ...

3.9/5Very Good! (470 reviews)
Great Value

"Great stay at a great price!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2017

ibis budget Belo Horizonte Minascentro
San Diego Express Barro Preto
San Diego Express Barro Preto
3 out of 5
Avenida Barbacena, 41, Barro Preto, Belo Horizonte, MG
¥3,877
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Barro Preto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Academy of Military Police and Afonso Pena Avenue. Liberty Square and September Seven Square are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,029 reviews)

"Nice clean updated property. Walkable to shopping and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

San Diego Express Barro Preto

Popular things to do in Belo Horizonte

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.

Mineirao Stadium
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Mineirao Stadium

4.5/5(7 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. 

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi
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Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

5/5(6 reviews)

Oscar Niemeyer’s beautiful and controversial masterpiece of organic modernism is one of Brazil’s most celebrated landmarks and Belo Horizonte’s shining jewel.

Afonso Pena Avenue
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Afonso Pena Avenue

4.5/5(8 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Afonso Pena Avenue, a popular 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.

Palace of Arts
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Palace of Arts

4/5(8 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

Photographic Night Tour
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Photographic Night Tour

¥5,248

Check out is at 7:30 p.m. and return is around 9:30 p.m. The tour is done in the company of a professional photographer graduated in tourism, resulting in that we are able to explore the BEST images of our clients in Monte Verde.

Lapinha Cave Admission Ticket
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Lapinha Cave Admission Ticket

¥1,148

Visit: Lapinha Cave, R. Nossa Sra. do Rosario, s/n Sumidouro State Park, Lagoa Santa, State of Minas Gerais 33400-000 Brazil Located in the district of Lapinha in Lagoa Santa, its tourist circuit is about 300 meters long, distributed in galleries and halls.

Bike Rental
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Bike Rental

¥3,171

Que tal um passeio mais light e livre. Oferecemos aluguel de bikes para você curtir Monte Verde em duas rodas com essencial da MTB lazer. Podemos dar sugestões de roteiros dentro da cidade com mapa ilustrado com rota indicada.

Reviews of Belo Horizonte

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 46.808510638297875%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.893617021276595%
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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.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2018

Difficult to get around without English speaking guides and maps