Things to do in Belo Horizonte
Copa Airlines flights to Belo Horizonte transport you to the capital of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state and home to nearly 2.5 million people. A popular business destination, Belo Horizonte is also a burgeoning destination for art lovers—one of our favorite things to do in Belo Horizonte is to admire the city’s outstanding art exhibits. Framed by monumental palm trees, the opulent Praça da Liberdade square is the perfect place to start your tour. After taking in the square’s garden and intersecting broad boulevards, head outside the city center to the modernist Pampulha complex, designed in the 1940s by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer. Then visit Inhotim, Brazil’s premier contemporary outdoor art exhibit. Finish the day by savoring one of the region’s hearty rich bean stews or pork dishes, and enjoying a night cap at a boteco, a traditional bar and Belo Horizonte institution.
Traditional restaurants in Belo Horizonte
The residents of Belo Horizonte are proud of their age-old cuisine, a hearty combination of bean dishes, sausages and meat stews. The city is also known for its outstanding bar food, such as cheese breads, sausages and stuffed dumplings, served at local botecos or bars.
Relaxed nightlife in Belo Horizonte
Nightlife in Belo Horizonte is a casual, laidback affair. Locals gather at traditional bars (botecos) for a friendly chat, a drink and some delicious snacks. Belo Horizonte is famous for its cachaça, a sugar cane distillate. Unlike the kind you’ll find in your caipirinha, these carefully aged local varieties are as smooth and complex as fine whiskey.
Belo Horizonte Travel Tips
- The weather in Belo Horizonte is warm and tropical in the summer, but can be cool in the winter months between June and September. Most rain falls in the summer months of December, January and February.
- Reserve a hotel downtown, near the bustling Praça da Liberdade, to be within easy walking distance of the many things to do in Belo Horizonte.
- Plan your trip for April and May to enjoy the yearly boteco food festival, when more than 40 local chefs compete to create the city’s best bar food.
- Although Belo Horizonte is a large and bustling city, the downtown area is pleasant and walkable by day and into the evening. Late at night, aim to take a taxi.
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