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Brazil’s first planned modern city is famous for its ambitious and striking architecture, its mining town heritage, its significant green spaces, and its convenience as a sightseeing stopping point towards other destinations around the state of Minas Gerais.

The beautiful architecture is a mix of classical, contemporary and downright zany. The two most famous complexes are the Cultural Circuit of Freedom Square and the Pampulha complex of buildings.

As the distribution and processing centre of a rich agricultural and mining region, the city takes its working class grassroots heritage very seriously. A significant proportion of the city’s culture, museums and art revolve around this heritage.

Settled in the 18th century, the city is built on and surrounded by mountains and hills. This makes getting out and around a popular activity. But even close at hand, the city has at least three major green spaces where you can retreat to the wild.

Some of Brazil’s most significant colonial towns; such as Congonhas,Diamantina,OuroPreto, São João del Rey, andTiradentes; are not too far from the city.

Shopping in the city mainly happens in malls such as BH shopping, Shopping Del Rey, Diamond Mall; but there are also traditional options such as Mercado Central, and the Hippie Fair.

As the city with most bars per capita in the world, drinking and nightlife isn’t going to be a problem. There are simply too many to list.

Belo Horizonte Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Belo Horizonte tips for your visit

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

  • Time Zone: BRT (UTC−3)
  • Currency: Brazilian real
  • Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish
  • Tipping: You don’t need to tip, except when being dropped to or fro from the airport; and a R$5/10 tip for the bellhop at hotels.
  • Tourist Traps: Praca da Liberdade, ConjuntoArquitetonico Da Pampulha, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Belo Horizonte.

Electricity and Internet:

  • Plug type: C, N
  • Standard: NBR 14136 127 V; 220 V 60 Hz

Security:

  • NEVER drink and drive in Brazil. The police are unbelievably strict, and allowed to arrest you on mere suspicion.
  • Emergencies: 190 (police), 192 (ambulance)

Customs:

  • Kissing on the cheek is a common greeting, but men should stick handshakes and backslaps with each other.
  • Don’t make the ‘OK’ sign with your hand.
  • It’s ok and expected to be slightly late.
  • Avoid sensitive topics.
  • Don’t be late answering social media and email and texts.
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Facts and Stats for Belo Horizonte*

  • Pollution Statistics in Belo Horizonte

    Know the pollution level of Belo Horizonte before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 42.05 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 64.29 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 61.36 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.73 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 39.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 55.43 (Moderate)
  • Belo Horizonte: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Belo Horizonte for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Belo Horizonte.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 82.39 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 85.21 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.29 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 70.07 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 83.57 (Very High)
    • Attacks 47.89 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 77.46 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 46.18 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 10.42 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.44 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 84.51 (Very High)
  • Living in Belo Horizonte - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Belo Horizonte is 88.55 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 30.46 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.74 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 57.69 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 52.37 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 48.77 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.98 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 19.98 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 29.99 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Belo Horizonte

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Belo Horizonte

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.33 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.67 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 49.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.44 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.52 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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