Belo Horizonte Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Belo Horizonte

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

    • Air Pollution 49.12 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 48.56 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.8 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.17 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.6 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 47.12 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 37.96 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50.94 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Belo Horizonte for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Belo Horizonte.

    • Burglary and Theft 48.23 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 76.39 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 78.57 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 85.92 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 67.86 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 79 (High)
    • Attacks 46.63 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 68.33 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 51.59 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 20.47 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 29.55 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.21 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 78.37 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Belo Horizonte is 99.14 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 34.75 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.5 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 53.66 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 44.3 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 35.85 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 61.71 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 23.58 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 23.35 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.24 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.94 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51.69 USD

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

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