Belo Horizonte Tourism, Brazil
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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
- 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
- NEVER drink and drive in Brazil. The police are unbelievably strict, and allowed to arrest you on mere suspicion.
- Emergencies: 190 (police), 192 (ambulance)
- 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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Travel to Belo Horizonte- Know before you go to Belo Horizonte
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 52.14 (Moderate)
Water Pollution 42.5 (Moderate)
Noise and Light Pollution 60.34 (High)
Unattended dirt and garbage 60 (High)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.17 (Very Low)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.13 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.41 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50.81 (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 49.7 (Moderate)
Mugging and Robbery 80.56 (Very High)
Assault and Armed Robbery 82.72 (Very High)
Corruption and Bribery 87.81 (Very High)
Car Stealing 69.44 (High)
Robbery of Car belongings 82.81 (Very High)
Attacks 47.22 (Moderate)
Drug offense 72.84 (High)
Safety walking alone during daylight 46.65 (Moderate)
Safety walking alone during night 12.5 (Very Low)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.62 (Low)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.58 (Very Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 81.48 (Very High)
Living in Belo Horizonte - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Belo Horizonte is 103.78 (Moderate)
Safety Index 32.38 (Low)
Climate Index 98.74 (Very High)
Pollution Index 54.03 (Moderate)
Traffic Commute Time Index 45.96 (High)
Cost of Living Index 42.07 (Very Low)
Health Care Index 57.81 (Moderate)
Property Price to Income Ratio 19.47 (Very High)
Purchasing Power Index 35.57 (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 0.31 USD
International Movie per seat 6.95 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 34.91 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.35 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.93 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.
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