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 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 43.59 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 61.18 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.97 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.13 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 39.63 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 53.13 (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 46.84 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 77.66 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 78.19 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 86.83 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 67.02 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 80.91 (Very High)
    • Attacks 44.95 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 69.41 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 49.74 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 15.26 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.05 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.83 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 78.72 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Belo Horizonte is 107.94 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 34.02 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.5 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 53.19 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 47.06 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.74 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.95 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 35.54 (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 0.41 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.18 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 49.56 USD

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

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