How to get to Belo Horizonte:
Some Airlines fly to Belo Horizonte from outside of Brazil. Here is a list:
Avianca / Copa Airlines / TAP / Sky Airlines.
And Brazilian Companies Azul, LATAM and Gol.
Belo Horizonte has direct connections with most of the cities that are reached by International Flights, so even if you are not flying to BH directly you are very likely just one connection away.
Belo Horizonte is Brazil's third largest city and the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. With its orderly grid plan and tree-lined avenues, it's a pleasant metropolis. For travelers, it's a good stopping point on the way to the beautiful colonial towns such as Ouro Preto and Tiradentes.
What to See:
Get ready for a delicious marathon of cultural spaces, parks, world heritage sites, restaurants and bars, of course! If you ask a resident of Belo Horizonte about things to do in Belo Horizonte, the answer will almost always come accompanied by suggestions of bars. Although they are local classics and much loved by the locals, do not think that Belo Horizonte is only about appetizers and cold beers. Belo Horizonte offers a delicious gastronomic circuit, a rich cultural life, an enviable architectural complex (where we spend hours searching for the best angle for photos), beautiful viewpoints and parks, as well as good shopping opportunities. Not to mention that it is the gateway to several beautiful historical cities such as Congonhas, Ouro Preto and Tirandentes. It is time to enjoy the hospitality of Minas Gerais and take a stroll through BH.
Take a cultural tour of Belo Horizonte and visit the most important points of the city. Get to know the famous Pampulha Region, the Mangabeiras neighborhood, considered a noble region of the capital of Minas Gerais, and Liberdade Square, where the old offices of the state secretariats and the Government Palace are located.
If you do like museums, you should get to know the charming Inhotim Open-air Museum, offering a large collection of works of art located in a unique botanical garden.
Climate and Temperature in Belo Horizonte:
The temperatures in Belo Horizonte are warm towards the end of spring until the end of summer – that being from November through the end of March. The average maximum temperature in those months are close to 28 Degrees Celsius. It rains more during this warm months. During June and July, rainy days are more unusual.
The coldest months are May through August. But the temperatures are usually around 16 Degrees Celsius, getting slightly warmer in the sunny days in around noon and a little bit chili early in the morning and during the evenings.
Belo Horizonte and nearby cities has a lot to offer. So coming in winter, might just prove to be some serious savings, as flights and hotels are cheaper.
Average Minimum and Maximum Temperature Over The Year In Celsius
Average Rainy Days
*Graphs courtesy of World Wheather & Climate Information
The Best time to go to Belo Horizonte:
The climate in Belo Horizonte is defined by hot and humid summer and dry winter with mild temperatures. The hottest period and the highest rainfall is from October to March, when the thermometers reach 28° C. Between April and September, the temperature in the city drops and the rains become scarce. During this time, the thermometers at night can reach a low of 10° C and the days are usually quite pleasant. It is a great time to enjoy the outdoor attractions, such as the Pampulha Lagoon, without fear of being caught in the rain.
What to try from the Belo Horizonte's local cuisine:
Feijão Tropeiro – Inheritance of the colonial period, the dish appeared with the troopers, who mixed flour, meat and eggs to the beans, to eat in their long trips. It is super common in Minas Gerais and easily found in restaurants.
Tutu à mineira – A very traditional dish between the locals, Tutu, bean Tutu or Tutu à mineira is nothing more than beans cooked, seasoned, beaten and mixed with maize or cassava flour, so that it has a pasty consistency. It is usually served in platters or iron pots, and decorated with crackers, bacon or sliced boiled eggs.
Local Time is UCT/GMT – 3. During Daylight savings, from mid-october through mid-February. Exact dates vary as the time change is always on Saturdays.
Currency is the same all over Brazil - BRL – R$ - Brazilian Reais. Pronounced as Re-eyes (plural) or Re-owl (singular). No establishment accepts payment in any currency other than BRL.
Tap water is not drinkable. You should only drink bottled water. That is what you’ll be served when you ask for “water” anywhere you go.
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