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Belo Horizonte  (Beautiful Horizon) is a young and exciting city. Planned a little more than a century ago to be the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, it is today one of the poles of national development in service, culture, and business tourism sectors.

Belo Horizonte is the third city in the country in population coming after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
. It has been considered the metropolis with the best quality of life in Latin America by the United Nations. An "Environmental Model City”, it is one of the most arborous capitals of the country, with approximately 560 thousand trees – a number that increases for 2 million, when we consider the parks and preservation areas.

Surrounded by the magnificent Serra do Curral, the city has wonderful landscapes that mix the urban aspect with nature. Besides, it is near historical cities like Ouro Preto and Tiradentes, as well as natural paradises like Serra do Cipó and Caraça.


The city is located at about 2/3 of the way from Brasilia to Rio and was completely built on a plan corresponding to that of Washington D.C., with a very long highway circling the whole city. It is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life in Latin America.


Founded in 1897, Belo Horizonte has now a population of some 2.5 million inhabitants and over 5.1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. The city is also a leading cultural center, with more than three universities, a historical museum, numerous libraries, and sports stadiums.


Belo Horizonte is built on several hills and completely surrounded by mountains. The constant rising and falling of the streets sometimes makes navigation a bit tricky, but the wide avenues lined with trees are always easy guidelines.
Unfortunately, the growth of the population has been bigger than anticipated 100 years ago. So there's a lot of poorly built architecture and slums, but also still some excellent colonial buildings. You should not miss the end of the century buildings around the Praca da Liberdade and the market on Av. Afonso Pena, each Sunday.


Located about 100 kilometers from Belo Horizonte you will find the charming city of Ouro Preto (which means ‘Black Gold’), a colonial city with great churches and impressive pieces of work.

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