Explore Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte HotelsBelo Horizonte may not be the best-known destination in Brazil, but the unofficial 'bar capital' never fails to leave an impression on newcomers. Translating as 'Beautiful Horizon' - in reference to the lush green mountains that surround the city – its beautiful setting and vibrant nightlife, make Belo Horizonte a fantastic place to soak in Latin American culture. Things to seeIt's hard to avoid being bitten by the soccer bug in Brazil, and the best place to experience the delirious mix of skill, rhythm, and passion that personifies Brazilian soccer is at the magnificent 57,483 capacity Mineiro Stadium. The Olympic and World Cup venue is the home ground of Atletico Mineiro, and you'll quickly find yourself swept away by the fervent home fans if you can get to a game. If shopping's more your bag, then the Central Market won't disappoint. A feast for the senses, the squawks of exotic birds will fill your ears - while the smell of homemade cheese occupies your nose - as you amble past stalls representing every aspect of Brazilian culture. If the market doesn't satiate your thirst for shopping, the 300 stores at the modern BH Shopping center surely will. For a little downtime, try Liberty Square, where you can slowly meander along a boulevard lined with green palm trees that reach high into the brilliant blue sky above. Echoes of the Gardens of Versailles are abundant in the Square, which is awash with pretty fountains and splashes of colorful flowers. Strain your ears and you may hear music on the breeze from the various free concerts that take place there. Hotels in
Belo HorizonteThe temperatures can really soar in Belo Horizonte, so it's a relief to know that many of the hotels have shimmering, outdoor pools at the ready – ideal for cooling off in. Luxury options give you the chance to stay downtown in complete comfort, enjoying 5-star touches like rose petals on pillows, and iced champagne on arrival. Lower cost hotels in Belo Horizonte cater for families and the connected traveler, with satellite television, WiFi, and phones widely available in rooms. Where to stayThe best way to experience Belo Horizonte is to simply throw yourself into the place. The Savassi area is popular, and its restaurants welcome hordes of hungry adventurers and locals alike. A single taste of the city's tenderly cooked pork ribs, accompanied by plump beans and herbs, will leave you in culinary heaven. Once you've cleaned your plate, hop between bars and impress the locals by ordering the state's staple drink, cachaça. Lourdes is another central neighborhood that is safe and well catered for. Appreciate a leisurely start to the day at one of the many street-side cafés, where you can people-watch while savoring the cooling tang of freshly squeezed orange juice, and rousing aroma of a café-da-manhã.How to get to Belo HorizonteThe main airport for Belo Horizonte changed in 2005, and most visitors now touch down at Tancredo Neves International Airport rather than the slightly closer Belo Horizonte Airport. Transport links to-and-from Tancredo Neves have been significantly upgraded, and the 24 miles to the downtown area can be quickly negotiated by catching one of the many busses serving the airport - tickets are available in the terminal. Once in Belo Horizonte, hopping on and off the subway is the best way to explore.