Minas Gerais

Sunsets at one of the valleys in the Serra do Cipó.

Dwell along nature in the Serra do Cipó

After a short drive northeast from Belo Horizonte, following the route of MG-020, you’ll reach an area on which you can retreat along unspoiled landscapes. Certainly, the surroundings change as soon as you enter the Parque Nacional da Serra do Cipó, protecting almost 32 square kilometers of cerrado vegetation and the rich wildlife within. In …

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A display of distinct products, such as avocado, curry, powdered oregano, chard, and Brussels sprouts

Look for groceries at the Mercado Central

Opening towards the Avenida Augusto de Lima and occupying an entire city block, the Mercado Central is Belo Horizonte’s foremost marketplace, where goods and crafts are sold daily by cheerful vendors. In other words, this place is within a facility built in 1964, when municipal ownership ended. So, first of all, enter through its main …

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A rocky formation towers over rolling and green forested hills

Immerse in Mineiro culture at quiet Gonçalves

In the southwestern corner of Minas Gerais, and very close to the state border with São Paulo, lays a small town of tiled houses set against the Serra da Mantiqueira. Certainly, the municipality of Gonçalves, surrounded by forested mountains and valleys traversed by fast-flowing rivers, is a place where you’ll disconnect and become one with …

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Open door at the entrance of the church of São Francisco de Assis in Ouro Preto, showing the bas-relief and circular bell towers.

Tour around colonial Ouro Preto in Minas Gerais

Minas Gerais is home to one of Brazil’s most impressive cities, heir to its colonial past. In other words, Ouro Preto, meaning Black Gold in Portuguese, is a destination you can’t miss when in the South American country. Surely, its winding streets and tiled Baroque colonial buildings, along with its historical importance, have led its …

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Medium-rare meat as, after being seared on a grill, served on a platter.

Taste grilled food at a churrascaria in Belo Horizonte

Brazilian cuisine, despite its richness, is often associated with meats and barbecues, as the country is abundant in cattle. Certainly, attesting to this tradition, many churrascarias can be found within its boundaries, and Belo Horizonte houses a fair amount of them. However, few spots can assure an unforgettable experience when tasting meat-based grilled recipes as …

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Multilane Avenida Afonso Pena on its layout through the central district of Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais

Go urban and get to know Belo Horizonte

Located in the southwest of Brazil, the city of Belo Horizonte is a vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis that, called affectionately Beagá by its inhabitants, anchors the third-most populous metro area in the country. Also, the capital of Minas Gerais is home to many landmarks that reinforce its importance as a top destination when visiting the …

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Bamboo chopsticks over a white-and-blue china bowl.

Enjoy the best Japanese flavors at Udon in Belo Horizonte

Within the bairro of Lourdes in the center of Belo Horizonte, you can find a wide gastronomical offer that spans various styles and cuisines. Surely, Japanese cuisine couldn’t be the exception, since Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan. Albeit focused in other cities like São Paulo, the flavors of the Asiatic …

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Golden colored crystal rock in a shadowy room.

Be shown mining tradition at the MM Gerdau in Belo Horizonte

At the Praça da Liberdade and inside a rose-colored neoclassical building originally occupied by the Minas Gerais education ministry, a museum allows you to discover the fascinating universe of mining, mineralogy, and metals. Certainly, the use of modern technology at the Museu das Minas e do Metal (MMM) is guaranteed to let you into the …

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Crowds full of yellow-colored spectators wait for the start of a football game

Discover the heritage of Brazilian football at the Mineirão

On top of a flat esplanade that overlooks Lake Pampulha, a shrine to athletic achievement dwarfs the surrounding bairro of São José. Certainly, the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, best-known as the Mineirão, is the temple of football as the favorite sport in Belo Horizonte and all of Brazil.  Moreover, this stadium, with a capacity for …

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Tree-lined Avenida Afonso Pena next to Belo Horizonte’s municipal park.

Wind through the stalls at the Feira Hippie in Belo Horizonte

Every Sunday morning, the central Avenida Afonso Pena of Belo Horizonte holds the city’s largest open-air market. Definitely, its location right in front of the municipal park gives the Feira Hippie a unique vibe. Certainly, this makes it a place on which tolerance and cultural mingling live side by side with the experience of a …

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