About Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte is the capital of bars. There are more than 7000 bars, meaning 22 bars/km2, as highlighted by The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/travel/28next.html). Come and have fun! Late winter (mid-August to September) is Ipê season. Belo Horizonte and UFMG have a plethora of Ipê trees, of all different colors, bringing joy to every citizen and visitor. We hope you enjoy the “spring is coming” atmosphere during the XXI BMIC.

The following tourist points are heavily suggested to learn more about Belo Horizonte and Minas Gerais state:

1 – Lagoa da Pampulha

UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity with modern design combined with mid-1900s architecture. This artificial lake has 18 km of outstanding views and some points are really close to BMIC’s venue.

The main attraction is the lake and São Francisco Church. The architectonic complex was conceived by Oscar Niemeyer, with Portinari pannels and gardens by Boulermax

Mineirão and Mineirinho are two of the most known Brazilian stadiums. They are next to each other and hold several cultural events. Further, it will be announced the agenda for those who want to visit.

Mineirão and Mineirinho. Photo: Quinto Andar.

Complementing the Lagoa da Pampulha architectonic complex there is the Casa do Baile and Pampulha Art Museum. Casa do Baile was a ball facility from the 1940s to the 1960s, holding the most prestigious events for the bohemian scenario of Belo Horizonte. Now is a visiting point for a very nice view of the lake and architecture. In the same sense, the Pampulha Art Museum serves as a viewing deck for those who want to contemplate the lake view with the São Francisco Church, especially at night with its amazing lighting and Guanabara amusement park’s bright colors.

2 – Mercado Central

The Belo Horizonte’s Central Market has all of Minas Gerais State’s rich culture, stuffed with bohemian culture. There you can find souvenirs, Belo Horizonte’s staple bars, all kinds of foods, and much fun. Mercado Central is about 10 Km from BMIC’s venue.

Mercado Central. Images by Belotur.

3 – Praça da Liberdade and Circuito Liberdade

Praça da Liberdade is a huge cultural complex in the south part of Belo Horizonte. The square is part of the beautiful landscape complex, built in 1896 with the old Belo Horizonte, with amazing gardening and staple architectonic buildings by Oscar Niemeyer, the Governador House (called Palácio da Liberdade), and various museums around it. The visiting of Praça da Liberdade is such a staple for Belo Horizonte tourists that encouraged the Praça da Liberdade Circuit Creation. The Circuit is composed of the square itself, various facilities around it, and other important ones in the vicinity. You can check it at the link (English, French, and Spanish information available):

Photos by Belo Horizonte/Flickr, upslon/Flickr and Leonardo Quintino/Flickr


4 – Parque Municipal and Palácio das Artes

In the heart of Belo Horizonte downtown a huge green area called Parque Municipal or Municipal Park. There you can find a peaceful urban trail for a good walk in nature, a nice lake, and an amusement park, where the Ferris Wheel gives you an amazing top view of the whole park. Associated with the park there is a facility called Palácio das Artes, a big theater with several rooms dedicated to expositions. It is worth visiting both of them.

5 – Serra do Curral and Mirante do Mangabeiras

Hugging Belo Horizonte, the Serra do Curral mountains are the most elevated locations in the city. It has the most amazing viewing point of the city called Mirante do Mangabeiras. Once you are there you can testify our city is worth being called Belo Horizonte (or in English “Beautiful Horizon”).

Serra do Curral. Photo by Eduardo Elias Camponez/Flickr

Belo Horizonte’s sunset horizon at Mirante do Mangabeiras. Photo by Nêssa Florêncio/Flickr

6 – Inhotim Museum and Park

Located 60 Km from Belo Horizonte, in Brumadinho City, Inhotim Park is the world’s biggest open museum and a botanical garden as well. It is centered on contemporaneous art movement, with outdoor and indoor expositions that vary throughout the year. The tickets must be purchased in advance and some expositions have separate tickets to control the capacity and to ensure the nicest experience for everyone. The Inhotim Park’s website is available in English at the link. It contains all necessary information and is constantly updated along with the expositions changes.

7 – Ouro Preto

The historical city of Ouro Preto was a rich community in 1700s. Its historical center has several churchs, houses and streets in barroque architecture. It is located in Espinhaço peak, with an usually cold wheater, very distict brom Belo Horizonte. Nowadays is a university and tourist city and therefore has many know restaurants serving authentic and elevated “mineira” food, museums, several old farms and 1700s big houses as hotels, and city tours in many lenguages.

Ouro Preto is about 100 km from the event venue.

8 – Congonhas

Congonhas is also a historical city, home of the most famous pieces by Aleijadino – “Os Doze Profetas” and “Via Sacra”. At the vicinities of Congonhas Church, called Santuário do Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos, a beautiful 1700s construction with baroque and rococo influences, all twelve biblical prophets were eternalized by Aleijadinho in soapstone statues, guarding the church.

Santuário do Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos by Jean Yves Donnard/Pinterest

Following down the old road, that connects the historical site outline to the church, several chapels filled with wooden statues, also by Aleijadinho, now representing the Via Chrusis. Congonhas is also full of souvenir shops, showcasing the history, nature, and culture of Minas Gerais state.

Christ being Crucified by Aleijadinho em Santuário do Senhor Bom Jesus de Matosinhos. Photo by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira/WikiCommons

Congonhas is about 90 Km from the event venue.