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7 Things to Do in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Where to stay and how to have fun in Brazil's design mecca.

Things to do in Belo Horizonte Brazil

01 Located an hour’s drive from Belo, set amid tropical forest, mountains and botanical gardens, Instituto Inhotim promises the most dreamy and breathtaking art-viewing experience you’ll likely ever have. (

02 With surreal shapes and sinuous lines, the buildings at Pampulha designed by a young Oscar Niemeyer represent one of the most bravura opening statements in the history of architecture. (

03 Chef Felipe Rameh is taking Minas Gerais gastronomy in thrilling new directions, both at Trindade, his original restaurant, and the newer Alma Chef, which also offers cooking classes. (,

04 Dining out doesn’t get more local than at Xapuri (pictured), a family-run Belo institution devoted to Minas’ rich culinary heritage and products, from cured meats and cheeses to cachaças. (

05 To appreciate the outsize role Minas Gerais has played in Brazil’s culture and politics, check out Memorial Minas Gerais Vale, a state museum with a flair for the avant-garde. (

06 Take a day trip to witness the stunning baroque architecture, religious art and 18th-century streetscapes of historic Ouro Preto, the colonial state capital perched in the verdant mountains outside Belo. (

07 The newly renovated Holiday Inn Savassi is just steps from the best shopping and nightlife downtown. (

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Comments… or add another

Natália Bolonezi

Thursday, January 14th 2016 12:14
CHRISTOPHER FREY and BY LORNE BRIDGMAN, Thank you for your visiting Belo Horizonte. Come back more often.

Sabrina Matos

Thursday, January 14th 2016 13:36
Minha linda Belo Horizonte!!!
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