Belo Horizonte is the capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, in the southeast of the country. The city is surrounded by mountains and boasts stunning natural views. Founded in the late 19th century, it has an interesting cultural and architectural heritage, and a very vibrant night life. Keep an eye out for the Pampulha neighbourhood, planned and built in the 1940s: an iconic modern Brazilian feat, it has its own lagoon and cultural institutions, including the Pampulha Art Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Palácio das Artes. Two beautiful parks are very close to the city: Mangabeiras Park, with extraordinary views of the city, and the Jambeiro Woods, a natural reserve stretching over 900 hectares. Only 100 km away is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ouro Preto, once the symbolic centre of the gold and silver rush. The airport has many connections, mainly in Brazil, but also international, including: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Miami, Buenos Aires and Panama City. Travellers must be aware that there are not any direct flights from London and so the majority of flights stopover in Sao Paulo and continue to Belo Horizonte from there. You can use our online flight comparison tool to search for the travel option that best suits you.
Tancredo Neves International Airport has good connections with the city centre: a taxi or bus ride takes approximately 50 minutes to make the journey, due to the airport being quite far from the city centre. The city does not offer a comprehensive tourist card, but there is plenty of information available for tourists on things to see and do. The city's administration has a website with plenty of practical information, including how to get around, eating out and how to get to the city. Our Brazil travel guide also offers plenty of information about what to do for those wanting to explore more of this amazing country. The city is one of the country's most vibrant for football, as three teams have their home in Belo Horizonte: América, Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro. See a game in the Mineirão, one of the world's largest stadiums. Take a train to make a scenic trip across the Minas Geiras region, or take visit other Brazilian cities, by taking a flight to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia, to see more of the country.