Things to do in Belo horizonteEdit This
Located in the heart of Brazil in the state of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
has emerged as one of Brazil's most desirable destinations. The third
largest city in Brazil, this beautiful city is one of the few in the
country that was completely planned, giving it a very nice feel with
broad, easy to navigate streets and lots of parks and natural foliage.
Other attractions include a number of great museums, such as the Museum
of Arts and Crafts, some high-end shopping centers and nearby
access to some of Brazil's oldest and most interesting colonial towns.
It can be hard to fit everything in when you're on vacation, so here
are a few great things to do during your stay in Belo Horizonte.
Parque do Caraca
If you head east from Belo Horizonte you will find the Parque do Caraca,
a mountain park that features some great hikes and beautiful beaches.
Because the park is at high elevation, it can get cold after the sun
goes down, even in the summer. A lake in the park offers the
opportunity to check out some beach-side ecosystems, and there are
numerous hikes that you can take all around. Hikes are of varying
difficulty levels, so if you're not a big hiker, you can still have a
good time exploring the Parque do Caraca. If you have a car, the park is easy to find, but if not there are buses that will take you there for a reasonable price.
Belo Horizonte Zoo
Great for nature lovers or anyone looking to get outside and enjoy the native wildlife of Brazil, the Belo Horizonte
Zoo is a great place to go. Founded in 1959, the zoo is home to 1,200
animals, including all kinds of reptiles, birds, mammals and
amphibians. While the zoo focuses on local ecosystems, it also displays
animals from all over the world. One of the highlights of the zoo is
the Toucan, popularized by the cereal Fruit Loops. It's actually a
vary rare bird that is native to Brazil.
Praca Da Liberdade
The Praca Da Liberdade, or Liberty Square, is a definite must-see during your time in Belo Horizonte. The spacious square is a great place to relax or go for a morning stroll, take some snapshots to take home with you, and see some of the sights of the city. Located in the square are a statue of the Brazilian Emperor Pedro I and a lighted fountain. Occasionally you can see live music at the bandstand located in the square.
December 29, 2009 change by cjr236