Things to do in Belo horizonte

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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.

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December 29, 2009 change by cjr236

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