Top 5 Must Do's in Belo horizonte

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Built to resemble the style of Washington D.C. and capital of Brazilian state, Minas Gerais, is the city of Belo Horizonte. Although there is little modern resemblance to Washington D.C., the city is full of historical, architecturally significant buildings and landmarks. Here is a list of the top 5 historical, architectural and cultural must do's while visiting the beautiful city of Belo Horizonte.

1. Station Square

In downtown Belo Horizonte is an area called Praça da Estação (Station Square). In this historical area are original buildings such as the old train station, which today is the Museum of Arts and Workmanship. Without a stop through this historical downtown region to the old train station and museum, your trip to Belo Horizonte would be incomplete.

2. Alta Vila Tower

The Alta Vila Tower is to Brazil what the Seattle Space Needle is to the United States. A trip to the Alto Vila Tower means traveling to the top and overlooking Belo Horizonte and Brazil’s scenic views. Along with its jaw-dropping heights, the tower offers the Belo Horizonte Hard Rock Café on the main floor, and is one of the top bungee jumping sites in the world.

3. Mineirao Stadium

In the Pampulha district of Belo Horizonte, the must see attraction is the Mineirao Stadium, home to one of the oldest soccer teams in Brazil, Clube Atlético Mineiro. Even if you don't attend an adrenalin rushing soccer match, a visit to this stadium is essential to your holiday in Belo Horizonte. The stadium is a one of the largest in the world and an impressive demonstration of architecture.

4. Central Market

The Mercado Central (Central Market) is the top shopping location while visiting Belo Horizonte. Here you will find everything you are looking for from produce to souvenirs to exquisite antiques and hand-crafted pottery. There are more than 300 stores and stands, all conveniently covered for your shopping comfort.

5. Municipal Park

Close to Station Square is the beautiful downtown Municipal Park. This park is a must do while in Belo Horizonte in order to truly experience the preserved beauty of the city. The park has multiple gardens, paths, ponds, canals and a play structure for children. It's kept up beautifully, and perfect for a relaxing stroll through gardens or a rental canoe adventure through its streams.

Belo Horizonte offers tons of exceptional attractions to visit while vacationing in Brazil. However, your trip will be incomplete without a stop at these 5 must do’s of the area.

December 25, 2009 new by kellyyannne

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