Things to do in Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte is the sixth-largest city in Brazil, with a population of approximately 2.5 million. It is the thirteenth-largest city in South America and the eighteenth-largest in the Americas. The metropolis is an anchor to the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area, ranked as the third-most populous metropolitan area in Brazil and the seventeenth most populous in the Americas. Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil’s second-most populous state. It is the first planned modern city in Brazil.
The region was first settled in the early 18th century, but the city as it is known today was planned and constructed in the 1890s, to replace Ouro Preto as the capital of Minas Gerais. The city features a mixture of contemporary and classical buildings and is home to several modern Brazilian architectural icons, most notably the Pampulha Complex. In planning the city, Aarão Reis and Francisco Bicalho sought inspiration in the urban planning of Washington, D.C. The city has employed notable programs in urban revitalization and food security, for which it has been awarded international accolades.
The city is built on several hills and is completely surrounded by mountains. There are several large parks in the immediate surroundings of Belo Horizonte. The Mangabeiras Park (Parque das Mangabeiras), 6 km (4 mi) southeast of the city center in the hills of Curral Ridge (Serra do Curral), has a broad view of the city. It has an area of 2.35 km2 (580 acres), of which 0.9 km2 (220 acres) is covered by the native forest. The Jambeiro Woods (Mata do Jambeiro) nature reserve extends over 912 hectares (2,250 acres), with vegetation typical of the Atlantic Forest. More than 100 species of birds inhabit the reserve, as well as 10 species of mammals.
Belo Horizonte was one of the host cities of the 1950 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, the city shared as host of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the football tournament during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Belo Horizonte Brazil
Known to locals as Beagá (pronounced ‘bay-ah-gah’, Portuguese for BH), Belo Horizonte was named for its beautiful view of nearby mountains. Urban sprawl may make it a little more challenging to appreciate the natural setting nowadays, but Brazil’s third-largest city still has considerable charm.
Belo Horizonte Weather
In Belo Horizonte, the wet season is humid and overcast, the dry season is mostly clear, and it is warm year-round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 84°F and is rarely below 50°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Belo Horizonte for warm-weather activities is from mid-April to late September.
The warm season lasts for 2.3 months, from January 14 to March 24, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is February 13, with an average high of 84°F and low of 68°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.7 months, from May 20 to August 10, with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is July 5, with an average low of 55°F and a high of 76°F.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
In Belo Horizonte, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Belo Horizonte begins around April 7 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around October 13. On August 18, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 77% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 23% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 13 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around April 7. On December 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 80% of the time and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 20% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Belo Horizonte varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.3 months, from October 21 to March 31, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of wet day peaks at 70% on December 20.
The drier season lasts 6.7 months, from March 31 to October 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on July 14.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 70% on December 20.
Belo Horizonte Airport
Belo Horizonte – Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport (IATA: CNF, ICAO: SBCF), formerly called Confins International Airport is the primary international airport serving Belo Horizonte. Since 2 September 1986 the airport is named after Tancredo de Almeida Neves (1910–1985), President-elect of Brazil. It is located in the municipality of Confins, in the Minas Gerais. It is operated by BH Airport S.A.
On 31 August 2009, the previous concessionary, Infraero, unveiled a BRL342.3 million (US$180.3 million; EUR126.4 million) investment plan to upgrade Tancredo Neves International Airport, focusing on the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The investment was supposed to be distributed as follows:
- Parking. Value 6.8. Completed: July 2010
- Extension of the runway, enlargement of apron and cargo terminal, construction of further taxiways. Value 120.0. Completed.
- Renovation of the passenger terminal. Value 215.5.
As of March 2016, only the parking lot and the apron expansion works have been completed. After many successive postponements due to budget cuts and judicial disputes between the airport administration, Infraero, the federal government, and the contractors, the lengthening of the runway to 3,600 meters (11,800 ft) was completed in June 2016.
As part of the concession, BH Airport committed itself to construct a new parallel runway with a length of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft), connecting taxiways and service roads as well as a multi-story car park until 2020.