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Belo Horizonte, the city that wins over your heart

The first planned city in the country of the republican period and projected to be the new capital of Minas Gerais, the “Minas City” (Cidade de Minas), as the capital was known in the past, was inaugurated on December 12th, 1897. The name “Belo Horizonte” was definitively adopted four years later, in 1901.

Capital of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte is located in the southeast region and is the sixth most populous city in the country and has been indicated by the Population Crisis Committee of the United Nations as the city with the best quality of life in Latin America and is 45th among the 100 best cities in the world. Today, the city has the fifth largest GDP among the Brazilian municipalities, represented 1.38% of the total wealth produced in Brazil. An evidence of the city’s development in recent years is the magazine América Economía’s classification, in which Belo Horizonte appears, in 2009, as one of the 10 best cities in which to conduct business in Latin America, in front of cities like Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, and Curitiba.

In addition, it is a reference in business and health tourism. Currently, it is the seventh Brazilian city that most receives international events, according to the International Congress and Conference Association’s (ICCA) ranking.

Stage for grand cultural spectacles, the city’s calendar is always replete with events, offering programming for all tastes. Its touristic diversity attracts people from Brazil and the world, enchanted with art, music, theater, dance and literature, making the city standout as contemporary and surprising.

Framed by the Serra do Curral mountain range, Belo Horizonte received the title “Garden City” for being one of the most arboreal cities in the country. 

Modern, with a quality tourist infrastructure and a vast range of servicies, Belo Horizonte has been consolidating it’s position as a center for touristic promotion. Whether in its tradition or modernity, the people’s hospitality, values, and affection are registered characteristics, creating an appeal a part, always welcoming and encouraging tourists to come back.