Belo Horizonte Brazil - The Top 5 Things You Should See
Belo Horizonte Brazil, which means beautiful horizon in Portuguese, is a busy city full of hustle and bustle. The excitement is already at full throttle 24/7 as the city gears up to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Aside from enjoying the city's night life, day attractions, busy markets, entertainment centers and restaurants, there are many other tourist attractions to see. The attractions in and around the one and only Belo Horizonte can relax, amaze, awe and excite you, and here is a list of its top 5 attractions:
Vale Verde Ecological Park and the Vale Verde Cachaças
Located at a distance of about 19 miles from Belo Horizonte, the Vale Verde Ecological Park is a pristine natural sanctuary that is filled with beautiful waterfalls, lakes, orchids and rare birds. You can indulge in mountain trekking, ride a buggy, laze around in boats, and indulge in other sports. The biggest and the best attraction at Vale Verde is the display of the Cachaça (rum) manufacturing process. Cachaça is ranked as the number one rum in the world and tourists can witness how sugar cane is cultivated, aged in oak barrels and how cachaças are made. A truly heady experience for the whole family.
Instituto Cultural Intohim
A museum of contemporary art, the Instituto Cultural Inhotim contains 9 galleries full of art installations made by famous Brazilian and international artists. It lies around 40 miles from Belo Horizonte Brazil and is spread over 3,000 acres of natural forest and contains many beautiful gardens. A visit to the art museum makes for an awe-inspiring aesthetic outing for the family, which is taken around an inspiring tour around the galleries. You can stroll around in the pristine botanical gardens that are dotted with five lakes and are packed with many plant, tree and bird species.
If you're missing the crowds you can head to the Mercado Central, a lively market that bustles with more than 400 shops, restaurants, bars, and more. You can buy many varieties of cheese, sweets, herbs, handicrafts, and have a lot of fun. A day at the market is so enjoyable for the family that it will leave you clamouring for more.
This is a picture-perfect city that is perfect for any tourist. An 18-kilometer long lagoon, the Belo Horizonte Zoo, the world famous Burle Max gardens, an Art museum, the airport and the Minas Gerais Federal University are the places to see in Paumpulha.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Soak yourself in holiness by visiting this majestic church that has been built by the masters. The church is a beautiful work of art as each of its facets was sculpted by world-famous Brazilian artists. Its aura is imposing and it swamps you with an eclectic, noble feeling the movement you pass its gates. Truly, a must-see.
These were the top 5 tourist attractions of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. There are plenty more - the place has so much variety that all you have to do is explore a little to find something that pleases you and the family.