Belo Horizonte generally enjoys a warm climate throughout the year ranging from the high teens to the high 20s, with a rainy season falling from around October to December when temperatures begin to reach their peak. Plan your flights to Belo Horizonte between February and May to enjoy pleasant weather conditions, perfect for a city break or evenings spent in street cafes and bars. Also, the school term time tends to fall within these months so expect to see many airlines offering cheap flights to Belo Horizonte and various hotels offering slightly discounted rates in order to boost tourism. If you do decide to travel to Belo Horizonte during these months, plan your trip in early February, just before the arrival of Lent, to enjoy the Belo Horizonte Carnival famous for its colourful, flamboyant and electric processions of Samba dancing. Another great time to visit is in the middle of April to coincide with the Comida di Buteco festival where hundreds of local neighbourhoods and bars all compete against each other for a chance of winning the title of the best food.
Known locally as Belô or Beagá, the city of Belo Horizonte is a charming metropolis with a well-known reputation for hospitality, as well as a warm and lively atmosphere that keeps visitors booking flights to Belo Horizonte year after year.
By day the bustling city streets are filled with both tourists and locals heading to the Mercado Central. Let the sights and smells overwhelm you as you walk through stall after stall of authentic Brazilian delicacies, handmade perfumes and even live birds. This city is also home to some fantastic examples of modern and classic architecture, so spend a laid-back afternoon perusing the eclectic São Francisco de Assis Church designed by Oscar Niemeyer, or the more traditional, but nonetheless beautiful São José Church. For something a little more cultural, head to Belo Horizonte’s Memorial Minas Gerais Vale museum.
The Palácio das Artes is also a great venue, day or night. Here you can spend the morning checking out a contemporary art exhibit, then when the sun sets, return here to experience an incredible live music event you won’t forget. In fact, by nightfall the city takes on a whole new personality. Belo Horizonte is known around the world as the bar capital of Brazil for a reason, with just about every place selling variations of popular cachaça liquor and a delicious selection of bar snacks. Take advantage of the recent World Cup host’s new facilities, and catch a football game at the Mineirão stadium before heading into the glittering lights of this bustling city.
There are several bus and train routes throughout Belo Horizonte which can be great for getting around the city. Taxis are also a popular means of travel, though if you’d like something a little more convenient and reliable, a car rental would be your best option.
Located just a short distance away from the city, Confins International Airport (CNF) connects international passengers on flights to Belo Horizonte with this fascinating region. You’ll no doubt fly into this airport, so it’s important to consider the following ground transportation options before you arrive. Several taxi companies operate within this area, but remember to discuss the price with your driver before departing. A regular bus service also goes directly to the Belo Horizonte bus station from the airport, though, if you prefer, car rentals are available.