5 Free Things To Do In Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Our trip to Brazil wasn’t necessarily a vacation. Instead, we went to see my father, who has lived in Brazil practically my whole life. So our visit was to spend time with him, mainly. But how could one not take a little trip into Belo Horizonte?

Belo Horizonte is a beautiful large city encircled by mountains. The streets were constantly covered with people. Restaurants are always alive with patrons (when they’re open). All enjoy parks at all hours of the day and night.

If you thought New York City was the only city that never sleeps, you would be wrong. Belo Horizonte may not stay up as late as NYC, but this city likes to push its limits.

During our stay, we discovered the following five things to do in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as top-notch choices!

5 Free Things To Do In Belo Horizonte, Brazil

1. Parque Das Mangabeiras

Parque Das Mangabeiras is a fun park for hiking, skating, picnicking, sunbathing, and all the awesome park activities you could think of! The best part? This park is nestled at a Southeast high point. Therefore, it has the most fantastic view of Belo Horizonte.

View of Belo Horizonte.

2. Praça Da Liberdade

Or known as Liberty Square in English. Praça da Liberdade is a beautiful plaza in the city’s downtown area, about a 20-minute walk from the center. This praça is home to some historic buildings, including the Museum of Metals and Minerals.

Clip of the fountain at Praça da Liberdade

3. Museu Das Minas e Do Metal

Take a break from the heat and sun inside this museum of Minerals and Metals. They have a lovely coffee shop with ice cream! The entrance was free (at least when we went in April of 2022), and the museum walkthrough was still worth it, even though I couldn’t read in Portuguese.

A gem found on display at Museu Das Minas e Do Metal

4. Lagua Da Pampulha

Yes, another park, but with a lake! Although the lake is not swimmable, the park is yet another lovely place to stroll in Belo Horizonte. Here you will find the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi. The structure of this church replicates that of a wave. It’s pretty cool and serves as a great photo op!

View of the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

5. Igreja São José

A famous church in the center of the city with beautiful yellows and blues contrasting each other throughout its architecture. It’s a quiet place in the middle of a boisterous city. Grab yourself an Açai from around the corner on your way out!

Igreja São José

One more for ya because you’ve earned it!

6. Mercado Central

Yes, money is required if you’d like to purchase anything. However, if you’re going to window shop, it’s quite an experience. Inside this Central Market, you have live birds, honey vendors, cheeses, spices, wooden crafts, gems, stones, and more! The smells and sights are an experience in themselves.

When in Belo Horizonte, taking a walk out of your door is already a fun day!

Would you visit any one of these places?

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