Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minas Gerais State and is 270 miles/434 Kms away from Rio de Janeiro (land distance). Belo Horizonte is an ancient colonial town and the third largest brazilian city. Belo Horizonte is a major Brazilian mine and industrial center.
Destination travel type
Belo Horizonte is the brazilian main baroque architectonic center and a gateway to nearby colonial cities: Ouro Preto, Congonhas, Tiradentes, Mariana.
Best time of the Year to visit Belo Horizonte
In very general terms, from a weather perspective, the best time of the year to visit Belo Horizonte is the driest months – April to September, when the weather is cooler and the humidity lower.
The Brazilian summer – December to March - is also the wet season (with the highest humidity).
April and May are good months for those looking for fun and to experience local celebrations.
The Carnival has deep traditions in Belo Horizonte and the small cities around, and the days - and the weeks and months… - prior to Carnival, are the best time for entertainment.
As expected, April and May (and the Carnival period) are also the most expensive period. Expect higher hotel rates and crowds. In this perspective, they aren’t the best months to visit Belo Horizonte region.
If you want to consider humidity (and the rain and the air temperature levels) take a look at the graphs below.
Average air temperatures (Celsius): Belo Horizonte
Source: INMET.gov.br, Gráficos climatológicos (1961-1990)
Humidity levels: Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte: Monthly rainfall levels (mm)
Belo Horizonte & Google Map
Tancredo Neves Intl (CNF), located: 21miles/33 km miles away from the city centre or Pampulha (PLU), located: 4 miles/7 km away from the city centre. Taxi, limos and shuttle buses to various destinations are available, as well as train/metro
Ouro Preto (ancient colonial city; baroque art center) and nearby historical cities: Congonhas, Tiradentes, Mariana. See: Colonial Brazil: Historic cities
Belo Horizonte Airports
Tancredo Neves Intl (CNF): 21miles/33 km away from the city centre.
Pampulha (PLU): 4 miles/7 km away from the city centre.
Belo Horizonte is at the heart of the brazilian baroque art center. Ouro Preto (ancient colonial city; top baroque art center) and nearby historical cities (Congonhas, Tiradentes, Mariana) are close to Belo Horizonte.
For more information:
Colonial Brazil: Historic cities