May 5, 2013

Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, is a town of 3+ million and said to be the third-largest in Brazil (though it’s practically a tie with other towns like Salvador and Recife).

We had fabulous hosts, Max and Vivian, and stayed with Max’s mother Ana in the Lourdes district. Turns out this is right where you want to stay in Belo!  Though the name “beautiful horizon” originally referred to the beauty of the surrounding hills, it now holds quite true with its modern skyline at sunset:

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We instantly took a liking to Belo… it’s a vibrant city keen on the arts and has an obvious emphasis on quality of life. We were, of course spoiled by our location — wide avenues with lush greenery accompanied us between lovely cafés, bars and music shops.

Our hosts, who were even moving apartments while we were there (!), were fantastic and wasted no time in showing us the culinary delights of their city and helping us plan our time in the region. Thanks Max and Vivian!!

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