Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Here are some fun things to see and places to go if you go there on vacation:
Museum of Mineralogy
The Museum of Mineralogy is in what used to be the city administration building. It is now a mineral research center and holds a collection of minerals from the area that includes gold, diamonds, amethysts,emeralds, sapphires, topazes and aquamarines.
Praça da Liberdade or Freedom Square, is located in the city center and it is the center of state administration. It includes the Government House, Public Library, and several markets are held during the week to sell crafts, food, flowers and other items.
If you are in the northern part of the city, come to visit the Municipal Park. It offers a place to relax and enjoy the gardens, trees, lake with boat hire, aviaries, beautiful orchids, as well a theater.
Palácio das Artes
Near the Municipal Park is the Palácio das Artes. You can go to the cinema or the theater, see the conference rooms, visit the art gallery or go to the Minas Gerais Craft Center, where you can buy crafts like items made of wood, soapstone, clay, silver, pewter and other material.
Parliament Historical Museum
To the west of the city is the Santo Agostinho district of Belize. There, you will find the Parliament Historical Museum. The museum houses a unique collection of old photos that show various views of Belo Horizonte through the years that shows how it was developed during the 20th century.
Natural History Museum and Botanic Garden
You can also see the Natural History Museum with its botanical gardens if you are in the Santa Inàs district.