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Location

Belo Horizonte in the heart of Brazil
(That´s right, the heart is on the left side)

Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, and the third largest city in Brazil. Located in the Southeastern region, strategically positioned within Brazil and the Americas, the city is surrounded by the Serra do Curral Mountains, which serve as a natural backdrop, as well as a historical reference.

In addition to its natural advantages, and the ease of access by air and by land, the capital of Minas Gerais stands out for its architectural treasures, its strong vocation for commerce and services, and its rich artistic and cultural offerings.

Welcome to the “Model Environmental City”.

How to get here

Access to the city

It´s easy to get here, but you won´t want to leave

Highway access

  • São Paulo – BR381 (Fernão Dias highway), passing through the Southern region of Minas (cities: Extrema, Pouso Alegre, Itajubá, Varginha).
  • Rio de Janeiro – BR040, passing by Petrópolis (RJ), Juiz de Fora (MG), Barbacena (MG) and Conselheiro Lafaiete (MG).
  • Espírito Santo – BR262, entering Minas at the city of Manhuaçu.
  • Goiás and Distrito Federal – BR040, passing by the cities of Paracatu (MG), João Pinheiro (MG), Três Marias (MG) and Sete Lagoas (MG).
  • International Airport
  • Tancredo Neves International Airport- (Confins Airport)

Time zone

UTC/GMT Offset

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -3 hours
Daylight saving time: +1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -2 hours
Time zone abbreviation: BRST – Brasilia Summer Time

Climate

Belo Horizonte’s climate is pleasant throughout the year. The temperature varies from 16 to 31, the average being 21. Winter is relatively dry, but very pleasant much because of the altitude which provides a freshness in the air, and usually sunny days all season long. The summer is somewhat warm and rainy. The city has the protection of the Serra do Curral, a chain of mountains that bar the strongest winds. The relative humidity is around 65% and the average annual rainfall is 1600mm, most frequently from October to March.

Belo Horizonte’s climate can be classified as tropical by its altitude. The Köppen climate classification of the region is tropical savanna climate (Aw) and it borders on a humid subtropical climate (Cwa), (tropical on high altitudes, humid/warm summer and a dry/cool winter). As a city located in the southern Hemisphere, Belo Horizonte’s spring starts in September, its summer in December, its autumn in March, and its winter in June.

Even though inter-seasonal differences are not as pronounced as they are in temperate places, and many people believe that, as in much of Brazil, there are just two seasons (a hot and humid one from October to March, and a colder and drier one from April to September), there is a contrast between spring and summer, and between fall and winter.

Generally speaking, Belo Horizonte because of its unique characteristics, has a very pleasant weather all year long because of the geographical position, privileged by an altitude of 853 meters, making it not such a hot and humid city or hot and dry city like many Brazilian cities are. BH also has a better quality of air than most of the biggest brazilian cities.