Belo Horizonte, a present day bustling Brazilian metropolis, has come a long way from being a small weekend getaway of the Portuguese settlers. It is the third largest city in the country after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Belo Horizonte, one of those rare urban establishments of the world, is a deliberate creation of an architect. It was especially designed for its role as the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. With wide avenues, carefully planned public accommodations area, easily accessible shopping joints and world class hotels, Belo Horizonte truly justifies its meaning of a ‘beautiful horizon’.
Belo Horizonte with its booming economic activities and active cultural life promises to be one of the cities with the best quality of life in Latin America. Formally inaugurated in 1897, the city houses a population of some 2.5 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Apart from the permanent citizens, hostels and bed and breakfasts, Belo Horizonte remains abuzz with a dense flow of students who study at one of the leading three universities of the city. There are also numerous libraries, sports stadiums and historical monuments where tourists can roam about with peace of mind. If it is the thrill of nightlife that attracts you more, then it is advised to take one of the apartments for rent in the locality of Savassi, the most happening place in Belo Horizonte. The sudden rise in population has brought in a lot of poorly build architecture and slums inside the city but the Praca de Liberdade (Liberty Square), the Parque Municipal (The Municipal Park) and the beautiful colonial buildings including the old Governor's house remain some pleasant exception. Innovative architecture of modern era by Oscar Niemeyer is visible in every nook and corner of Belo Horizonte that lends a unique character to the city landscape.