Many of Belo Horizonte's cultural landmarks are located around or close to the Pampulha Lake, including the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, the soccer stadium Mineirão, the Mineirinho Arena, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (designed by Oscar Niemeyer) and the Museum of Modern Art.
Belo Horizonte was the first Brazilian city to be built (1897) upon an urban plan. At present, the city has 2,5 milion inhabitants. Belo Horizonte is the country’s second industrial center, producing steel, cement, automobiles and exporting iron ore, manganese, nickel, uranium and precious stones.Our tour in Pampulha begins visit this particular neighborhood di Belo Horizonte; famed for its examples of modern Brazilian architecture; where we can feel the contrast of the city which brings together harmoniously history; culture and nature. We will visit some of the first works of the internationally recognized Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer; whose unique architectural feature is based on curved lines inspired by the human body. We will also appreciate the landscaping projects by Burle Marx as well as the unparalleled architecture of the Church of St. Francis of Assis, and inside the small chapel with undulating roof; the frescoes by Candido Portinari; a famous Brazilian modernist. Finally, we'll visit Pampulha Art Museum and the Yacht Club.