Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Belo Horizonte

Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim

The world's largest open-air contemporary art museum, and greater Belo Horizonte's standout attraction, this sprawling, world-class complex of gardens dotted with 23 modern art galleries and numerous outdoor sculptu…
Top Choice Distillery in Tiradentes

Mazuma Mineira

If you've ever wondered how cachaça (Brazil's famous sugarcane alcohol) is made, this is a perfect place to experience it. This small-scale alambique (distillery) with a focus on sustainable production offers free g…
Top Choice Park in Tabuleiro

Parque Estadual Serra do Intendente

This remote state park, 19km west of Conceição do Mato Dentro at the end of a rugged dirt road, preserves a 13,500-hectare chunk of backcountry within Unesco's Serra do Espinhaço Biosphere Reserve. The park's center…
Top Choice Arts Center in Belo Horizonte

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Inaugurated in late 2013, this magnificent palace on Praça da LIberdade is one of Belo Horizonte's cultural gems. The vast 3rd-floor gallery hosts special exhibitions that rotate every couple of months, while the do…
Top Choice Church in São João del Rei

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

This exquisite 1774 baroque church, fronted by a palm-shaded, lyre-shaped plaza, is home to two Aleijadinho sculptures (second altar to the left) and one of Minas' finest facades, based on Aleijadinho’s design. Out …
Top Choice Church in Ouro Preto

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

This exquisite church is Brazil's most important piece of colonial art, after Aleijadinho’s masterpiece The Prophets in Congonhas. Its entire exterior was carved by Aleijadinho himself, from the soapstone medallion …
Top Choice Church in Tiradentes

Igreja Matriz de Santo Antônio

Named for Tiradentes' patron saint, this gorgeous church is one of Aleijadinho's last designs. The dazzling gold interior is rich in Old Testament symbolism. Noteworthy elements include the polychrome organ, built i…
Top Choice Church in Sabará

Igreja de NS do Ó

A riot of gold, red and blue, the diminutive Igreja de NS do Ó is one of Minas’s little gems. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary in her role as protector of pregnant women and those praying for fertility, it also features…
Top Choice Museum in Belo Horizonte

Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale

Praça da Liberdade's standout cultural attraction, this supremely cool contemporary museum chronicles Minas culture from the 17th to 21st centuries via three floors of cutting-edge interactive galleries and audiovis…
Top Choice Stadium in Belo Horizonte

Mineirão & Museu Brasileiro do Futebol

An obligatory stop for football fans, Belo Horizonte's legendary 65,000-seat stadium was completely renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, incorporating a brand-new football museum, esplanade and LEED-certified ener…