Discover the city of Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte, Brazil, also called BH, is the capital of the State of Minas Gerais . With an area of approximately 330 km² and a diverse geography, with mountains and lowlands, it is located in the central region of the state 716 km from Brasilia , the national capital.
According to the national demographic census of 2010, its population is 2,375,444 inhabitants, being the sixth city more populated of the country. The intense conurbation process currently under way in the Greater Belo Horizonte has rendered political boundaries between the cities of the region ineffective, with the creation of a city whose center is Belo Horizonte and includes municipalities such as: Contagem, Betim, Nova Lima, Ribeirão das Neves, Santa Luzia and Sabará. The Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte consists of 34 cities, being the third largest in urban agglomeration in Brazil, with 5,397,438 inhabitants
Belo Horizonte was already indicated by the Population Crisis Committee of the United Nations as the city with the best quality of life in Latin America and the 45th among the 100 best cities in the world. The city is the fifth largest GDP among Brazilian municipalities and represents 1.37% of the total wealth produced in the country.
The transportation sector is managed by the Transport and Transit Company of Belo Horizonte (BHTRANS). The Mass Transit System carries around 1.4 million passengers per day and covers approximately 300 routes operated by 50 companies, which operate a fleet of 2,874,000 vehicles, with an average age of 5 years and 8 months. Since 1995, BHBus is being implemented (Plan for the Restructuring of the Belo Horizonte Transport System), which aims to improve the bus system in order to create an integrated transport network (metro and urban and intercity buses).
Recently, the city became known for its capacity to develop two types of tourism: event tourism and cultural tourism. With a diverse trade and service sector and based on a highly developed hotel chain, restaurants and bank branches, Belo Horizonte is one of the main business tourism centers in the country and organizes major national and international events.