Since we opened our office in Brazil’s Belo Horizonte about four years ago, I go there every seven or eight months. We started our foray into Brazil from this city, which is the capital of the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte means ‘beautiful horizon’ in Portuguese, and it indeed is a beautiful city, surrounded by hills, unlike its more famous cousin Rio de Janeiro, which is known for its beaches.
Belo Horizonte was founded in the 18th century and has, ever since, been a commercial hub. With a Portuguese heritage, it is culturally rich with beautiful, old churches, especially in the downtown areas of the city.
I’m not aware if there are large hotel chains in the city, but you can easily find good local hotels that are also affordable. In the downtown area, there are many fine dining restaurants and bars, which are also good places to have work-related meetings. In fact, I decided on a local partner for my company in one of these restaurants.
Brazilian cuisine consists largely of meat and most of the food is grilled. I enjoyed the local cuisine, although it has limited options for vegetarians. You should keep in mind that dinner is eaten early here, by 7 pm. After that, the bars take over. If you drink alcohol, you should try the local Brazilian drink called Cachaca, made from sugarcane juice and quite potent!
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(This story appears in the 28 September, 2012 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)
Thanks for sharing the info. Brazil\'s economy is going to enjoy the benefits of organizing the football world cup and olympics in the years to come.on Sep 21, 2012