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Introduction

Niemeyer Church in Belo Horizonte

Niemeyer Church in Belo Horizonte

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Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais in the southeast of Brazil and is one of the biggest cities in the country, after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with about 2.5 million people in the city and well over 5 million in the total metropolitan area.

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Events and Festivals

World Cup 2014

Australian Fans

Australian Fans

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The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. It takes place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. The national teams of 32 countries will join the second biggest sports event in the world (after the Olympic Games). A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Twelve locations will be World Cup host cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. They cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil provided, when matches were concentrated in the south-east and south. As a result the tournament will require significant long-distance travel for teams. Brazil opens the tournament against Croatia, played in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June, and the final will be played on the 13th of July in Rio de Janeiro.

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Getting There

By Plane

Belo Horizonte/Pampulha – Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport (PLU) is located about 8 kilometres from downtown Belo Horizonte.
TRIP and two other smaller airlines serve the city. Some of the main destinations include Campo Grande, Curitiba, Campinas, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alpes BHAlpes street 797 House 1hostel-
Hostel O Sorriso do Lagarto BHCristina, no 791 Região da Savassihostel78
Hostel TaiuaRua Amapá 67hostel78
La em Casa Hostel-PousadaRua Eurita, 30 Santa TerezaHOSTEL87
HI Belo Horizonte HostelRua Itatiaia, 157 BonfimHostel79
Max Savassi Apart ServiceR. Antônio de Albuquerque, 335Hotel-
Hotel BragançaAv. Parana, 109 CentroHotel-
Hotel FinancialAv Afonso Pena, 571 CentroHotel-
Laranja Mecanica Hostel & PousadaRua Rodrigues Caldas, 703, Sto AgostinhoHOSTEL89
Amazonas Palace HotelAv. Amazonas,120HOTEL-
Ginga HostelRua Gabriel Santos, 165 SerraHOSTEL76
Bristol Jaragua HotelRua Boaventura, 987 JaraguaHOTEL-
Minas HostelRua Sabara, 26 Bairro FlorestaHOSTEL-
Hostel BHRua Brasilia, 298 - Bairro Carlos PratesHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns often have at least one spot with more or less decent connections.
An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hotspots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer or of course smartphone. Sometimes it is free, sometimes you need to register and there is a time limite and sometimes you need to pay a small amount for (day) use.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Brazil is: 55. To make an international call from , the code is: 0014. All cities use the following emergency numbers: 190 (police), 192 (medical) and 193 (fire department). However, if you dial 911 or 112 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.
Brazil uses two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them.

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo (Telefónica Group), Claro (Telmex/América Móvil Group), OI and TIM (Telecom Italia Group), all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks. Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc.

Post

Correios is the national postal service of Brazil. It is a government run postal service and overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications. Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 5:00pm, although post offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, usually from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are no set opening hours at weekends and as post office owners can choose when to open and close. More and more post offices are open until 1:00pm on Saturdays though. You can check things at the nearest post office.

Sending postcards, letters and parcels is a rather straightforward process and services are reliable, though not overly fast when sending post internationally, mostly taking about a week to the USA and Europe, and there is a track-and-trace service for this as well. Domestically, there are both next day as well as more expensive same day delivery options. Stamps are available at post offices, as well as some kiosks or other places where they sell postcards.

For sending packages internationally, you can also used competitively priced private companies like TNT, UPS or DHL. They are generally much quicker and not much more expensive.

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