The State of Minas Gerais has 20 million inhabitants and is the third economy in Brazil. Since gold was discovered in the 18th century is a major exporter of mineral ores. The state holds approximately 60% of the national historical heritage.
Its cuisine is diversified and considered the best of Brazil. Land of mountains, beautiful landscapes, parks and waterfalls, it is a center for adventure sports, and also features several leisure options in the midst of nature and its historical cities.
Living in Belo Horizonte
The capital of Minas Gerais is Belo Horizonte (BH). It has 2.4 million inhabitants and is the fourth most populous city of Brazil. It was considered the metropolis with better quality of life in Latin America by the Population Crisis Committee of the UN and it is number 45 between the 100 best ones of the world in 1990.
Belo Horizonte has a pleasant weather, beautiful landscapes, eclectic architecture and rich leisure alternatives. Considered the Brazilian city with the largest number of bars per inhabitant, its night offers the most varied styles options, from ballad to the international quality gastronomy. In the surroundings of BH, a few kilometers away, there are various leisure activities: adventure, fun and culture. In addition, it is about 400 km from Rio de Janeiro and 580 km from São Paulo.
Cost of life
Considering basic needs such as housing, food, transportation and clothing, the cost of living in BH revolves around 20.00/30.00 real/day. The rent is between 100.00 to 500.00 reais/month, depending on the location and comforts offered. You must evaluate the cost of housing x transportation cost and time lost in the displacing. Thus, the higher cost of housing in a particular location that however is closer to your place of study may be more affordable than paying less for another property that requires a higher transportation cost. Transportation by bus costs 2.85 real (2014). A couple without children, and taking into account rent, health insurance, transport, leisure, food, etc., spend on average about R$ 1,600.00 a month living with a relative luxury.