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Local Lens: Exploring the Nature of Belo Horizonte with @fredbandeira

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more photos and videos from Frederico’s favorite places around Belo Horizonte, explore the Savassi, Praça da Liberdade, Serra do Curral and Lagoa dos Ingleses location pages and follow @fredbandeira on Instagram.

“My city, Belo Horizonte, is certainly a huge creative inspiration. Like most people who live here, I am in love with this place. Belo Horizonte, affectionately called ‘BH,’ has a population of over 3 million but still has that welcoming, small town feel,” says Belo Horizonte Instagrammer Frederico Mattos (@fredbandeira), whose shots mostly capture his day-to-day life. “I could be driving, walking or biking somewhere and all of a sudden I’ll realize that I’m in front of a potentially beautiful shot—and I’ll stop to record that moment.”

Within the urban parts of the city, Frederico heads to Savassi, a local mall, to capture portraits of the eye-catching characters who hang out there. For a dose of the city’s rich culture, Frederico recommends Praça da Liberdade: “It is the city’s most charming square which also houses Brazil’s largest cultural center.”

To experience Belo Horizonte’s natural sights, Frederico hikes up to Serra do Curral. “One of the city’s landmarks, this mountain gives Belo Horizonte a very unique energy.” The Lagoa dos Ingleses is also among Frederico’s favorite spots in “a special corner of the city where nature and beautiful landscapes meet water sports.”

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Local Lens: Out and About in Belo Horizonte with @adaniella

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. For more photos and videos from Daniella’s favorite places around Belo Horizonte, explore the Mercado Central, Lagoa da Pampulha and Parque das Mangabeiras location pages and follow @adaniella on Instagram.

“I’m inspired by Belo Horizonte’s contrasts, from its breathtaking landscapes to the city’s colors, which speak for themselves,” says Belo Horizonte Instagrammer Daniella Cabizuca (@adaniella). Having lived in Belo Horizonte for the past 12 years, Daniella finds delight in capturing the city through images. “Belo Horizonte is an extremely photogenic city, no matter your taste or style.”

Daniella’s favorite place to take photos is the Mercado Central, a local market where you can find a large diversity of food and drinks. “The Mercado allows me to explore my fascination with colors and shapes.” When in the mood for landscapes, Daniella heads to the Lagoa da Pampulha, a beautiful lake where the famous São Francisco de Assis church is located. “The Lagoa’s amusement park is also really great. Its angles and colors make for wonderful photos.”

To experience the phenomenon behind the city’s name (Belo Horizonte translates to “beautiful horizon”), Daniella suggests visiting the Parque das Mangabeiras. “You can see the entire city from here. It’s a very interesting place to take pictures. Nature is all around, and that is very inspiring.”