Because of the predominantly young college student population, Montes Claros has a lively nightlife. The place to go is Esteves Rodrigues Ave, downtown, where the most popular bars are located.
During the day, make sure to visit both the parks within the city and on its outskirts. The most popular is Sapucaia Park, which is a forest reservation on the Ibituruna mountains, and where you hang-glide, fly model airplanes or just go up on the cable car.
The region also has many caves. The cave complex of Lapa Grande holds animal fossils and beautiful rock formations. The most impressive of these extends throughout a subterranean river to the Lapa Encantada waterfalls.