Minas’s second largest city, Uberlândia is the unofficial capital of the Minas Triangle (region in western Minas Gerais). The city grew in part thanks to its strategic positioning, virtually the same distance to Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Brasília – and at the halfway point between the last two.
The powerful economy, based on agriculture and on hosting the headquarters of Brazil’s largest wholesalers, makes the city a services and business tourism hub. In addition to good hotels, there is an important convention center, one of the largest in the country, occupying the same space as a traditional shopping mall.
With its organized traffic, cut by large avenues and parallel city blocks, Uberlândia is far from being a mere commercial hub – it also has parks, good restaurants, and a lively nightlife.