Rua do Amendoim, Belo Horizonte

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An optical illusion at Rua do Amendoim has long puzzled drivers and pedestrians, and has even caused wild speculation about magic and mysterious underground deposits of iron and magnetized minerals. When you drive up to the beginning of this popular "Peanut Street" and put your car in neutral, your eyes will tell you, incorrectly, that you are now ascending the hill, not descending it. Thousands of visitors flock to this location every month, and even locals never tire of testing their powers of perception here. It is, of course, just a matter of the observer’s perspective and the unusual topography of the region. Make a quick stop here for a fun detour on your tour of the downtown area. Plan to visit Rua do Amendoim and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Belo Horizonte attractions using our Belo Horizonte trip planner .
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  • Interesting, but only if you're nearby, the impression of being in a descent and the car go back.. not worth going a long way to meet
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  • I found fantastic the feel of the car moving only by the elétromagnético field. Plus, he does so at a speed much higher than I expected. I really enjoyed!
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  • The street seems to be a uphill (small), but the car in neutral it seems to come up. An interesting optical illusion. Don't expect a super slope, it's not.
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Most of the city's accommodations lie within the inner ring road, in close proximity to the best attractions in Belo Horizonte. For convenience, look to stay in the vicinity of Praça Raul Soares, the city's central park and rotary. You can also find a range of high-rise hotels a bit farther south, in the neighborhoods of Boa Viagem and Savassi, close to Praça Diogo de Vasconcelos. About 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the city center, the 1940s neighborhood of Pampulha stands out as one of the most interesting places to visit in Belo Horizonte, and offers a decent selection of lodgings near the airport.
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