It’s difficult to take a photograph of a hill that perfectly captures its gradient. But if you level the camera with the street you can let the new angle of the buildings show it for you…
The hills of Belo Horizonte are ridiculous. As the city has spread out its property-developers have had to be inventive about housing, considering the city is surrounded by steep folds of mountainous valleysides.
That leads to steep roads like the one seen in these images. Car-tyres screech and smoke as they skid downwards and residents near enough collapse walking to the top of these streets.
Steep hills surround Belo Horizonte’s city centre, and chic, wealthy neighbourhoods such as Savassi and Funcionários lie at the bottom of these valleys.
During heavy rain-storms water flows downhill, and just a few weeks ago downtown Belo Horizonte was completely flooded following two days of heavy rain, which led to cars bobbing around like rubber ducks.