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Visiting Brasilia

Updated on July 24, 2011

Interesting facts about Brasilia

Deep in the heart of the central region lies Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Developed in 1956, Brasilia is a newer city that finally became the capital four long years later. Brazilians are quite proud of their capital. It is their only planned city which makes this a special and unique place to visit.

Brasilia has a Tropical savanna climate so one season is humid and one is dry. The dry season is enjoyed from March until October where the humidity only averages around 30 percent. Brasilia sees visitors from around the world and the creator of the city did an absolutely phenomenal job of including specific areas that are designated for everything including accommodation.

This vibrant city provides hostels, pensions, inns and international hotel chains. Brasilia has been created in the shape of a bird, with each section having its own area for housing, hospitals, banking and commerce. There are both residential as well as commercial zones which is why this is such an exceptional city to participate in tours. It is seriously not like any other city you will ever see.

Brasilia is a cosmopolitan city that offers a large assortment of phenomenal restaurants and is considered a preferred venue for political events and outstanding movie festivals. Through the course of the year, Brasilia sees many local and important international events. The city has an endless assortment of museums and historical sites to visit such as the Complexo Cultural da República, National Congress and the Cathedral of Brasilia. The best place to see the city is at the top of the Television Tower and if you want to appreciate a few of the finest local artists, the Public Works of Art holds some of the most intriguing work in the region. Brasilia is also the home to Paranóa Lake, a gigantic artificial lake and holds the country's second largest marina. The lake is a highlighted feature for adventure enthusiasts who enjoy windsurfing and wakeboarding. The city is also well known for hang gliding and air sports as well and since there is such a dry climate, thermal winds are created which are ideal for many sports.

When the Brasilia's planning first began it significantly exceeded growth expectations. In the beginning it was meant to be a city where the transit of vehicles would flow with no traffic lights. The roads were designed to detour around the city and not actually go through it. The city grew so quickly that the entire design had to be changed. Strong law enforcement inflicts strict driving laws in Brasilia and it is Brazil's only city where pedestrians actually are granted the right of way.

The original plan for the city was designed so that the city's dwellers would have to drive some type of automobile in order to be able to travel around however this did not prove to be ideal so the creation of public transportation was needed. Brasilia offers bus systems, subways and taxis that are all user friendly for tourists..

View of Brasilia


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