For almost 60 years, Brasília was designed to be adored and contemplated. Her beauty is in every centimeter, at every turn, in every color. Familiarize yourself with the figure of Oscar Niemeyer, for he is the architect that designed this city designed to be a national pride.
More than beautiful, Brasilia is an indispensable stop for any tourist itinerary. Be sure to visit the landmark buildings, designed and dreamed to be part of this city, the capital of Brazil.
When you arrive at the Praça dos Três Poderes, you will understand how the country works. The local Constitution states that the Three Powers (Executive, Legislative and Judiciary) are independent and harmonic among themselves. But, regardless of what the law says, the greatest crime would be not to visit the headquarters of each of them. Have a camera at hand, preferably.
Nearby you will find one of the most magnificent pearls of local architecture: the Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida. It is made up of 16 concrete columns that support unique and beautiful stained glass windows. The view from inside can be even more stunning. The altar was donated by Pope João Paulo VI and the via crucis is signed by the famous modernist painter Di Cavalcanti. Without a doubt, it is one of the most culturally enriching trips of the capital.
The Honestino Guimarães National Museum is very easy to be located: it is very close to the bus station, and its dome shaped architecture, draws attention. Thanks to this space, Brasília joined the international art circuit. If you're in town during the month of September, be sure to visit the site. The Cena Contemporânea Festivals - International Theater Festival in Brasília that are free and tend to be quite fun.
At night, a great choice is the Asa Norte, where there are bars to suit all audiences. The blocks 408 and 409 are notorious to house some of them and they tend to be busy because of the good food, interesting cocktails and varied music.
The Lady Sarah Kubitschek City Park is the largest and most famous outdoor leisure center. There you will find 4.2 km ² of green area with sport courts, cycling and walking tracks, an amusement park, an equestrian center and even a kart track. Complete as many laps as you can in the circuit. Nothing could be more refreshing than a sunny day in the City Park. Enjoy!
There, near the park, at the Monumental Axis, is the JK Memorial, a museum dedicated to the former President Juscelino Kubitschek, founder of Brasilia. Homage to Juscelino Kubitschek is more than deserved, since he moved the capital and government headquarters from the coast to the central region of the country. Believe me, it seemed like madness in the 50’s. In the exterior part of the Museum, there are works from the Brazilian painter and sculptor Athos Bulcão. Inside, part of the legacy of JK is preserved, apart from his remains.
In the heart of Brasilia, you will find the TV Tower. It is worth visiting the observatory, that is 75 meters from the ground. From there, the view of Brasília’s architecture is complete. Go up the elevator and see the Esplanada dos Ministérios, the Setores Hoteleiros Norte e Sul, the Brasília National Stadium, the Autódromo Nelson Piquet, the Lago Paranoá and even other administrative regions.
Finish the day with a beer at Pontão at Lago Sul. Pontão is located near to the Honestino Guimarães Bridge. The place has several options for bars and restaurants.