Prestigious for its modern building designs and futuristic approach to architecture and engineering, Brasilia leads the way in metropolitan planning and urban development. However, it is still considered as a real part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites because of well preserved old structures like; National Congress, Brasilia Cathedral, Ponte Bridge, just to name a few. Looking back fifty years ago, this was a barren desert, now there are creative structures and innovative landmarks. Parque da Cidade is where the diverse wildlife of Brasilia can be found in its varied expressions. It is great for walking, running, eating a fruit, or sipping coconut water. It always has classes for football, meditation, martial arts and lots of options to do for all tastes!
When To Go:
In Brasília and a significant part of the western part of Brazil you can rely on sunny skies and convenient temperatures from March to July. Around these months the temperature ranges from 22°c or 75°f. November to February is the rainiest months and when the temperature regularly shoots up to 38°c (100°f). At the point when congress takes hiatus (July, January, and February), the city’s beat abates perceptibly, and inn rooms are less demanding to get. It’s almost difficult to get a room amid major political occasions. Then again, famous occasions, for example, New Year’s and Carnival are considerably less boisterous than in different urban communities.
The best season to visit the Federal District of Brazil relies on what you plan to do. If your itinerary includes taking photographs of nature and wildlife, the perfect time is the dry season which occurs from June to October. As the waters decrease, the animals are amassed in a more modest zone making them easy targets for a photo shoot. If you are into fishing, the ideal time is from August to October, before the rainy season dwells for a short while in the city of Brasilia.
A highly modernized city with a great green area, these are the places to see and things to do when in Brasilia City:
Santuario Dom Bosco
The Santuario Dom Bosco is made up of 80 columns, 16 feet high, and 2,200 square meters of stained glass in 12 shades of blue and 4 red panels in the corners, a chandelier made of 7,400 pieces of Murano glass and it is a beautiful modern church in a modern capital. Upon entrance, there is a beautiful interior light with a deep sense of calm and spirituality . The ornate chandelier looks stunning even in broad daylight. It is a beautiful vista and experience that must not be missed for a totally different perspective. For several minutes, it is magically captivating and looks like almost the huge chandelier is also giving out its light, technically it is one of the most beautiful churches in the world.
The cathedral looks intriguing from the outside because of its box like rectangular shape, but the interior is very impressive. The blue glass blocks create a unique and special lighting effect. When the sun shines, the whole interior is bathed in a wonderful blue light. The windows are absolutely beautiful. The church is bathed in a very soft light that helps make this a magical sanctuary and oasis in the middle of the city. The windows primarily determine the atmosphere and produce great lighting in the church interior. Also worth seeing is the large crucifix in the altar area. The church is accessible by numerous bus lines, but it runs only a few minutes from the center.
Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre
The Bank of Brazil Cultural Center (Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre) is a well known place for Brazilians who love the theater, music, and art exhibitions. The theater has an annual program of shows and musical performances that you need to buy and book in advance. It is always the official site of the important exhibitions of renowned artists in Brazil and abroad. It is the best cultural space of Brasilia that is worth a visit whenever you are in the city. You can explore the great exhibits, enjoy special events, or just have a picnic in its huge garden with well manicured lawns. It is a meeting point that provides better entertainment, and free access. It also has a free shuttle bus service from the city center.
CCBB’s Brasilia has interesting free shows which run all the way through the evening. The regular theatre and shows are very affordable, there is a lawn overlooking the lake where you can gather with family and friends, a space for children to play outdoors, enough space to park the car, coffee with good service and in a nice area, plus a very cool art bookshop. There is never a dull corner or boring moment when you visit this amusing cultural center in Brasilia.
Pontao do Lago Sul
The Pontão do Lago Sul is located on the shores of Lake Paranoa which bathes Brasilia from the extreme tip of the Asa-Asa attraction that is located near the airport. Inside the fenced and protected area, there are five typical restaurants to suit all tastes with lots of green spaces and well-groomed lawns that are also suitable for families with children. It is the ideal place to spend outdoor weekends with the mandatory boat trips on the lake.
To stroll along the Pontao is a “must” for anyone visiting Brasilia. It is more advisable at night because of the relaxed atmosphere, cold weather, and fresh breeze from the lake (given the perfect temperature of Brasilia that does seem to live with the air conditioning on). There are lots of bars and restaurants, at night it’s a bit relaxed with less crowds, and long walks can turn out to be romantic, carefree, and pleasant for loving couples. It is a good place to relax and dine with the row of restaurants around.
The Catedral Metropolitana is a renowned icon of architecture in Brasilia. It is a fantastic place planned and designed by one of the world’s greatest architects Oscar Niemeyer and constructed in a modern and organized city. It is easy to access and close to the Plateau. It is an original structure where the dome is above ground and with an underground church. The belfry and tower is constructed separately. It is one of the most significant symbols of modern architectural influences in Brasilia, the Metropolitan Cathedral is full of meanings and deserves a place of contemplation and enough time to see and realize all of its important details.
The whole dark corridor at the entrance enables the light from outside shine in the church with the help of its stained glass windows. The Cathedral also houses some masterpiece art collections.
The cathedral stands out a bit and although suspended from the ceiling and hovering above the church goers, the giant archangels produce a strange experience. A visit is mandatory when you go to Brasília. For those who know Art, and the recent history of Brazil, it is worth spending time to see this unique place in the city. The futuristic architecture of the Cathedral takes you to the surreal and dreamlike aura.
Itamaraty Palace (Foreign Ministry)
The Itamaraty Palace (Foreign Ministry) is without a doubt the best guided tour of Brasilia. It has stunning architecture, great collection of works of art, and very knowledgeable guides in multiple languages – all tourists and residents should make a visit. It yields many beautiful photos that you can upload to your social networks. The architecture of the Itamaraty is unique. The meticulous details at the awnings provide a neat impression of the place. The lobby is very beautiful and expresses a certain refinement to the environment.
The headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is designed by Oscar Niemeyer and one of the best attractions to see in the city. First, you will be welcomed to a large lounge with internal landscaping done by Burle Max (also responsible for the design and landscape of the external areas) of Athos panels, framed artworks of Alfredo Volpi and a beautiful circular staircase. On the second floor is the table where Princess Isabel signed the Golden Law, purposely directed to the courthouse. The building is from 1970 and is also known as Palace of the Arches. You can also check out the other features like the Monumental Axis, and the offices of the government ministries. It is open from Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 16:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Admission to the palace is totally free.
The Congresso Nacional is another fabulous work of Oscar Niemeyer built to house the legislature of Brazil. It’s worth a walk around to visit other nearby architectural works like; the Court, the Presidential Palace, and the Cathedral of Brasília. The tour is extremely organized and allows visitors to truly feel the atmosphere of the Congress, and the work they do on the two legislative houses (The Senate and Chamber of Deputies). If you are in luck you can arrange an audience at the Office of the Mayor which is mostly done on weekends.
It is mandatory for those who visit Brasilia and for kids it is good to bring them along because there is lots of educational information that will prove helpful for them in school.
When visiting the Congress, be sure to visit the museum too which exists in the same premises. There are interesting facts and pieces from the beginning of the Republic that tells the history of the emergence of a nation that started its journey to modernization in 1955. Above all, it is a great work of architecture, an imposing building that houses the Senate and the House of Representatives located in the Plaza of the Three Powers, which is truly worth visiting.
Igrejinha Nossa Senhora De Fatima Church (Our Lady of the Fatima Chapel)
The Igrejinha Nossa Senhora De Fatima Church (Our Lady of the Fatima Chapel) is quite small but very interesting. The acoustic is perfect acoustic and it is also well ventilated. The blue and white tiles were installed at the time of the inauguration of Brasilia. It is a must see tourist spot in the city. It is another piece of architectural masterpiece from Oscar Niemeyer shaped in the form of a nun’s veil and tile works were done by the well known plastic artist Althos, another brilliant artist. It is a landmark church and an iconic symbol of the city.
The little church was built by King Sara Kubitschek in paying his promise to Holy Mary or the miraculous Fatima for the healing of her sick daughter. It is a religious icon of Brasilia. Its architecture is unique and the installation of the tiles makes it culturally valuable. This church is also a favorite wedding venue by most couples who live in Brasilia. Although small and exposed to noise and bystanders, its simplicity makes it ideal to pause for awhile and spend some time for reflection and thanksgiving. The architecture is well distinguished and at the same time imposing, do not fail to visit.
Parque da Cidade (Sarah Kubitschek)
The Parque da Cidade (Sarah Kubitschek) is an ideal park to practice outdoor sports such as hiking, running, soccer, basketball, and other fitness sport, and it even has a lake for swimming. It is a large recreational space in the heart of Brasilia. The city park is immense, but very cozy. There are many options for those attending the park, from the playground to the more traditional bars of Brasilia. It is a very good space to practice walking, cycling, romantic walks, picnic, BBQ, and fun for the whole family!
Clube do Choro
There is no place like this in Brazil! The shows are of excellent quality with the best musicians and composers in the country at an unbelievable price. The Clube do Choro is perfect for anyone who enjoys good music. It is a good place to hear good music with enough variety – from established artists to “homegrown talent” of local musicians.
If you arrive half an hour before the show, you can place orders with ease, snack and chat until the show started. There is so much variety, but the menu is cool, tasty and reasonably priced. The green broth, Swiss cheese and Caipirinhas are the best.
Salto do Itiquira Waterfall
The Salto do Itiquira Waterfall is an easily accessible location with newly paved road. It is located some 30 km from the city center. It is very well structured, pleasant place with enough parking, toilets, and restaurant. The jump is stunning, with a large freefall. There are trails, but it is highly recommended to go with trained guides. On the way there are some restaurants that are also worth knowing. Lots of nature, wonderful waterfall, and adequate access, the Itiquira is a definite must in your travel itinerary to Brasilia.
Chapada Imperial Natural Reserve
A beautiful ecological park that is 30 minutes away from Brasilia, the Chapada Imperial Natural Reserve.
provides space for camping and good facilities. The most common program is the one-day visit that includes a tour in one of the four defined trails, bathing in lakes formed by the waterfalls, and the packaged lunch by the waters. The 12 miles of travel on rough roads are offset by the lush beauty of the place, the contact with nature, the birds and the typical lush vegetation. It is an excellent Sunday program for the whole family!
The JK Bridge is also known as the third largest bridge and it is much visited by tourists because it is a bridge that was built in honor of the founder of Brasilia – Juscelino Kubitschek. It is one of the famous postcards of the Federal Capital. It is worth a visit for the scenery and the sense of contact with nature . It is another great work of the architectural genius, Oscar Niemeyer. The location is fantastic and gives easy access to the pontoon. Most tourists come here for the great photo opportunity with the famous symbolic bridge behind them.
Brasilia not only enriches the mind about history but also develop a deep sense of spirituality. The Parque da Cidade is a great place for outdoor activities. You can unwind and forget the night away with the many bars, restaurants and free shows. In contrast, you can find peace at the Santuario dom Bosco because once you enter the place really hits you, the way the light comes through the glass gives it a unique touch to this place, truly one of the remarkable things to witness in Brasilia.
The CCBB is a great place of diversity and an ideal place for a cultural tour, exhibitions, theater, and walk along the green area itself. It is always good to follow the schedule of events and musicals to watch. The Fatima Chapel, gives moments of calm that invigorate the spirit. The silence and peace are important for a personal meeting with the Higher Self who comforts and strengthens everyone’s hearts. Brasilia is a journey that is truly worth knowing and it is amazing to learn so much about the city, its deep reverence to the faith, love for nature, and their nation’s freedom.