Attractions in Brasilia, Brazil: What to do and where to go
Brasilia serves as a connection point for the majority of people traveling throughout Brazil because of the number of flights that stop by the capital when heading to the north or south of the country. It is no wonder, therefore, that the city boasts a wide array of tourist attractions, providing plenty of entertainment for everyone. Besides its evident artistic beauty, Brasilia also has a number of parks and ecological areas for people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Using Brasilia as a base, it's easy to explore all the diverse natural attractions in the center of the country.
Almost every region in Brasilia has something interesting to see in terms of entertainment. There are a number of theaters, museums, libraries, exhibition centers, sports activities and movie theaters. The city is especially fitting for people visiting on business trips thanks to its convention center and hotel infrastructure. Without a doubt, Brasilia has everything that a cosmopolitan city typically offers.
The Television Tower
This immense tower is the ideal spot to begin your sightseeing tour of Brasilia. Standing 735 feet tall, the Television Tower is the highest point in the city and a great spot for a panoramic view of all the marvels Brasilia holds. The elevator ride to the top of the tower is free. Once you're done identifying the city's numerous landmarks, be sure to visit the National Museum of Precious Stones located on the tower's viewing platform.
Brasilia's Botanical Garden
Brasilia has a beautiful botanical garden which leaves a lasting impression on most people who visit it. It is located on the outskirts of the city and spans 1,300 acres of land. Every aspect of the diverse ecosystem of Cerrado, Brazil's vast tropical savannah, is represented here. In fact, collections of native and exotic flora from all over the whole country, together with animals of the region, are all on show. When it opened its doors in 1985, it was the first of its type in Brazil.
Many different types of orchid can be seen at the Margaret Mee Orchidarium. A phylogenetics exhibition displays examples of different species of plants and their evolution over several thousand years. A recreation of the Kyoto Forest was constructed in the park, based on the famous Kyoto Protocol, as a symbolic commitment to the preservation of nature. The garden also has an ''eco-path'' that is a little less than three miles long.
The World Cup
Brasilia will be a host city during the 2014 Soccer World Cup. Be sure to pay a visit to the city's soccer stadiums and get a sense of what the finals will feel like in a few years.
Parque de Cidade
Located in the center of Brasilia, this extensive natural area is known as the largest urban park in the world. The park features playgrounds, small flea markets and even has a couple of hot springs. Enjoy its numerous fountains and lagoons while going for a jog or a bicycle ride. The main entrance is on Eixo Monumental, one of Brasilia's central avenues, in Asa Sul.
Brasilia's National Park
Brasilia's National Park opened in 1961 with a special aim to protect the flora and fauna of the capital. One of its main attractions is a huge lagoon which is consistently fed by mineral water flowing in from a river close by. A number of species of birds and mammals originating in the Amazon, such as tapirs and deer, can be seen roaming around. The park is 15 minutes away from the city's downtown area.
The National Theatre
The National Theatre opened its doors in 1981 and has three main halls: Martins Penna, Villa Lobos, and Alberto Nepomuceno. The theater has the shape of an irregular pyramid and was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Its main entrance boasts two important sculptures of Alfredo Ceschiatti known as ''The Contortionist'' and Marianne Peretti known as the ''The Bird''.
The Planetarium is located next to Brasilia's Convention Center and close to the Television Tower. During the week the center offers educational programs for schools and other visitors, while at the weekend they have a variety of shows. The programs are all specially designed to foster scientific curiosity in children.
Thanks to its warm dry air, Brasilia is one of the best spots in the world to enjoy aerial sports. The city hosted the 14th Hang Gliding World Championship in 2003 and the Brazilian Hang Gliding Championship in 2005. Take the opportunity to experience the thrill of hang gliding and get a real bird's eye view of the city
Lake Paranoa is a testament to modern engineering. It was built by changing the course of a number of rivers, directing them into a manmade lake and thus providing a source of water for the region. It has the second largest marina in the country and it's a popular spot for sailing or windsurfing.
The Cathedral of Brasilia
This majestic cathedral has a unique design and an eye-catching crystal ceiling. It was finished in 1970 and is now considered an emblematic symbol of Brasilia. The cathedral is definitely worth visiting if you're planning on going sightseeing around the city.
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