Attractions in Goiania: What To Do and Where To Go
Brazil's greenest city offers a wide range of attractions for ecotourists. It features 22 beautiful parks, an average temperature of 73 degrees Fahrenheit and nine months of sun a year, along with tree-lined streets, nature trails, museums, woods, an international racetrack (the largest in Brazil), one of the country's most beautiful soccer stadiums and many more attractions that make Goiania the perfect place for your next vacation.Don't miss out on Chapadas dos Veadeiros (one of Brazil's main ecological areas) and Caldas Novas (the largest hydrothermal resort town in the world), along with the Parque Nacional das Emas and the town of Pirenopolis, known for their beautiful waterfalls.
Chapadas dos Veadeiros
One of Brazil's most stunning landscapes, this area is located approximately 250 miles from Goiania, covering an area of about 160,000 acres of Brazilian tropical savanna. The altitude can reach from 2,000 to 5,500 feet, filled with waterfalls, cliff sides, valleys and natural pools. The large amount of quartz crystals covering the ground make this spot one of the most naturally luminous places seen from outer space (according to NASA data), drawing in a mysterious aura to Chapadas dos Veadeiros.
Alto Paraiso is that gateway into Chapadas, known by many as the City of the Third Millennium. The 14th parallel passes through this region, the same that crosses through the legendary Machu Picchu in Peru. Many believe that this parallel provides a special energy, due to many supposed UFO sightings along that line. Chapadas dos Veadeiros also holds the American continent's largest geological heritage, the Arai plate, formed more than 1.8 billion years ago. The zen-like atmosphere has made many specialists leave behind their city lives in order to live in the simplicity of this place, all while trying to solve the mysteries of outer space and await the supposed upcoming apocalypse in the year 2012.
This is the world's biggest hydrothermal resort, with 86 active wells whose waters flow up from underground at a temperature ranging from 68 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It's situated about 100 miles outside of Goiania. In Caldas Novas, you'll find PESCAN (Caldas Novas Sierra State Park), which features many springs that turn into streams, all in the midst of lush vegetation. The park was created to protect the rainfall area that supplies the thermal ground water. Tourist visits are somewhat controlled in order for the park to continue preserving the Goiano savanna and the hydrothermal spring.
Parque Nacional das Emas
This reserve, which covers 326,000 acres, has trails more than 25 miles long, some of which can only be traveled by car. The park features rich biodiversity and many species, including jaguar, puma, giant armadillo, coyamel, aguara guazu (from the local Guarani language, meaning "big fox"), Amazonian tapir, Pampas deer, ocelot, crab-eating fox, and greater rhea. The Formoso River offers great conditions for rafting just outside the park limits.
Parque Vaca Brava
This city park covers nearly 20 acres with native jungle plants and wildlife, along with a beautiful and expansive lake. The park offers a jogging trail where hundreds of people come to train and exercise every day.
Bosque dos Buritis
Considered part of the city's natural heritage, this wooded area houses three manmade lagoons whose water flows in from the Buriti Stream. One of the lagoons is known as having the largest water flow in South America. The forest itself covers 31 acres, and is home to the Museo de Artes (Art Museum), the Centro Livre de Artes (Open Center for the Arts), and a liberty monument made by artist Siron Franco.
Other Parks and Forests
- Jardim Botanico Amalia Hermano Teixeira
- Jardim Zoologico
- Lago das Rosas
- Parque Areiao
- Parque Flamboyant
- Parque Mutirama
Pirenopolis is a small nearby village that's considered an important part of Brazil's national heritage, located about 2,600 feet above sea level. It's filled with natural beauty, colonial architecture and historic value, having played an important role in the Brazilian gold era of the 18th century. In the surrounding areas, you'll come across beautiful ecotourism attractions, including rivers, waterfalls, trails, rock formations and wildlife. The Parque Estadual dos Pirineus (Pirineus State Park) is also nearby, offering natural springs on the slopes of the Pirineus mountain range, along with many native plants and animals. The majestic Rosario waterfall, towering at 140 feet tall, is situated in a mountain reserve.
Museu Goiano Zoroastro Artiaga
This art deco-style museum holds a wide variety of artifacts related to the history of the Industrial Revolution, along with indigenous items and collectors' artwork (religious and pop, in addition to regional rocks and minerals). Here, you can learn about the fascinating history of Goiania.
Other Museums and Cultural Centers
- Arte Contemporanea de Goiania
- Fundacao Museu de Ornitologia
- Museu Pedro Ludovico
- Museu Antropologico da Universidade Federal de Goias
- Museu de Escultura ao Ar Livre
- Instituto Goiano de Prehistoria y Antropologia
- Centro Historico de Goiania
- Centro Cultural Oscar Niemeyer
- Coreto da Praca Civica
- Horto Florestal
- Memorial do Cerrado
- Monumento a Camara Filho
- Monumento a Paz
- Monumento as Tres Racas
- Monumento ao Bandeirante
- Palacio das Esmeraldas
- Planetario de Goiania
- Torre do Relogio
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