The capital of Brazil is a planned city and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Designed in the shape of a large bird or airplane, its residential areas are located in the shape of its wings. The city is also well-known for its cathedral which features six columns. The columns represent two hands reaching up to heaven. An artificial lake is the centre of recreation in the city and offers many options for leisure activities. The Three Powers Square is worth visiting as is the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial which is a dedication and burial site to the president. Public works of art are well represented in the city, and include art by Brazilian artists Burle Marx, famous for his landscape design, Athos Bulcão who creates geometric tile panels, Oscar Niemeyer’s buildings and sculptures and the sculpture work of Ceschiatti and Bruno Giorgio. These are viewable for free on the streets.
Basketball, jogging and wakeboarding are popular sporting activities in the area. Between January and June Brasilia’s home team plays in the national league. Locals spend a lot of time jogging and this is by far the city’s most popular sporting and recreational activity. For retail therapy, travellers can spend the day at Setor de Diversões, imports market and FNAC for records and books. Food served at local restaurants includes dishes from the Brazilian states and international styles. Brazilian, Mexican and French cuisine are all well-represented here.
The climate in Brasilia doesn’t feature particularly extreme conditions. Temperatures range from about 17°C to 28°C and seldom go any higher. In winter it can get as cold as 1 degree and in mid-summer (September- October)34 degrees is possible, but short-lived. The dry season occurs in August and September. At this time the green areas become brown and dry and desert-like. This is, however, the time of the year when Brasilia yields its most spectacular sunsets. May and June are still fresh and green and it’s not too hot in the city, so this is an ideal time to visit.
The heat of summer (September and October) is a deterrent to some travellers who prefer to avoid the city when it is very dry, however others flock to the area during summer. The winter season with its rainy days, is off-peak for the city, so this time of the year is likely to yield the cheapest deals.
Getting around in Brasilia is fairly simple, with options ranging from private rental cars, city buses, taking a taxi, or sharing a ride with friends, but touring on foot is not recommended. Roads have few traffic lights and crossings. Bus routes link with the Esplanada dos Ministérios, the airport and certain main avenues. Buses are boarded at the front door, not the back. The Metro subway does not offer access to most main attractions.