What secrets does Brasilia hold?
Although it is very different from all other cities in the country, Brasilia is well worth a visit, as it offers many historical and natural attractions and a beautiful, significant architectural heritage.
A unique and highly photogenic destination, designed by renowned architect and urban planner Oscar Niemeyer. Originally a desert plateau, the federal district - as it is also known - was the first modern city in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, back in 1987.
What to do and where to go in Brasilia.
The best things Brazilian cuisine can offer
Although Brazil is a very diverse country, in which every region has its own specificities and dishes, this does not apply to Brasilia - at least not when it comes to food. This young city absorbed all the best culinary traits of the country and therefore offers a mosaic of traditions and flavors.
The most classic of all dishes is Brazilian barbecue, which consists of bovine rib, sausage, chicken, chicken heart, and 'picanha' - and, of course, 'farofa' as a side dish.
Other popular delicacies include dishes from Minas Gerais, such as rice with 'pequi' (a typical fruit) and cheese bread, which is a staple in the capital.
For those who enjoy meat dishes with strong flavors, the goat 'buchada' is the perfect option. As for fish, 'tilapia' - one of the few fish dishes Brazilians can call their own - is prepared and cooked in various ways.
Some of the most famous sweets include fruits such as 'cagaita', 'baru' and, again, 'pequi', many of which are used in the famous 'picolés' (ice pops). Those who think that cassava cannot produce sweet dishes should definitely try a delicious cake called 'mané pelado'.
Exploring the surroundings
Situated about 45 km from the center of Brasilia, in the region of Brazlândia, Poço Azul is a kind of natural swimming pool resulting from the confluence of two waterfalls - the perfect getaway for swimming enthusiasts.
Another site worth visiting is Catetinho, the place that housed President Jescelino Kubitschek's first official residence when the city was being built.
For an adrenaline shot, venture into the city of Formosa, Goiás, where you will find caves, waterfalls, free falls, and trails.