Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. ... More
Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves should be in harmony with the city's overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.
Stated to be a city for cars and air-conditioners, it doesn't even cater to them very well. The roads are dangerously bad and and the air-conditioners (where they exist) are electical nightmares just waiting to kill the next passer-by.
The best places in this area are not in the city at all. There are a few "eco-resorts" that have day packages to swim in waterfalls, and go hiking in the cerado.
A motorist's nightmare:
The failure of the "planned" city is evident at every intersecion, on/off ramp and round-a-bout (traffic circle) where cars cross two and three lanes of traffic to make their turns. A five lane major road ends abruptly into a make shift two lane ramp with no more indication than the re-painting of traffic lanes, with no effort made to remove the old ones - a common occurance, found throughout and around the city.
Public transit is somewhat chaotic and dirty, typical of developing countried but it does provide a much needed service to the rural areas outside of town.
Pedestrians or bicycles were definitely not in plan when this city was conceived. If you are on foot there are not many areas where you can leisurely stroll and take in the sights. This city is too spread out. If you have difficulties with mobility, forget it. There is not a level sidewalk anywhere that you could get around on in a wheelchair.
To end a on positive note. The service in resaurants and shops seems to be on par with the rest of Brazil, which I find to be quite good in general.
Folk art is one of Brazil's strongest traditions, and there is no better place in the city to appreciate it
than this unique museum located in the Catete area. Here you will find art from all over the country: ...
High rise Hotel located near commercial center. Amenities:Air Conditioning (In Room). Refrigerator. Telephone. Television (Cable/Satellite). Non Smoking Rooms. Television. DVD/VCR.
Daily Maid Service. Balcony/Terrace. Mini Bar. Hotel Details:200 Rooms / 12 Floors. Built in 1984. Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service. ...
Pao de Acucar or Sugar Loaf Mountain is one of Rio's most famous landmarks. It is the best place to
gain a dramatic perspective on how mountains and sea confront each other to create the natural beauty of the ...