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The Amazing Architecture of Brasilia in Brazil

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Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, is famous for its ground-breaking urban planning, daring architecture, and rapid population growth. Constructed in 1956 in the geographic center of the country, it is now home to over two million people. Brasilia's architecture, notable for its incredible symmetry and harmonious nature, garnered the city a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designation in 1987. Brasilia has an exciting futuristic feel, a striking contrast to the wild jungle that surrounds it.

Be warned that Brasilia was constructed during the car-crazy 50's, and therefore outside of its vast city parks is not very "pedestrian friendly." Exploring the city is best done in the company of an organized tour or private car hire.

Brasilia Activities and Tours:

Casas Brancas Pousada in Buzios, Brazil City Tour:
This full day tour visits all of the most interesting sights in Brasilia, including the JK Memorial, Metropolitan Cathedral, little Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Dom Bosco Sanctuary, Television and Radio Tower, President Medici's Sport Center, Buriti Square, the Military Sector, Ministries Esplanade, Square of Three Powers (the Congress, President's Palace, and the Supreme Court), Palace of the Dawn (President's official residence), the National Theater, and Embassy Row. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

Casas Brancas Pousada in Buzios, Brazil Cultural City Tour:
Visit to the city's main museums and cultural sights, including the Central Bank Museum, Federal Saving Bank Head Office, National Congress, Itamaraty Palace, and the University of Brasilia.

Casas Brancas Pousada in Buzios, Brazil Brasilia by Night Tour:
An evening tour visiting many of the city highlights, including the TV Tower Observatory where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city illuminated at night. The tour also visits the Gilberto Salomao Shopping Center with its lively restaurants and nightlife. Dinner at a local steak house (churrascaria) is included.

The religious and worship center of Valley of Dawn, Brazil Valley of Dawn:
Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of Dawn) is a unique healing community and religious order, located approximately 30 miles outside of Brasilia. With about 5,000 regular members this spiritual center draws a wide-range of visitors: an interesting mix of faith healers, mediums, and tourists.

The amazing stones of Crisitalina near Brasilia Cristalina:
This small town, located approximately 85 miles from Brasilia, got its name from the incredible richness of the minerals found in the area. Shops selling precious and semi-precious stones are located throughout the town. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. On the return trip we will visit Catetinho, the former residence of the ex-president and Brasilia's founder, Juscelino Kubitscheck (JK).

The pleasant views of falling water at Itiquira Falls, Brazil Itiquira Falls:
These beautiful falls, located 50 miles from Brasilia, cascade down over 500 feet, making them the second highest waterfalls in all of Brazil. Formed by the drop of the Itiquira River from the high central plateau into the deep Parana River valley, the falls also feature 36 mineral water springs, and crystal-clear pools perfect for swimming. Lunch buffet is included at a local restaurant.

Brasilia Recommended Lodgings:

The luxury Blue Tree Park hotel in Brasilia, Brazil Blue Tree Park:
Overlooking Paranoa Lake, Blue Tree Park Brasilia is a luxurious five star hotel only 10 minutes from downtown, and 15 minutes from the airport. This deluxe property features a large, free-form outdoor pool, fitness center and spa, water sports, and a gourmet restaurant. Innovative public spaces and distinctive guestrooms make this hotel a paradise for design enthusiasts.

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