Brasilia and Goias

Goias, a central Brazilian state of 5.6 million people is perhaps the most overlooked region with regard to tourism. Covered by sweeping cerrado, grassland that also includes some forested regions, it is home to the spectacular Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, and is famed for its lush valleys and picturesque colonial towns.
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Church in PerenopolisBrasilia, the planned capital of Brazil, since 1960, is located in a special federal district within the state of Goias.

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Goias and Pirenopolis
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Goias is a prosperous state, with a heavy agribusiness presence. Unfortunately, Goias characterizes the perpetual struggle in Brazil between economic development and environmental conservation. While enormous soy plantations destroyed great swathes of the cerrado biosphere, soy has lost steam as of late as an over-supply drove down prices and banks began to pull back on agricultural loans. Today Brazil's world famous biodiesel and ethanol industries constitute the base of the economy.

While Goias' capital is the planned city of Goiania, visitors typically find Cidage de Goias and Pirenopolis to be more interesting. Cidage de Goias boasts fabulous 18th century architecture and a smattering of interesting museums, including the Museu das Bandeiras. Tourism swells here during Semana Santa. However, the crown jewel of the state is arguably Pirenopolis, with an interesting blend of art deco and Portuguese influences. Set on the banks of the Rio das Almas, in bright red earth, this tiny city of 20,000 people has developed an eclectic New Age, artistic, and hippy community, and boasts numerous beautiful waterfalls to boot.

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Brasilia
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Brasilia is a testament to architecture, urban planning, and political will. In 1956 President Juscelino Kutitschek was elected on the promise of moving the capital from Rio de Janeiro to the interior. With the help of urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer, the audacious plan was completed in four years. The city is famed for its futuristic design, layout and architecture. You'll want to head to the Santuario Dom Bosco, the Templo da Boa Vontade, and the impressive TV Tower.Brasilia's TV Tower

Brasilia is prosperous, vibrant, well-organized, and above all, a refuge of technocrats and bureaucrats. While it should certainly be on every tourist's agenda, it is not likely to be a place where you'll want to spend anything more than a few days. Also, keep in mind that Brasilia was really designed to be experienced with an automobile. Set in a Distrito Federal within the confines of Goias, it occupies a beautiful stretch of the Planalto, with wide open cerrado and sky, set amidst the spectacular artificial lake Paranoa. An added bonus is that Brasilia has some of the finest restaurants and nightlife in the country.

 

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