Brasilia Tourism

Brasilia succeeded Rio de Janeiro as Brazil's capital in 1960, the reason for which it was built in less than three years. Located in the centre of Brazil, the city shines resplendent with extraordinarily ambitious plan with the works of Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer that caused a sensation with its avant-garde architecture and its innovative city planning ideals. Since Brasília was planned and constructed as a whole piece, it doesn't have the mix of commercial, residential, and government functions that happens when a city grows over time; instead these uses are strictly divided. Its well planned symmetrical structure has infact become one of the highlights here. The central area is in the form of a large cross with a curving north-south axis, Eixo Rodoviário, and a straight east-west axis, Eixo Monumental. Esplanada dos Ministérios is the central axis with the principal official buildings. Be prepared for plenty of walking, or join a tour to cover the distances between sights.

Today Brasilia is the epitome of modernism. The design was created through the urban principles established by the International Congresses for Modern Architecture, especially the one published in 1942 that proposed strict zoning laws that were function based. The city was viewed as one large entity and machine, and this is reflected in the interaction of the architecture with the city planning. 

Apart from its manmade architecture, the city also owns a rich choice of parks and nature reserves that make this city to be called as "green city". Indeed, here you can see unique natural attractions right at every step. The city will be truly loved by fans of ecological tourism. Tourists are recommended to male an excursion to the city’s zoo, which is home to hundreds of species of animals, including rare inhabitants of Amazon jungle.

Essential travel information and Brasilia tips for your visit

Essential Info

  • Time Zone: Brasilia follows UTC/GMT -2hours. No daylight saving time to observe right now.
  • Currency: Currency used in Brasilia is Brazilian real.
  • Electricity: The Brazilian plug type is usually two round thin prongs (C). Some outlets have capacity for both round and flat prongs, but not the flat (grounded) kind with one bigger than the other. Usually if you buy a kit of adaptor plugs, the one for Brazil is included.
  • Internet: A decent, reliable and fast broadband connection is accessible through the city of Brasilia. You will easily find Wi-Fi connection in all the hotels.
  • Language: The predominant language spoken in Brasilia is Portuguese.
  • Emergency numbers: Ambulance (3248-3030), 194 for all emergencies.

Tipping

  • The major part of restaurants and bars includes a non obligatory 10% service fee in the bill. It’s common to accept the inclusion of the 10%.
  • Brasilia is a safe city, but usual measures should be taken. At night, the area near the central bus station is not considered to be safe (prostitution and drugs). Avoid walking alone at night throughout the city.
  • Try to walk with company, avoiding deserted places or those with bad illumination. Be aware of people approaching to ask for information, especially during the night.
  • Going home (or to your hotel), do not park immediately. Watch the sides of the buildings and corners and only then stop the vehicle. Do not react to any kind of crime, as the criminals do not act alone.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Brasilia

  • Know the pollution level of Brasilia before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.9 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 40.54 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 40 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 44.87 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 14.38 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.08 (Low)
  • How safe is Brasilia for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Brasilia.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.46 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 67.86 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 72.25 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 81.55 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 62.39 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 72.1 (High)
    • Attacks 49.56 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 62.62 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 28.76 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.43 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.63 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 68.08 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Brasilia is 144.69 (High)

    • Safety Index 38.62 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.97 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 31.04 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.66 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.99 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.76 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.4 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 58.26 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Brasilia

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.33 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 66.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.15 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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