Brasília's profusion of modern buildings means that it is one of the country's better places for accessibility.
The website www.turismoacessivel.gov.br has user accessibility reviews in various categories for hundreds of locations in the city.
Dangers & Annoyances
- Brasília is much safer than Brazil's large coastal cities, but it's still wise to not walk far at night.
- Crossing the central Eixo Monumental at night is a particularly bad idea.
- Be wary of pickpockets at the crowded local bus station.
Embassies & Consulates
Brasília has a large chunk of real estate devoted to embassies and consulates, most located between Quadras 801 and 810 in the Setor de Embaixadas Sul (Embassy Sector South).
Emergency & Important Numbers
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All accommodations and most restaurants and bars have free wi-fi access for customers.
Buying a local SIM card and signing up for data is the easiest way to get online.
Brasília is one of the most LGBT+-friendly cities in Brazil, though public affection is still a rare sight. There's quite an active nightlife scene: check out www.guiagaybrasilia.com.br or www.visitay.com for listings. Victoria Haus is a key focal point.
There are banks with moneychanging facilities in the Setor Bancário Sul (SBS; Banking Sector South) and Setor Bancário Norte (SBN; Banking Sector North). Both sectors are close to the city bus station. All the major malls, bus stations and the airport have a variety of ATMs, most with Cirrus/MasterCard/Visa networking, but you should avoid using free-standing machines due to rampant card-cloning in Brazil.
Banks 11am–4pm Monday to Friday
Restaurants noon–3pm & 7:30–11pm
Shops 9am–6pm or later
Correios There are numerous other branches around town.
Travel with Children
Brasília is child-friendly as far as facilities go, but it's not easy to navigate with small children. Gazing at modern architecture might not be up most kids' streets either.
Brasília's major shopping centers are havens for frazzled parents, with all-hours food courts, play areas, change facilities and sometimes even entertainment laid on for children.
The Na Praia complex, open winter only, has play areas and a dedicated children's beach.