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Top Choice Square in Brasília

Praça dos Trés Poderes

This square is a focal point of the city design, a synthesis of the ideas of architects Niemeyer and Costa, combining various monuments, museums and federal buildings. The space includes striking sculptures, includi…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional da Chapada Dos Veadeiros

Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros

This spectacular national park in the highest area of the Central West showcases the unique landscape and flora of high-altitude cerrado across 650 sq km of pristine beauty. With high waterfalls, raging canyons, nat…
Top Choice Cultural in Pirenópolis

Festa do Divino Espírito Santo

Pirenópolis is famous for performing the story of Festa do Divino Espírito Santo, a tradition begun in 1818 and more popularly known as As Cavalhadas. Starting 50 days after Easter, for three days the town looks lik…
Top Choice Notable Building in Brasília

Congresso Nacional

Featuring photogenic roof ‘dishes’ and twin towers, the Congresso Nacional has one of the more interesting interiors in the city. In addition to the color-coded chambers of the Senate (blue) and House of Representat…
Top Choice Palace in Brasília

Palácio da Alvorada

The official presidential residence, the Palácio da Alvorada, is a Niemeyer building constructed in 1958. It was the first edifice in the city to be inaugurated, predating the inauguration of the city itself by two …
Top Choice Brazilian in Goiânia

Botequim Mercatto

They had a good idea here: take the traditional Brazilian bar-restaurant, focus on upmarket food, but keep quantities big and the chope (draft beer) abundant and cold. Must-tries include the pastel de feijoada (pie …
Top Choice Notable Building in Brasília

Palácio do Itamaraty

Palácio do Itamaraty is home to the Foreign Ministry and one of Brasília's most impressive buildings – a series of concrete arches towering over Burle Marx's reflecting pool and floating gardens. Outside, the Bruno …
Top Choice Palace in Brasília

Palácio do Planalto

The Palácio do Planalto, where Brazil's president works, is another Niemeyer design that's worth seeing inside and out. From the curved lines of the exterior to the lustrous columns and sweeping curved ramp inside, …
Top Choice Live Music in Brasília

Outro Calaf

The city's top dancefloor is everybody's favorite; the excellent live samba, pagode (popular samba), sertanejo and choro keep things pumping. Owner Venceslau Calaf has long been a driving force in the live music sce…
Top Choice Brazilian in Pirenópolis

Fazenda Babilônia

Dating from the late 18th century, this once-enormous sugar plantation has been restored and opens to visitors on weekends, when a magnificent brunch spread is laid out. Based on historic dishes of the region drawn …