Brasília, Brazil

Brasília, a city conceived just over six decades ago, embodies its beauty through meticulous attention to detail, innovative designs, and a vibrant palette of colors. Serving as the third capital city of Brazil, it succeeded Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in succession, officially inaugurated in 1960 under the leadership of President Juscelino Kubitschek. This audacious project symbolizes the pinnacle of urban planning and modern architecture in the 20th century. The endeavor aimed to centralize the country's population and safeguard the capital from potential foreign naval threats along the coast.


Governo do Distrito Federal/Bento Viana

With a population exceeding three million, Brasília's core design, known as the Pilot Plan (Plano Piloto), was conceptualized by urban planner Lúcio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer. Resembling the shape of an airplane, this design has earned a place on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List, making it the world's largest World Heritage-listed urban area.

The heart of the city, the Pilot Plan, is defined by the intersection of two grand boulevards known as the Monumental Axis and the Road Axis. The Monumental Axis is home to numerous iconic landmarks, including the Three Powers Square, Planalto Palace, National Congress, Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasília, and the TV Tower. Meanwhile, the Road Axis, divided into North and South "wings," comprises residential blocks that adhere to the predetermined characteristics outlined in the Lucio Costa project. Residential buildings, for instance, stand gracefully on columns, their stilts opening up to expansive green areas.

Within the city, the Dona Sarah Kubitschek City Park, often referred to simply as City Park, serves as one of the capital's premier outdoor leisure destinations. Encompassing a vast 420 hectares, it ranks among the world's largest urban parks, boasting sports courts, an amusement park, an artificial lake, barbecue facilities, an equestrian center, walking trails, and cycling lanes. Along the picturesque shores of Lake Paranoá, you'll find excellent restaurants and bars, attracting water sports enthusiasts on weekends. Activities like Stand-Up Paddling, canoeing, and kitesurfing are particularly popular here.

Brasília stands as a testament to the possibilities of a meticulously planned city, where its architectural uniqueness leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.