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Brasilia, Brazil - Futuristic Buildings A City Built In The Shape Of An Airplane

Brazil travel blog by a backpacker - February 2017   » View Photoset (30 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for nearly 10yrs!
I flew into Brasilia from Sao Paolo, this seemed extremely appropriate because Brasilia - the capital of Brazil is built in the shape of an
Brazil Photo - Another view of the Metropolitan Cathedral with a row of statues in front, Brasilia.
Another view of the Metropolitan Cathedral with a row of statues in front, Brasilia.
airplane and it's located well-inland from the coastal cities. It's a planned city built in 1960 and I had come to see the futuristic buildings! From the airport I took an Uber taxi to a hostel in the city center, but it's not really a city center, more like a large town center.

Rent a Bike

Brasilia is made for cars so the best way for a backpacker to get around is to rent a bike. The fuselage section of Brasilia's airplane shape is where most if not all of the futuristic buildings are located! I rented a bike from the area around the fuselage / wings intersection and thought I would ride to one end of the fuselage and cycle all the way along to the other end. It was extremely hot. Sun cream, hat and sunglasses are a must, as is a
Brazil Photo - A plaza and sculpture in Brasilia, around the area of the justice buildings.
A plaza and sculpture in Brasilia, around the area of the justice buildings.
bottle or 2 of cold water! My idea was to be creative with my photography and to try and do something a little different where ever possible. Brasilia has some dedicated bike lanes around and through the public areas and parks, but crossing the roads from one grassy section to another is not always easy. I started on the bicycle at around the sports stadium, this is not all the way down the fuselage section, but much of the way. From here I biked towards the TV tower (1967, 230 meters high), this part is the best area along the fuselage section, there's gardens, a lagoon and fountains and some shady areas to escape the sun. There are not many trees along the rest of this road!

Views from the TV Tower

The views from the TV tower give you sight of
Brazil Photo - Exploring the shapes and angles of buildings in an area in central Brasilia.
Exploring the shapes and angles of buildings in an area in central Brasilia.
the government buildings further down the hill and also a larger open view of the city. In the far distance on the right are the white dome and star shaped buildings, these are indeed the National Museum and Metropolitan Cathedral respectively. They look quite space-age from close-up, like the government buildings look like a space station. Again it was horrendous trying to cross the busy road that separates them.

Why a Future Designed for Cars?

The government buildings
Brazil Photo - Not the new space center in Brasilia, actually the National Museum, a huge white dome!
Not the new space center in Brasilia, actually the National Museum, a huge white dome!
and the TV tower are separated by the bus terminal. I found getting from one side to the other extremely difficult and dangerous! Surely Brasilia didn't envisage the future with only cars? I guess they did because now I decided to do something really crazy - to keep riding down the hill until I got to the bridge that I had seen in photos of the city beforehand. I really shouldn't have done that! I had to cross some very busy roads and ride a long way. All for a bridge! In the end I gave up and called an Uber to come take me back up the hill! Take my advice, if you want to see the bridge, take a taxi during the evening light!

Where is the Heart?

Brasilia has government palaces, 6 museums, several cultural centers, various monuments and much more along those lines. Where the true heart of the city and its people are, I didn't quite find. But I did enjoy much of the bike ride and exploration.

Flight to Salvador

I flew out of Brasilia (as you do) north-east to Salvador, this is where the overland part of my trip would begin, carnival was around the corner!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Brasilia (Brazil) to:


Map location: Brasilia, Brazil. The capital of Brazil, a city built with the future in mind, with its futuristic buildings and open spaces. Built in 1960 in the shape of an airplane!
 A : Belo Horizonte - Brazil 626 kms 626 kms straight distance
 B : Ouro Preto - Brazil 708 kms 708 kms straight distance
 C : Pantanal (Wildlife Forest & Grasslands) - Brazil 883 kms 883 kms straight distance
 D : Sao Paulo - Brazil 893 kms 893 kms straight distance
 E : Campo Grande to Foz - Brazil 1013 kms 1013 kms straight distance
 F : Rio de Janeiro - Brazil 920 kms 920 kms straight distance
 G : Salvador da Bahia - Brazil 1072 kms 1072 kms straight distance
 H : Corumba - Brazil 1083 kms 1083 kms straight distance
 I : Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil 1283 kms 1283 kms straight distance
 J : Iguazu Falls - Argentina 1292 kms 1292 kms straight distance
 K : Ciudad del Este - Paraguay 1292 kms 1292 kms straight distance
 L : Concepcion - Paraguay 1303 kms 1303 kms straight distance
 M : Florianopolis - Brazil 1323 kms 1323 kms straight distance
 N : Ciudad del Este to Ybycui - Paraguay 1363 kms 1363 kms straight distance
 O : Santa Cruz to Quijarro on the Death Train - Bolivia 1370 kms 1370 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Brasilia, Brazil:

Hostel 7, Brasilia, Brazil - Large Photo
Hostel 7, Brasilia, Brazil (February 2017 - 1 night) - $55 Reals for the only dorm I slept in on this trip. Good hostel with a good atmosphere and friendly owner and staff. Nice kitchen and lounge areas also with breakfast included. Located in a handy part of the city, not too far from anything! Recommended.

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