Brasília
Brazil
By Shaina Amienyi

Brasília, one of the host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is the capital of Brazil. The city is in the center of the country and attracts vacationers from around the country and world with its landscapes, architecture, attractions, and events.

Named after the city’s first president and located 12 km from downtown, Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport (BSB), provides convenient access into the city. Click on the link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to visit WhatsCheaper.com and book your flight to Brasília. Brasília’s hotel sector, divided into Hotel Sector North and Hotel Sector South, offers everything from affordable to upscale hotels. Visit the link (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to the hotel section of WhatsCheaper.com for our selection of top hotels.

We at WhatsCheaper.com recommend making downtown your first stop. There you will find the buildings for the various government ministries. At the end of Ministries Plateau lies Three Powers Square, a concentration of some of the city’s most important buildings—all designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. The Planalto Palace, headquarters of the executive branch, National Congress, Supreme Federal Tribunal, and Palace of Justice are all located in Three Powers Square. WhatsCheaper.com suggests visiting this area, with its amazing architecture, and then going below to the Lúcio Costa Space, which features a miniature plan of the city. Vacationers can see how the city’s design, which looks like an airplane, was carefully laid out. Not too far from Ministries Plateau is the headquarters for Caixa Econômica Federal. Vacationers can walk around the first floor of the bank, which features large stained glass windows depicting scenes representing each of the twenty-six states in Brazil.

Next, WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting the area called the Monumental Axle. There you will find the Television Tower, a 224 meter tall building designed by Lúcio Costa. It has a platform where vacationers can watch the sunset or see the city from 75 meters high. It also houses the National Museum of Gems, which showcases Brazilian crystals and gems. On weekends and holidays, a trip to the TV Tower also can include a trip to the city’s largest craft fair. Vacationers will surely find gifts and souvenirs to commemorate their trips to Brasília.

If you are looking for shopping malls instead of craft markets, Brasília can definitely accommodation you. The city has almost a dozen shopping centers for vacationers to choose from. Conjunto Nacional is the largest and offers designer brands at competitive prices. WhatsCheaper.com suggests visiting this and several of the other shopping centers, including Park Shopping, Brasília Shopping, and Gilberto Salomão. Pier 21 is another shopping area but also contains restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Vacationers can also find bars and nightclubs in the city’s residential districts.

Brasília is popular for hang gliding sports and has hosted the Hang Gliding World Championship. For water sports, WhatsCheaper.com suggests Lake Paranoá, where you can wind surf, take a boat ride around the lake, or enjoy food and drink while taking in the beautiful scenery. Vacationers should also check out Bay Park, the water park on the shores of the lake. It has a water toboggan, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, sliding boards, and more, including a restaurant and bar. The waters of the lake can also be used for fishing, sailing, and wind surfing to name a few, making it an ideal place to spend a warm, sunny day.

If you want to experience more of the area’s natural beauty, take a bus trip to Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Along the way, you can see the cerrado landscape found in certain areas of Brazil. It looks like savannahs found in Africa, with short trees with twisted roots. With the help of a guide, tour the area’s attractions including hot springs within the Red River Farm and Moon Valley, filled with rock formations that look like craters of the moon. WhatsCheaper.com guarantees vacationers that a visit to Chapada dos Veadeiros is worth the trip.

Brasília, the capital city of Brazil, is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a wealth of attractions, entertainment opportunities, and shopping destinations to keep vacationers busy and wanting to return for more of what the city has to offer. Booking your vacation to Brasília is as easy as clicking on the above link to WhatsCheaper.com.

MUST SEE IN Brasília LIST:

  • 1. Cathedral Metropolitana
  • 2. Itamaraty Palace
  • 3. Congresso Nacional
  • 4. Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial
  • 5. Brasília National Park
  • 6. TV Tower
  • 7. JK Bridge
  • 8. National Theatre
  • 9. National Library
  • 10. Botanic Gardens

Brasília EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Brasília International Independent Music Fair - May
  • 2. Festival de Brasília - September/October

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Mercure Brasilia Lider Hotel
Shn Quadra 5 Bloco I | Asa Norte, Brasilia, Federal District 70710-300, Brazil
By Chris Flagler

Welcome to Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil! It is a city full of hotels and although they all have their selling points, the Mercure Brasilia Lider Hotel is a fantastic all around option. The hotel itself is a reasonably short distance from the airport; a fifteen minute cab ride should be expected. As we are in Brazil, the lingua franca is Portuguese. A language barrier is understandably evident, however Brasilia is a very international city and English can be used for check in at the Mercure Brasilia Lider. This may entail slight delays with your check in experience; however the staff is courteous and willing to help.

There are several options as far as your room accommodations are concerned. Guests can choose from several options depending on their needs and budget. ‘Classic’ rooms are available with either a queen bed or two twin beds. There is also a ‘Standard’ room with a Queen Size bed, a ‘Superior’ room with twin beds and a choice of either a ‘Junior’ or ‘Superior’ Suite. The main difference between the room options is square footage, with the smallest ‘Standard’ measuring 280 square feet, and the ‘Superior’ Suite coming in at 420 square feet. All rooms include standard amenities such as: Wi-Fi, cable TV, air conditioning, mini-bar, balcony, digital safe and hair drier. Larger rooms also include microwaves and a decently equipped kitchen. It should be mentioned that the internet is free, however if faster service is required it is subject to a fee.

The Mercure Brasilia Lider Hotel is in a fairly central part of the city. It is within walking distance of the Parque da Cidade, a large city park. The hotel is also very close to a shopping mall ripe with dining and shopping options. For those interested in the World Cup, construction for the International Stadium is underway just down the road.
In the hotel itself there is a swimming pool with bar staff, a meeting room and even a small restaurant.

The Mercure Brasilia Lider Hotel is consistently ranked as a top option for accommodations in Brasilia. Whether you are travelling on business or pleasure the courteous staff will work to accommodate your needs. You can even expect a complimentary breakfast on your way out! Should your travels take you to this neck of the woods, consider the Mercure Brasilia Lider (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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