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Brasilia

Brasilia: 2 Day Itinerary

Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa created the modernist masterpiece that is Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Its arrangement, which evokes progress, is like that of an aircraft. The futuristic structures that highlight creative design and urban planning in the city are well-known; these include the National Congress and the Cathedral of Brasília. Cycling is the greatest approach to see all of the magnificent buildings, and that is what our two-day luxury program offers!

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Luxe Brasilia Absolute Musts

Concha Acústica do Exército - Brasília outdoor venue in for concerts with an iconic shell-shaped structure.

Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek- Huge urban park offering leisure, sports, and cultural activities.

Praça dos Três Poderes - vaIconic plaza symbolizing Brazil's governmental branches uniting the country.

Luxe Brasilia Itinerary & Map 

Navigate your way through Brasilia with our recommended itinerary and map. View Google Maps with color-coded areas in interactive mode and access our scheduled list of spots.

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Daily Plan Summary

Casa Polanco Hotel

Stay

Part 1

Visit

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha

Visit

Ginásio Nilson Nelson

Explore

Memorial JK

Visit 

Catedral Militar Rainha da Paz

Visit 

Concha Acústica do Exército

Explore

Praça dos Cristais

Part 2

Explore

Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek

Visit

Templo da Boa Vontade

Visit

Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima

Visit

Santuário São João Bosco

Concha Acústica do Exército
Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima

Part 3

Visit

Praça dos Três Poderes

Visit

Congresso Nacional

Visit

Catedral de Brasília

Explore

Museu Nacional

Visit

Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia

Explre 

Teatro Nacional

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Brasilia: Architectural Highlights Cycling Tour

Brasília's famous architecture may be explored in a unique and immersive way by bike, which combines flexibility, health benefits, and environmental friendliness with a close-knit relationship to the city's past. Bike excursions provide a more active and interesting experience than bus tours, which cover more land and provide guided insights but lack intimacy. They also enable a personalized, up-close exploration of architectural treasures. This method is for anyone who is looking for a personal, self-paced tour of the amazing metropolitan environment of Brasília. Our Luxe Brasilia cycling tour is in three parts that take between 3 - 4 hours each, allowing ample time for site visits and photography. Our recommended dining options for lunch and dinner are at the end of the itinerary. 

Tembici Bicycles
Tembici Street Bikes

Tembici is a simple street bike rental program in Brasília that provides easy access via a smartphone app with stations spread across the city. Riders can register, find a bike close by, use their membership card or the app to unlock it, and go. The city seemed very safe, but as in any big city, be cautious and you'll be fine. 

Brasilia: Where to base yourself

Meliá Brasil 21 Lobby
Lobby, Meliá Brasil 21

One of the better hotels in Brasília, Melia Brasil 21 has a prime central location that puts you in the middle of the architectural treasures in the city. The rooms are cosy and comfy even if they are old. Excellent service definitely improved our stay. Our choice of hotel is mainly based on its close proximity to the famous buildings.

Brasilia Cycle Tour: Part 1

When staying at Meliá Brasil 21, access the nearby bicycle dock at Setor Hoteleiro Sul. Open the Tembici app, purchase a plan, and generate your access code. Then, collect your bicycle and venture into the central Monumental Axis pedestrian area, equipped with dedicated bicycle paths. Take in stops at a variety of visually arresting installations and architecturally magnificent smaller buildings along the way.

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Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, which offers an unmatched start to the day, is where your cycling adventure begins. A monument to Brazil's love of football, this stadium has stunning modern design. It's the ideal first stop, beckoning you to take in the energy of Brazilian sports culture while marveling at its design.

Ginásio Nilson Nelson
Ginásio Nilson Nelson

The second site of the cycling trip, Ginásio Nilson Nelson, follows the Estádio Nacional and reveals a crucial component of Brasília's sporting and cultural landscape. Celebrated for its unique architecture and adaptable setting for everything from concerts to athletic events, this legendary arena showcases the city's vibrant leisure scene and architectural variety.

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Memorial JK

Memorial JK is the next stop and pays moving homage to Brasília's great founder, Juscelino Kubitschek. Through displays and personal mementos, this memorial captures his legacy and the history of the city. Its unusual architecture and tranquil surroundings provide bikers with a contemplative moment to consider Brasília's revolutionary past.

Catedral Militar Rainha da Paz
Catedral Militar Rainha da Paz

Traveling on, the Catedral Militar Rainha da Paz offers a calm resting place tucked away on the imposing axis of Brasília. The peaceful environment and simple architecture of this outdoor cathedral enthrall. It reflects the architectural variety and spiritual depth of Brasília and provides bikers a moment of reflection in the middle of the busy metropolis.

Concha Acústica do Exército
Concha Acústica do Exército

Your next stop should be the Concha Acústica do Exército, a famous outdoor location whose unique shell-shaped design improves the acoustics for live events. Offering a range of musical and artistic activities against a distinctive architectural backdrop, it is well located to allow guests to enjoy the cultural life of Brasília.

Praça dos Cristais
Praça dos Cristais

At Praça dos Cristais, the journey comes to a captivating end. Inspired by crystal formations, this beautiful square incorporates reflecting water features and geometric gardens among craggy surroundings. Burle Marx designed it, and it is a peaceful haven and the ideal place for contemplation and relaxation in Brasília.

Brasilia Cycle Tour: Part 2

Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek
Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek

Beginning a second cycling tour through Parque da Cidade Sarah Kubitschek shows cyclists the biggest green area in Brasília and provides a revitalising natural respite. This large park includes playgrounds, sports facilities, and lovely lakes along with well-kept bike routes. Being a thriving community center where both residents and tourists participate in outdoor activities, it's the ideal starting point to discover the natural beauty and leisure activities of the city.

NB: cycle inside the park until you get to Asa Sul, then follow the street signs within the Luxe Brasilia Google Map.

Templo da Boa Vontade
Templo da Boa Vontade

At the next stop, Templo da Boa Vontade, stands out as a symbol of inclusivity and spirituality in Brasília. Acclaimed for its arresting pyramid form, this temple is a special interfaith place that encourages harmony and peace. Its calm atmosphere, varied artwork, and energising spiral walkway all attract visitors, providing a deep moment of peace and contemplation in the middle of the vibrant pace of the city.

Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima
Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima

Ascending the tour, the Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima charms with its unique azulejo tiles by Athos Bulcão and its endearing history. Juscelino Kubitschek ordered this little church, which stands for harmony between faith and design, as Brasília's first religious building. Its little size and colorful facades provide a tranquil haven and a window into the cultural fabric of the city.

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Santuário São João Bosco

When the bike journey comes to an end at Santuário São João Bosco, its magnificent stained glass windows fill the inside with a kaleidoscope of light. Dedicated to the patron saint of Brasília, this sanctuary offers a peaceful area for contemplation and admiration and a perfect conclusion to the tour of the city's varied spiritual landscape. It combines architectural beauty with spiritual meaning.

Brasilia Cycle Tour: Part 3

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Praça dos Três Poderes

Starting the journey in Praça dos Três Poderes provides a window into the core of Brazilian politics and design. Oscar Niemeyer's famous buildings encircle this plaza, where the legislative, executive, and judiciary institutions meet. A striking beginning to any investigation of Brasília's rich cultural and architectural legacy, it's a symbolic location that embodies the principles of democracy and modernist design.

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Congresso Nacional

Congresso Nacional is the focal point of Brasília's political scene and an architectural wonder. Oscar Niemeyer designed it, and its two unusual towers—a bowl-shaped chamber of deputies and a domed senate—stand for the balance of Brazil's legislative authority. A must-see on every visit of the capital, this famous building provides a thorough look at the political architecture and democratic principles of the nation.

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Catedral de Brasília

Going on to the Catedral de Brasília, tourists come upon the masterwork of religious architecture by Oscar Niemeyer. This remarkable church produces an amazing play of light inside with its 16 concrete columns forming a crown-like structure and its glass canopy. As a representation of both architectural inventiveness and spiritual harmony, it provides a calm and magnificent place for contemplation and devotion right in the center of the city.

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Museu Nacional

The following stop, Museu Nacional, shows itself to be a significant cultural and architectural site. Oscar Niemeyer designed its dome-shaped building, which beckons investigation of Brazilian artistic expressions and historical relics. Not only a museum, but also a modernist design symbol, this monument provides a forum for learning, contemplation, and artistic appreciation within the thriving cultural landscape of Brasília.

Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia
Biblioteca Nacional de Brasilia

Stepping up to the Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília, this stop combines intellectual depth with elegant architecture. A further masterpiece of Niemeyer, the library is a lighthouse of information, with an extensive collection of Brazilian books and works. For lovers of both culture and architecture, its sleek, contemporary design beckons guests to explore the depths of Brazil's literary legacy.

Teatro Nacional
Teatro Nacional

A monument to the diverse cultural fabric of Brasília is the last stop, Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro. The performing arts are centered on this architectural wonder, which has distinctive pyramidal constructions and a complex facade. Inside, visitors discover a creative and expressive universe that presents the finest in Brazilian and worldwide theater, dance, and music, and serves as a suitable cap to a tour of the city's artistic and architectural treasures.

Brasilia Restaurants

Nau Frutos do Mar Lunch
Nau Frutos do Mar

Offering a wide range of fresh, premium seafood dishes influenced by Brazilian coastal cuisine, Nau Frutos do Mar is a gourmet paradise for seafood enthusiasts. This restaurant invites patrons to enjoy the tastes of the sea in an exquisite setting with a dedication to excellent service. Seated opposite, you will see the Ponte Juscelino Kubitschek that joins the two sides of the lake.

Being a trailblazer in Brasília, Taypa provides a real Peruvian cuisine experience. Its understated lighting, Peruvian décor, and rustic wooden details create the ideal setting for the colorful and inventive food to take center stage. Together with other Peruvian mainstays like tiradito and lomo saltado, the trademark ceviche—which is complemented with oyster sauce and coconut-infused leche de tigre—promises a delicious adventure. Don't miss the extensive pisco cocktail menu; the bartenders' favorite sampling trio is strongly recommended.

Italian traditional and modern food are combined in Vasto 108's menu. Reputable for its chic atmosphere and painstaking attention to detail, the restaurant takes great satisfaction in providing delicious food made with only the best ingredients. Vasto 108 stands out in the lively culinary scene of Brasília because it respects traditional tastes while focusing on innovation.

The lively Mané Mercado, next to the stadium, honors Brazil's vast culinary and cultural diversity. Serving as a center for nearby farmers, chefs, and artists, it provides a large selection of fresh vegetables, artisanal products, gourmet cuisine, and classic Brazilian fare. Visitors can peruse a wide range of stalls, take in live music, and take part in cooking classes in the vibrant ambiance of the market. Everyone wishing to sample the real tastes and crafts of Brazil should make time to visit this spot where community and culture collide.

Luxe Brasilia Extensions

Rio de Janeiro is home to the Museum of Tomorrow among other museums, stunning modernist and colonial buildings, high-end shopping in Ipanema, and amazing natural attractions in Tijuca National Park. This city provides a special urban and ecological experience by combining its natural beauty with cultural legacy.

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