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Its remarkable design a pinnacle of modernist architecture and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brasilia, Brazil’s official capital, was built in just four years and remains an appropriate, retro-futuristic vision of this emerging superpower. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Brasilia has to offer so you can take full advantage of visionary city. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific vacation needs.
Situated in the heart of the nation’s interior, Brasilia was conceived in the 1950's by architect Oscar Niemeyer, urban planner Lucio Costa and landscape architect Burle Marx and from the sky its space-age layout becomes apparent. The entire city is shaped like an airplane, with residential and commercial sectors comprising the wings, national museums and scenic lookouts in the cockpit and the cultural center of the city on its main axis. As the urban plan of Brasilia was highly based on individual motorized transportation, a car hire in Brasilia is not only essential to getting around, it enables you to fully take in the beautiful design of the city as it was intended.
The city plan means that getting around to see things is easier than many cities, most notably compared to its hectic sisters Rio and São Paulo. In the heart of the city center stands three Niemeyer-designed buildings that hold the three branches of Brazilian government around the Three Powers Square and make for fantastic viewing. One of the architect’s most recent works can be found further up, the National Museum, where you can find much international contemporary art. For a stunning sunset head to the Ermida Dom Bosco, a Niemeyer-designed shrine in the center.
The retro-futuristic design of the city makes it a haven for architecture enthusiasts with the Cathedral of Brasilia being a perfect example. It is made up of 16 concrete columns and finished with a transparent glass roof, this Roman Catholic Cathedral is a perfect reflection of this modernist city. Nearby is another modern church, the Dom Bosco Church, replete with concrete and a lot of blue stained glass. The Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial offers an insight into the life and accomplishments of the president and visionary who helped conceive the city of Brasilia. It is also an excellent place to capture a 1960's sci-fi architectural feel.
Though Brasilia doesn’t feature its own regional cuisine, it is strong on international fare, with South American, Italian, Japanese and Middle Eastern food particularly strong. Many quality establishments can be found in the residential wings of the city, easily accessible with a Brasilia car hire. Some areas are better for certain cuisines than others, so it can be best to look around, but many choices can be found with Brazilian, French and Mexican food.
Day trips from the capital are common, and encouraged as there is a distinct abundance of beautiful natural scenery in the vicinity. With a Brasilia car rental you can head south to the beautiful Goiás plateau, past the rolling hills of the planalto and into Cristalina, an attractive rustic town that was made famous by prospectors looking for quartz. Around three hours away is the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, an ancient plateau with beautiful flora and fauna and home to some truly stunning waterfalls. A must is the waterfall and park of the Salto de Itiquira, a beautiful three hour drive away with a spectacular 90-meter waterfall to be found at the end. Whatever you choose, HAPPYCAR is here to make sure that you get the most for your money. Book now and let your Brazilian vacation dreams become a reality.