Brasilia; a planned city is the federal capital of Brazil, famous for being chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to it being a masterpiece of modernist architecture. Tourists from all around the world come to Brasilia to see this modern city and its world renowned architectural sites. In addition to the city being famous for its unique architecture, Brasilia also has quite a few other attractions including museums, art galleries and even ones that are on the natural side. Even though Brazil has a sizeable Muslim population, Muslims visitors will find it difficult to locate Muslim-friendly facilities, including mosques and Halal Restaurants in Brasilia.
The cosmopolitan city of Brasilia has a lot to offer tourists. The best way to see the city is to take a bus tour. This Brasilia city tour goes by the many attractions in the city including historic sites and museums, lakes, art galleries, prominent buildings, architectural landmarks, parks and more. Since Brasilia is not a city meant for walking, a bus tour is the next best option. For those looking for the quickest way to see Brasilia from up-high, the city also offers helicopter tours. A tour usually lasts for approximately 10 minutes and it is the ideal way to see Brasilia’s renowned giant bird or airplane like shape.
Most tourists visiting Brasilia are aware of its popular modern architecture, however what they do not know is that the region around Brasilia is quite rich in natural resources and thrives from ecotourism. Those interested can go trekking and will come across waterfalls, caves, valleys, wells, rivers, lagoons and so much more. A must-visit when in the city is the Parque da Cidade, which is said to be the largest urban park in the world. It is the ideal place to spend some quality family time. Another must-visit is the National Park of Brasilia, which is located approximately 10 kilometres from Brasilia’s city centre. This national park is said to be the largest park in the world which is situated in an urbanized area. Apart from being home to several springs and caves, and a variety of Brasilia’s fauna and flora, the park has a main attraction: two healing mineral water swimming pools. There are also several nature trails that visitors can follow for a bit of exercise and exploration. Chapada Imperial Natural Reserve is another ecological reserve that tourists could visit for guided tours.
For those looking to get active, the city does in fact offer a wide range of fun outdoor activities, including; kayaking, wakeboarding, skating, paddle boarding, cycling, swimming and hang gliding. Brasilia is also known for being involved in basketball, football and motor sporting events. Visitors looking to get in a bit of shopping will not be disappointed. Brasilia has several large shopping malls as well as smaller boutiques and shopping streets that will keep visitors coming back for more.
The closest airport to Brasilia is Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport or simply Brasília International Airport, which is located approximately 11 kilometres from downtown Brasilia. The airport has both, domestic and international flights and based on aircraft and passengers movements, it is the third busiest airport in Brazil. It is easily accessible and there are several companies that provide transportation to the Brasilia International Airport.
One known Halal restaurant in Brasilia is Hassan Sabores Árabes, which is a Lebanese restaurant said to be owned by Muslims. Muslim tourists will not be able to freely find Halal food in Brasilia; therefore they are advised to dine on vegetarian dishes at local non-Halal restaurants after ensuring the dishes do not consist of any non-Halal items. Muslim visitors must also be aware that most restaurants in Brasilia do serve alcohol. Inquiries regarding Halal food could be made at the local mosque.
Brazil does have a number of Muslim immigrants and reverts as well as exchange students that come in from all around the world. With the increase in Muslim tourists, the country has been improving on Muslim-friendly facilities. The Mosque of Brasilia serves the city’s Muslim community as well as tourists. Other prayer facilities are hard to come by so Muslim tourists are advised to perform their prayers in their hotel rooms whenever possible.