Despite being a Federal District, Brasília is located in Goiás, a state in the middle western region of Brazil.
The most central of the Brazilian States and the most populous of the region, Goiás presents a landscape of plateaus and chapadões:
- in the height of the draught, from June to September, the lack of rain makes the level of the River Araguaia go down and brigs up almost 2 Km of beaches, making it the main attraction of the State;
- at the Emas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the municipality of Chapadão do Céu, it is possible to observe the typical fauna and the flora from the region;
- at the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park the attractions are the Canyons, valleys, rapids and waterfalls;
- the historical city of Goiás ( or Old Goiás ) at 132 km from Goiânia, established in the beginning of XVIII Century;
- Caldas Novas, with its hot water wells attracting more than one million tourists per year;
- The city of Pirenópolis, well-known for its waterfalls, colonial architecture and also as the Rio das Almas’ City (River of Souls) – a mystical city, which is today home to various esoteric communities. It was founded in 1727 from a settlement in the Serra dos Pireneus, which expanded with the arrival of the first colonizers who came for the gold easily found in the Rio das Almas. In 1988, Pirenópolis was granted National Historical Heritage status and until today it maintains its 18th Century homes, churches and museums, all nesteled along its quartzite stone streets.
Places to visit in Goiás: