My hometown, Goiânia

Goiânia

 

 

Basic Information
DDD: 62
Inhabitants: 1,302,001
Fuse Time: – 3 GMT
Local Holidays:
Oct/24 – Anniversary of the city
May/24 – Day of ‘Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora’, patron saint of Goiânia.

I was born in Goiânia, a city of Goiás, a state in the middle western region of Brazil. As I do not live there since 5 years old, I cannot tell you in detail its history etc. Therefore, I decided to show you some pictures about it.

The capital of the state of Goiás, Goiânia is 200 km southwest of Brasília and 900 km from both Cuiabá and São Paulo. Planned by urbanist Armando de Godói and founded in 1933, it is a fairly pleasant place, with lots of open spaces laid out around circular streets in the center. There are three main zones — housing is in the south, administration is in the center, and industry and commerce are in the north. Goiânia’s economy is based on the commercialization of the region’s cattle.

Goiânia is a new city. It was planned and constructed less than a century ago, but grew quickly and is already the second most populated city in the Mid-West region, only behind Brasília. The parks are among the main entertainment options. Most of them is registered as city patrimony and have infrastructure to receive the public, with entertaining equipments, lunch area and, in some of them, space for camping. Notoriety to the ‘Zoológico’ (  Zoo  ), which offer paddle boats. There are also eight museums in the city.

Restaurants, bars and hotels are concentrated in noble districts, like ‘Setor Oeste’, ‘Bueno’ and ‘Marista’, but the night program of show houses is varied and attends well the population. There are also good bars in the city, always presenting live music. Maybe it’s the reason why Goiânia is considered the source of new singers, who, above everything, become known regionally, and artists.

 

Considered to be one of the seven best cities in terms of quality of life in Brazil, Goiânia is proud of delighting its inhabitants and visitors with:

  • woods like the Bosque of Buritis and Botafogo, Rosas Lake, the Botanic Garden and the Ecological Parks of Goiânia, Vaca Brava e Areião, are examples of urban development in partnership with nature and a true commitment to the well-being of the population;
  • refreshing lakes, luxurious vegetation and the sound of birds and animal in all these places, which can be appreciated quite closely by people, specially while going for a walk, as there are jogging tracks almost everywhere.

Nothwithstanding a well preserved and a most valuable nature, this is not the only attraction of this city founded by Pedro Ludovico in 1934 in a region of humid and mild climate, 749 meters above the sea level and average temperature of 21,9 ºC.

You can find many leisure options in Goiânia, several entertainment areas at shopping malls. Or if you prefer a walk you can visit the City Park. At the Zoo you will observe the beauty of the Lagoon of Roses. Museums, theaters are also good options.

 

Places to visit in Goiânia:

More info:
http://www.v-brazil.com/tourism/goias/goiania.html

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About Goiás

Despite being a Federal District, Brasília is located in Goiás, a state in the middle western region of Brazil.

Goiás


 

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:

More info:
http://www.brazil.org.za/goias.html#.UiQMY7x543N
http://www.brazzil.com/pages/traoct99.htm
http://www.brazil-ecotravel.com/publique/cgi/cgilua.exe/sys/start.htm?infoid=711&sid=5