By Ricardo Freire
Fifty years after its inauguration, Brasília remains true to the essence of Lúcio Costa’s project. Even with ten times the originally planned population, it thrives as an airy metropolis with lots of green and flowers – where the sky is an integral part of the landscape. The politicians scatter to their states on Fridays, but the Brasília natives know how to enjoy their city all seven days of the week. Great representatives of Brazilian pop culture have gotten their stats in its nightlife.
Paranoá Lake, built to add some moisture to the air in the region, became an important location for nautical sports, both wind and motor-powered. For those who stay a little longer, the surroundings provide pleasant surprises.
The modernist architecture and urbanism of the Pilot Plan are perfectly complemented by the colonial houses of Pirenópolis and the untouched natural beauty of the Chapada dos Veadeiros.