Brasília, DF

Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, was inaugurated on April 21st, 1960, and is located in the mid-west region of the country. It has a population of about 2,557,000.

The city was conceived in 1956 with Lúcio Costa as the main urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the main architect. In 1960, it formally became Brazil’s national capital. When seen from above, the ‘plano piloto’ (pilot plan) portion of the city resembles an airplane. People from the city of Brasília are known as brasilienses or candangos.

July’s temperature varies from 52 to 77°F. The dry season usually lasts from late March to September-October. Humidity averages about 50% during the dry season, but often falls below 15% around noon. Visitors should always keep this in mind and drink lots of water.

Brasília hosts the U.S. Embassy in Brazil. The US Youth Ambassadors will enjoy this city and its very modern architecture. Some of the places you can’t miss while in Brasília are the Dom Bosco Church, the National Cathedral, the National Congress and the JK bridge.

Who’s going to Brasília:

The whole group will go to Brasília, where it will be welcomed at the U.S. Embassy, take part in an orientation session, visit the Brazilian capital and, divided in four subgroups, travel to each host state — Pará, Bahia, and Paraná — for a home stay experience.

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