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Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

by tiago.franco Online Now Aug 24, 2007 at 11:15 AM

I am Portuguese. I was thinking of taking advantage of the new direct flights between Lisbon and Brasilia, and spend 4-5 days there.

My plans are to rent a car and stay in a hotel in the city centre.
I intend to visit the major monuments, buildings, shopping malls, and the lake area.
I will be travelling with my kids (3 and 8 years) and my wife.

Everybody tells me I am mad, once noticed that I am foreign I will be robbed/kidnapped/etc... Is this true ? Or can I assume that if I take the normal precautions and stay in the city centre I will be safe ?

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  • Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by sveer Online Now Aug 24, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    I don´t know brasilia, but tourism in Brazil in general is not dangerous as long as you take the normal precausions.

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by hmoitta Online Now Aug 24, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    I think you won't have security problems in Brasilia, although you'll have to study very well the map to drive because in Brasilia everything looks the same.
    Brasilia has 2 hotel areas, north and south, each one with nearby shopping malls. If you have time my suggestion is to go to Caldas Novas-Pousada do Rio Quente a termal complex not too far from Brasilia, perfect for kids( I can't remember how far cause I was there a long time ago)

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by robine Online Now Aug 24, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Brasilia e segura, mas tenho que concordar com os conselhos da Bahiana - muito melhor visitar as cidades historicas e costais.

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by NedHopkins Online Now Aug 25, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    I agree with Bahiana77: Aside from the architecture -- which can be viewed in a day or less -- Brasilia is a boring city. Think about flying to Belo Horizonte and going on (by rented car or tourist bus/van) to Ouro Preto.

    Your chances of being "robbed/kidnapped/etc" in Brasilia, Belo, or Ouro are nil to minimal so long as you take normal precautions.

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  • Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by sartorial Online Now Sep 25, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    From someone who lives here: It is very safe, even during the night, if you use common sense. And yes, it's boring, but is also a must see. One or two days is enough to see all the monuments.

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by Alless Online Now Mar 1, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Hello !! No, you are not mad,Brasilia is a nice place to stay for few days.
    I just don't think you should rent a car, think better get a taxi...I suggest you to stay in a hotel called Bay Park it has a water park besides, not so big but is ok to stay with familly. Have fun !

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by cybergenic Online Now May 29, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Hello, why do you suggest to not rent a car?
    Would this not be more economical and safer?

    Thanks

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by robine Online Now Jun 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    I'm afraid that driving standards, road conditions and signage all make renting a car inadvisable. Taxis are safe, and aren't expensive.

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    Re: Tourism in Brasilia with kids (Am I mad ? )

    by Alless Online Now Jun 11, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    That is it, Robine

    With car you ( the driver ) will not check the points of city
    or maybe you can rent a car with the driver but i think is not a big deal and to kids Brasilia is a bit boring...
    If you rent a car i suggest you to get a car to go out of city and go to Goias Velho the old capital of Goias State, that is close Brasilia a few hours driving ( about 300 km ) it is a nice city with historical architecture ( colonial style ), worth a lot !

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