Goiânia is the capital of Goiás, a state that is right at the center of Brazil. Goiânia is the gateway to tourist attractions like Caldas Novas, Araguaia river, Pirenópolis and Cidade de Goiás.
It has one of the biggest architectural collections of art deco in the Country. It is worth it to go on a stroll through the bustling city center and make a stop at Praça Cívica, where you may visit the Zoroastro Artiaga Museum and the Museum of Image and Sound of Goiás, in addition to the Monumento às 3 Raças, which is the symbol of the city.
Two other cultural spaces stand out. The first one is Memorial do Cerrado, a scientific complex with ancient villages, indigenous villages and scenographic quilombos, Natural History Museum and ecological hiking trails. The second is the Oscar Niemeyer Cultural Center which houses the Museum of Contemporary Art of Goiás and has room for events and is also a living space for the young audience.
The local cuisine is very rich. Items such as pamonha, galinha caipira com arroz (free-range chicken with rice), empadão (deep filled pie) and the unique pequi fruit must be part of your gastronomic experience. You can also visit the ice cream shops that specialize in fruits of the Cerrado. Known as the Brazilian savanna, the Cerrado is the second largest biome of Brazil and is very rich in biodiversity.
Nightlife is quite hectic, especially due to the Brazilian country music, or “sertanejo”, a rhythm born in the State of Goiás. The capital of Goiás also has one of the largest independent rock scenes in the country and plays host to many large festivals.
Urban parks such as Flamboyant, Vaca Brava and Areião are like an urban oasis for residents and visitors, and also offer a chance to connect with nature, neighbors and to play sports.
Having an excellent quality of life, the biggest highlight of Goiânia is surely the people. People from Goiânia are warm and friendly, which makes any tourist feel truly at home.