Goiânia is the capital of the Brazilian state of Goiás. It's a carefully planned city only founded in 1933 when Art Deco style was in fashion. Goiânia is therefore mainly known for the large number of buildings in this linear and simple style.
With its population of 1.3 million, Goiânia is the second-largest city in the Planalto Central region.
Goiânia is located in the Planalto Central region, as indicated by the name in the center of Brazil. The largest city in this region is the Brazilian capital Brasília, northeast of Goiânia. The city has a tropical climate with a dry season from May until September and a rainy season from October until April.
Although the economy is more diverse nowadays, the basis still consists of trade of agricultural produce from the surrounding areas and agricultural suppliers (machinery, fertilizer and other agricultural requirements). Being the capital of the state of Goiás, the government is also an important employer. In recent years, telecommunication companies have also settled in Goiânia.
Goiânia Airport is called Santa Genoveva Airport. It's situated 8 kilometers northeast of the city center and is easily reachable by rental car via freeway BR060 running east of the center.
Public bus transport in Goiânia is exploited by several companies who are all supervised by the city. There's also the so-called CityBus, more luxurious minibuses mainly for wealthier residents (and tourists). Buses leave from the bus station at the Praça do Trabalhador (Worker's Square) to several other destinations within Brazil.
Goiânia is a busy city and you may have to get used to the traffic and driving style of the Brazilians. There are some parking garages and lots around the city center. Most hotels also offer parking facilities and there are large parking lots near supermarkets and shopping centers in Goiânia.
Goiânia has an extensive choice of accommodations for every budget ranging from basic guesthouses for backpackers to luxurious business hotels. Dry season (from May until September) is the busiest time in town.
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