Parque Nacional de Brasília
Nature & Parks
Established in 1961, Parque Nacional de Brasília is one of the biggest parks in Brasilia, but most of it is off limits for the general public. The main entrance is close to the industrial zone in Asa Norte.
This park offers hiking and walking trails as well as mountain bike trails. It is most famous for its two natural-spring swimming pools. One is man-made and is huge, the other one is a natural one which is not as big, but very popular, especially during the hot season.
In the park there is also the Santa Maria Dam, supplying about 30% of fresh water to Brasilia.
You can access the park with a car or bicycle and the entrance fee is $28 reais for foreigners that do not reside in Brazil (proof of residence is required). Foreigners residing in Brazil and Brazilians have to pay $14 reais.
If you visit the natural swimming spot you will see many monkeys in the trees and surroundings. While you think they are cute, they can be a real pest as they are thieving little creatures. So watch your belongings and never leave them alone. There must be countless bags, including mobile phones and car keys, spread over a wide area or in trees.