Thursday, January 24, 2008

Seeing the Capital

Now we have made it to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil that was designed and built as a new city in the early 1960's.  We flew in last night, after several excellent days exploring two major rivers that join to form the mighty Amazon: the Rio Negro and the Rio Salimoes.  Today we will head out to explore the Eixo Monumental, or monumental core of Brasilia, similar in concept to Washington, D.C.'s National Mall.  The architecture of this city is incredible - modern and unusual.  The students particularly liked the Cathedral - inside and out - but running around this enormous city for the day really wore them out!