Brasília and the West: Places to Explore

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Alto Paraíso de Goiás

This city is known throughout Brazil as a center of unexplained phenomena. The remoteness of the region—paved roads arrived about 25 years ago—gave birth to many stories about flying saucers and extraterrestrial beings. Many residents were attracted by the city's otherworldly vibe, especially in the run-up to the year 2000. Others came for the spectacular landscape. In sharp contrast to most of the central parts of the country, the area around Alto Paraíso is made up of oddly shaped hills. It's a fairly modern town, with none of the colonial-era buildings found elsewhere in the state.

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