The local cuisine in the state of Goiás is closely connected to Brazilian cultural aspects. Many of the local dishes, such as pamonha (a typical dish made from corn) and empadão (a savory pie that can be made with several fillings), are extremely popular and can be found all over the country. Local flavors will most certainly win you over, too!
Goiânia’s local cuisine has the important mission of keeping state traditions alive. Tourists have the opportunity to try remarkable dishes, such as pastel filled with guariroba (pastel is a fried thin-crust pie, while guariroba is the heart of a native palm tree) and rice with souari nuts (locally called pequi, a fruit native to the cerrado).
A lot of the local dishes are also highly connected to the history of the state, which suffered great influence from indigenous communities, as well as from African and Portuguese immigrants to the Brazilian Midwest region.
Pequi, a typical fruit of the cerrado
This cultural melting pot resulted in delicious dishes such as empadão and galinhada (a stew of rice with chicken and other ingredients), which are favorites among Brazilians. While visiting Goiânia, tourists will also have the opportunity to enjoy some local coffee with homemade cheese biscuits, or a slice of mané pelado, a kind of cake made with cassava, cheese, and coconut.
One of the most popular snacks in the region is the Pamonha, which goes with everything! It is a sweet corn mush wrapped in corn husks which can be mixed with several ingredients, such as cheese, sausages, shredded beef, and chilli peppers.
Whichever your favorite might be, these wonderful dishes are mandatory items in your trip to the capital city in Goiás. Goiânia’s rich local cuisine is an excellent way to complement your experience in this gorgeous destination! Make sure you add this fantastic city to your itinerary!
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The Airport of Goiânia operates domestic flights to and from most Brazilian capitals, including connections from international flights. The international airport closest to Goiânia is the one in Brasília.
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The Goiânia Bus Terminal is located in the central area of the city and operates intercity and interstate routes.
Personal Vehicles and Rentals
You can drive from Brasília to Goiânia. It is only a 210-km drive. On the way, however, there are two toll gates that accept cash only. Therefore, take some cash so you can pay the toll on the way there and on the way back.
Bus routes from most neighborhoods in the city will take you to the downtown area. Parks and shopping malls are very easy to get to. A good tip is to check the bus routes before using them.
Walking is a great way to visit the center of the city. Starting from the Civic Square, you can walk along Goiás, Araguaia, and Tocantins Avenues, and also visit the Moriche Palm forest (Bosque dos Buritis).
Personal Vehicles and Rentals
A good option to get around the city and also be able to visit nearby destinations in the state of Goiás is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
Taxis and ridesharing companies are a comfortable way to get around the city.
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
The rainy season lasts from October to March. During this period, the best option is to always take an umbrella with you wherever you go. The weather is normally hot during the day, but in the evenings the temperature might drop, especially between the months of May and July.