Friday, February 21, 2014

Brazil: A tourist’s Guide to the Host Nation

With the World Cup Finals just around the corner, football fans from all over the globe are making last minute travel plans for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Latin America. Whether you were lucky enough to bag tickets for a match and watch your team advance from the group or not, the carnival atmosphere that’s there for the soaking up in Brazil will be electrifying, making this summer a better time than ever to visit this fast-growing nation. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning to make the trip to the home of the World Cup Finals 2014:

When and where? 

The World Cup Finals in Brazil will take place over a month long period, from June 12 – July 13. Matches will be taking place throughout the enormous South American country, in locations including Sao Paola, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Manaus and Port Alegre.

England’s campaign kicks off with a tough opener against Italy on June 14th, taking place in Manaus. The Three Lions face Uruguay in Sao Paolo on June 19th, before taking on Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on June 24th. Bars in each of these locations (and indeed throughout the country) will be screening these matches live. If you’re hell-bent on catching any particular game, it’s always best to check with local businesses that the game in questioned is definitely being screened in the area, but with the whole country sure to be going football mad for the month, this should not prove to be a problem.

What else is there to see? 

Brazil is a wonderful, culturally rich destination offering everything from party times and beach bodies in Rio to endangered species and rainforest trekking in its Amazonian heartland. If you’re into colourful city life, Rio and Sao Paolo offer particularly striking experiences, with great shopping and fantastic nightlife (the evolution of salsa music to incorporate DJing skills that were perfected up in North America has created a clubbing experience the likes of which you simply won’t find in dear old Blighty!) If that doesn’t sound like your cup of team, why not lose yourself in the jungle (with an experienced guide!) between matches? For more on things to see in Brazil, click here.

A chance to see a home win

As anyone who was alive in Britain when England won the World Cup final at Wembley in 1966, there’s nothing quite like the atmosphere that’s created when a home nation wins the World Cup. With Brazil the bookmakers’ favourites to win the tournament, this could be a golden opportunity to take part in one of the biggest celebrations the world has witnessed in years!

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