From game time to half time and onto down-time, a trip to Brazil during the world famous FIFA World Cup has something for all football fans and their friends, family and partners too. If you’re considering a trip to Brazil to join in with the rest of the world’s football fever, here are a few questions answered to help you plan the best possible World Cup holiday in Brazil.
How Safe are the Streets?
South America has had a bit of a reputation for being dangerous for travellers, and Brazil is no exception, but there has been a big effort made, especially in recent years, to clean up the streets of crime and the effort has been quite a successful one. These days, Brazil is quite safe for visitors and its tourism hotspots no longer live up to their outdated reputations of being nests of pick pocketing and muggings.
Travellers should still exercise caution though, as nothing would spoil your World Cup experience like having your wallet stolen, especially if your tickets to the finals were inside! Listen to the advice of your hotel about which areas should be avoided by travellers, keep your valuables in a secure place at all times and stick to lit areas at night.
Which Beaches are best to Visit?
If you’ve started planning your down time, no doubt trips to Cococabana and Ipanema beaches are already part of your itinerary. Both made famous by classic songs and their stunning shores and pristine waters, adorned with bikini-clad locals, they’re bucket-list beaches for any traveller to Brazil.
Botafogo and Praia do Flamengo are also places worth visiting to soak up the rays and relax on the shore before you take on the hectic stadium atmosphere of the World Cup.
What to do Between Matches?
Aside from frolicking amongst the locals on the beautiful Brazilian beaches, there are lots more fantastic and thrilling activities to entertain travellers of all tastes. There are lots of activities that are great for families if you’ve got the little ones in tow, like a trip to the zoo or a visit to the enormous Christ Redeemer statue.
For adrenalin junkies, paragliding off Rio’s towering cliffs is the ultimate rush, while there are day spas and lots of shopping for those who prefer leisure to thrills.
Best Local Cuisine?
No doubt you’ve heard of a Brazilian BBQ- this traditional meat-fest is something all non-vegetarians must try in the country of its origin, it’s not just a meal, it’s a whole cultural experience.
Travellers should also sample Brazil’s famous dish, the feijoada, a traditional and flavoursome black bean curry with chunks of meat, of course.
Best spots for Football Fans?
The real Mecca for football fans is the Estádio do Maracanã, a true behemoth in the world of sports stadiums and the host of 2014’s FIFA World Cup. At over 50 years old, it’s rich in sporting history. For the World Cup it has undergone major renovations leaving it one of the world’s top stadiums, with state-of-the-art facilities and seating a staggering total of 73,531. There’s a museum too, worth a visit outside of game time for all the football fans who love a bit of local sporting history or wish to pick up some World Cup souvenirs.
Whether you’re flying solo, bringing your mates along, escaping with your partner or showing the whole family a new part of the world, a trip to Brazil during the World Cup has something for everybody. Now you know the basics it’s time to start planning! Visit a travel specialist online such as the Travel Associates site for all the best deals and travel advice to help you on your way.