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Greetings, football fans from all over the world! As you all know, the 2014 Fifa World Cup is about to commence on June 13, 2014. By now, you should have been able to make necessary preparations on your trip to Brazil to witness this legendary sporting event (attached within the articles are links to hotels to book your accommodations). However, Brazil is not only for sporting event purposes. Want to explore this magnificent country a little more when the games aren’t on? Here are the best things to do and places to go while you’re on your Fifa World Cup trip in Brazil.
From samba houses to night clubs and exquisite cocktails, there is a wide array of activities to choose from while staying in Brazil. When the light at the Maracana Football Stadium turns off and the sporting event is at a standstill, then, the Brazil night life and parties shall commence! Once the Fifa comes to an end, of course, you would want to celebrate your ultimate victory. Here in Brazil, its bars that offer the Caipirinha, a signature Brazilian cocktail made with cachaca, lime, crushed ice and sugar will make you taste the savory victory of the Fifa World Cup games. This is but a taste of what this article will show you on how to enjoy Brazil at its fullest. So, here we go! Buckle your seats and explore the beautiful wonders of Brazil.
Drink the Night Away at Copacabana Beach
The Copacabana Beach is a four and a half kilometer stretch of sand and waters with numerous people enjoying a game of frescobol, stand-up paddleboarding and all other beach activities that you can enjoy here. The bars around the area offer ice cold brews and distinctive Brazilian cocktails to make you feel like you were a local here. The parties are non-stop as visitors dance the night away, meet different types of people and party all night! If you’re the type who’s traveling with family, what better way to enjoy this beautiful place than to gaze in wonder at the beautiful sunset by the beach and relax your way before the festive games begin again.
Surf at Ipanema Beach
Have you ever heard the song from the 60’s that spoke of Ipanema? Well, that song has definitely described this place as a haven for beach bums and surfer dudes alike. This crescent beach is famous for its swim-suited visitors, hip locals, white sandy beaches and surfing-friendly waves that will make the Brazil experience worthwhile. If you aren’t that much of a fan of beaches, there are also tons of restaurants, bars and cafes that you can indulge in here. Beaches to restaurants? Name it all! The Ipanema Beach is surely the place to be.
Party at Samba Clubs in Lapa
Brazil has been famous for having locals that love to dance the samba! Remember Jennifer Lopez? She was a South American. Have you ever seen her dance? Well, that proves that the next tourist destination on that Brazilian trip would best commence the locale by dancing the night away at Samba clubs in Lapa.
The neighborhood caters to a mix of Brazilian and Bohemian cultures making it the perfect place to wander about if the Fifa games aren’t on. Here, you will find the best bars who play samba music, party people dancing their hearts out and musical talents showcasing live shows that will make you dance and likewise turn the streets alive!
Dine at A Figueira Rubaiyat in Sao Paulo
Feeling kind of laid back? Enjoy your dining experience at the A Figueira Rubaiyat Restaurant located at Sao Paulo, Brazil. This establishment is magnificently structured surrounded by a fig tree. Magnificent, isn’t it? They offer the best grilled meat in South America making it a main tourist attraction for foodies and hungry football enthusiasts enjoying the World Cup.
Participate in Street Festivals at Salvador
As festive as the country Brazil is, so is the town of Salvador. This area has been marked as the Brazilian capital of happiness. Sounds kind of a fun place to visit now, does it? This city has been holding relentless parties and world-famous street carnivals that are participated by tons of people, visitors and locals alike.
There also lies colorful colonial buildings that will entice the culture-loving visitors in the area. Which means, even history buffs would love to come here and add an additional unforgettable experience aside from the FIFA games.
Celebrate at Aos Democratas, Curitiba
After the games, if your team won, wouldn’t it be a marvelous time to celebrate? If so, you should definitely attend the famous Aos Democratas where the sports enthusiasts would scream their hearts out in joy and celebrate the game’s victories.
Not only that. The place of Curitiba also has their very own football museum that will surely gain the interests of football fanatics that attend the games.
Tour Christ the Redeemer at Rio de Janiero
Of course! We wouldn’t want to miss the most iconic trademark of Brazil now, would we? The statue of Christ The Redeemer has been the sole symbol when one speaks of Brazil. This structure, located at the Corcovado Mountain, has a sweeping view of the city’s landscape that will surely take your breath away. Trains are accessible for the tourists who would like to see this statue up close and personal. Aboard the train, you would also get to swing by the Tijuca Forest and enjoy the marvelous views of the city. Best of all, when you arrive, what better way to remember that Brazil trip than to take a picture with the statue as a remembrance.
Gaze at Brasilia’s Contemporary Structures
If you are watching the Fifa World Cup in Brazil with your family or is a culture freak, you should definitely visit the town of Brasilia. Here, many architectural designs of beautiful buildings and artistic structures are built around the city. The Basilia Cathedral is one of the most beautifully structured among the bunch. Its contemporary designs are sure to captivate every historical and cultural buff that will come here to visit.
Go Hiking at the Sugarloaf Mountain at Rio
Last but not the least, go on a hiking trip to the Sugarloaf Mountain located just about a mile from the hotels in Rio. Adventure travelers wouldn’t want to miss this extraordinary experience! Strap those enthusiastic bodies and hike up the mountain, or take a ride aboard the popular cable car that takes you to the mountain top. Don’t forget to bring your camera along with you and take pictures with the beautiful landscapes by the mountain as your background. Truly, this Brazil trip will make the Fifa World Cup experience extra special and unforgettable!