Brazil Beckons with Copacabana, Coffee, Carnivals and Beaches
Brazil beckons with its white-sandy beaches, rhythm-filled metropolises and pristine rainforests. Its many attractions extend from frozen-in-time towns dating back to colonial eras, dramatic landscapes,red-rock canyons, idyllic tropical islands, thundering waterfalls and more. The nation’s legendary bio-diversity, cliff tops, horseback riding in Pantanal, kayaking in Amazonian forests, whale watching, snorkeling in crystal-clear rivers with the national cocktail (caipirinha) in hand, are just some of the much awaited activities savoured by football lovers and tourists alike.
With so much and lot more in store, Brazil is a treasure trove of culture and natural riches and also boasts of being a haven for sports and adventure mongers.
Brazil –with the FIFA World Cup 2014 all set to take centre stage in a couple of days from now, is by far the most coveted destination in today’s times. Whether you are looking forward to cheering your favorite football players from the galleries of some of the best equipped stadia in the world or visiting its many captivating places and intriguing activities –a trip to this nation certainly promises to be a memorable one. So, mark your calendar from June 12th to July 13th 2014.
The twelve cities chosen as venues for the FIFA World Cup are all capitals of the various states of Brazil and boast of their own special features and bounties. Read on for some of the most happening cities and attraction that make them all the more special
Rio de Janeiro – Maracana Stadium
Venue of 4 group stage matches and round of 16, the quarter-final and also the much awaited final
Oft visited for its museums, beautiful waters (Copacabana) and historical neighborhoods; this “Marvelous City” boasts of another feather in its crown –the famous Maracanã Stadium that was host to the 1950 World Cup final and is now the venue of the 2014 World Cup final that takes place on July 13th.
Sao Paulo – Arena Corinthians
Venue of round of 16, four group stage matches (opening game) and one of the semi-finals
The 7th largest city of the world and the largest in Brazil, Sao Paulo is reputed for its many arts and entertainment avenues and the famous Arena Corinthians which is also called the Arena de São Paulo. This intriguing stadium will be replacing the Pacaembu Stadium and will play host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening game on June 12th.
Brasilia – Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Venue of round of 16, 4 group stage matches, the quarter-final and the 3rd place match
Though there is a lot to do and see in Brasilia, the distinction of “must sees” goes to the Palácio da Alvorada or National Congress and The Ministries Esplanade. Another place worth visiting in the capital city is The Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, which was built in 1974 and was named after Garrincha—the Brazilian legend and footballer.
Belo Horizonte – Mineirão, Salvador – Arena Fonte Nova, Fortaleza – Castelão, Recife – Arena Pernambuco, Porto Alegre – Estadio Beira-Rio, Natal – Arena das Dunas, Cuiaba – Arena Pantanal, Curitiba – Arena de Baxaida, Manaus – Arena de Amazonia… The list of interesting host cities goes on!
Are you all set to savour the many delights of Brazil—the right way!