Saturday, December 7, 2013

2014 World Cup .... your travel guide to Brazil

Chris Moss has the lowdown for those planning to visit Brazil for the World Cup:

....São Paulo will appeal mainly to urban lovers, but is close to the wilderness of the Costa Verde’s Atlantic rainforest. Rio has its own inner-city wilderness, the Tijuca Forest national park, and its residents enjoy an enviable lifestyle, including a great beach sports scene.

The World Cup, by spreading the matches around a dozen cities, opens up parts of Brazil that are still neither famous nor tourist-infested. A party like 2014 is bound to be a good time to explore them........

..........Rio de Janeiro  Stadium: Maracanã – upgrade completed (capacity: 76,804).  Fun stuff: Ipanema beach, Christ the Redeemer, dinner in Santa Teresa, favela tour, cable car up the Sugar Loaf; choro music and dance.
Brasilia  Stadium: Estadio Nacional – almost completely built and reopened in 2012 (68,009).  Fun stuff: Niemeyer’s modernist architecture, dining at the local churrascarias (steakhouses); maned wolves and armadillos at the Parque Nacional de Brasilia..........

.........Brazil has an excellent air network, with TAM and Gol providing hundreds of daily flights out of their Rio, São Paulo and Brasilia hubs.
Less well-known are Azul, founded by David Neeleman, a Brazilian-born entrepreneur better known for the American airline Jetblue, which incorporated Trip Linhas Aéreas in 2012 and now connects up hundreds of cities in the hinterland, including the host cities...........

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