Learn what it is like in Brazil so your trip to the World Cup is safe and enjoyable. Find out the local customs, what food you will be eating and how to get around. This article will help you know these things before you get there.
The best recommended ways to get around Rio de Janeiro is by taxi or on foot. Taxi drivers know all the short cuts but watch out for taxi scams at the airport. Always catch a moving taxi, not a parked one and know the address you are going to, Make sure they use the meter and you know what the charges are. Taxi drivers in Rio can normally be trusted, but stay alert.
You probably should not rent a car and drive in the city, especially if it is your first trip there. Tourist vans can be good and the subways are nice, but have limited coverage. The buses are one of the places that tourists are targeted by criminals and should be avoided.
The native food of Brazil such as cassava is popular and found in many regions. There is much African and European influences that can vary considerably in the different areas. Feijoada is considered the national dish of Brazil.
For those not that adventurous many restaurants offer food that is similar to what you are use to. Since you are there you may as well try some of the traditional dishes of the different regions. You might find something you think is really wonderful and much different than anything you ever had. Eating the local food is one of the great things about exploring other countries.
People of Brazil are very friendly and to an American may seem too outgoing. They are use to more touching and move into closer proximity than you may be use to.
When talking to or being approached by a native Brazilian you should give into their way of doing things. If you try to do things the way it is done in America they may get slightly insulted or at least not like you. So do not back away and make eye contact when appropriate. Just follow their lead and it will be an easy transition from the way you are use to doing things.
Traveling to Brazil to see the World Cup should be a great adventure. The more you know about Rio de Janeiro the better your experience will be. This travel guide should help you have a safer and more enjoyable trip with some great memories to take back home.