The World Cup will take place in Rio in less than one week. Many people will travel to Brazil to watch the incredible soccer games that will be played. While in Brazil, people need to know what they can expect so that they can be as prepared as possible. Here is a visitor’s guide to traveling to Brazil.
Transportation in Brazil
According to BrazilAngloinfo.com,”it is possible to travel around Brazil, and even across the national border, by bus, however, the size of the country means that bus travel in Brazil can prove extremely lengthy and time-consuming. Very few passenger rail services operate in Brazil, however there are metro systems in eight of Brazil’s largest cities.”
There will be taxis and buses available near the World Cup stadiums. The scene will be chaotic as thousands of people are expected to attend the games. People should speak to hotel representatives to try to find the best ways to get around as traffic will be very congested.
The Food in Brazil
The food in Brazil is excellent. Because people will be in Brazil, this means that eating out will become a fixture for them. It is important for people to understand the food culture that is in the country. Most of the food items that will be listed on local restaurant menus will be ones that natives are familiar with.
According to CelebrateBrazil.com,”Brazil’s staple food items consist of feijao, or black beans, farinha, which is similar to what we know in the U.S. as flour, and arroz, or white rice. These three ingredients are typically cooked or served with protein such as fish, red meat, or poultry.The national dish of Brazil is called feijoada. It’s a hearty meat stew made from pork and black beans.”
Safety Issues in Brazil
The World Cup is a large sporting event that the country’s people have been anticipating for years. There are additional safety measures in place surrounding the stadiums. It is important for people to avoid going into areas that they are unfamiliar with unless they have a guide. It is a good idea to stick in groups if possible. People should always have their passport and credit cards on them in a fanny pack or small backpack. Passports and credit cards are often stolen by thieves so it helps to be on the defensive.
The nightlife will probably be an area that most people will want to explore. People should avoid drinking any drinks that anyone other than a bartender gives them. People should also attend their drinks at all times. It can be helpful to write down the name of your hotel and its contact information and stick it in your pocket.
Customs in Brazil
Brazil is a fairly laid back country. It is important to know a few things. First, the drinking age in Brazil is 18. People do dress well so a person’s appearance should be neat and tidy. According to Brazil.org, “when communicating, locals will often touch one another lightly and stand close together. This applies even when two women are talking, or when a man and woman are in conversation. Do not mistake this for flirtation or inappropriate behavior. It is also important for people to note that Brazilians will often interrupt when they converse with someone. People should not be offended by this as it is just the customary way in which they talk to one another.”
When a person goes to Brazil, the way that they act is important. People need to act with confidence and kindness. People who act as if they are confused or are rude will often face issues bonding with the locals. It is important for people to just try to absorb the beautiful culture while on vacation.