The excitement for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is about to explode and many will travel to Brazil to take in the matches of the tournament. There will be much to see and experience for those lucky enough to stamp their passports and arrive in the large South American country: and that doesn’t include the play on the pitch.
Whenever you are traveling in a foreign country, it is best to be aware of certain customs and ways of life; Brazil is no different and one will be able to get the best out of his or her trip if they arrive prepared. Here are some simple travel tips for those making the trek to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Don’t plan on getting goods on Sundays
Many vendors, doctors, and stores in general will be closed on Sundays; to be frank, nothing will really be open on Sundays in Brazil. That is, of course, not including the lush rainforests and natural environment that Brazil offers.
Plan on making Sundays your day to explore nature, or take in a match. There are plenty of beaches to explore in the country and you won’t want to miss a chance to take a dip. Here are some notable beaches located all throughout the country:
Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro
Praia dos Carneiros, Pernambuco
Taipus de Fora, Bahia
Praia da Pipa, Rio Grande do Norte
Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco
Brazil is the most expensive country in South America
Brazil is typically expensive, even without factoring in the World Cup-which will undoubtedly raise prices throughout the country. Be ready to have the monetary means necessary while traveling here.
Take the bus
A bus may not seem like the most convenient way to travel throughout a country, but they provide you with sights and experiences that will last a lifetime. You’ll be able to see Brazil’s wonderful landscape while being a passenger on a bus, not to mention the local characters you’ll run into.
Feijoada is a popular dish in Brazil that consists of black beans and meat. Be aware that most food cooked in Brazil is done so in palm oil and isn’t always the most flavorful in the world. When in Sao Paulo, go with the Pão de queijo with coffee at breakfast.
Brazil is a massive country and there are 12 World Cup host cities with plenty of local flair and sights and sounds that you will want to experience. This is a rare lifetime experience, so go out and explore. From the very large and impressive Christ the Redeemer statue to the Amazon rainforest, there is so much wonder and beauty to take in while in Brazil. Go far and wide and see as much as you can.