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memories of three World Cups while in Brazil

memories of three World Cups while in Brazil

Maracanã

So the 2014 Brazil World Cup is about to start. Interestingly enough, it will be the first World Cup in 12 years I will not witness while in Brazil. Professional commitments took me to Europe and I will watch the World Cup from across the ocean.

Fernando de Noronha
2002 World Cup. In Fernando de Noronha.

I landed in Brazil for the first time at the end of 2001. Shortly after that came my first World Cup while in Brazil. It was Korea and Japan, the year 2002. Prior to the sporting event, the World Cup atmosphere in Brazil was close to non-existent. The Brazilian squad arrived in Asia completely descredited, led by the recently-appointed national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. We spent the first stage of the competition in Fernando de Noronha. When we travel, and much more so if we are on paradise, we pay little attention to the world, so we would only find out the daily competition scores on our return to our accommodation at the end of the day. It would be the last World Cup won by Brazil – and deservedly so. We were happy to share the joy of the nation on the streets of São Paulo.

Lençóis Maranhenses
2006 World Cup. In Lençóis Maranhenses.

We spent the first stages of the Germany 2006 World Cup half-way between São Luís and the Lençóis Maranhenses. Once again, we would only learn the scores at the end of the day. Brazil didn’t make it to the finals and the country turned its back to the competition once Brazil was out.

Alter do Chão, Brazil
2010 World Cup. In the Amazon

The first stages of the South Africa 2010 World Cup were shared between two outstanding nature destinations in Brazil. The first one was Alter do Chão and the river Tapajós, the perfect Amazon destination, where World Cup fever was at its best. The second destination was the outstanding Pantanal.

yacare caiman, Pantanal, Brazil
2010 World Cup. In the Pantanal

Once again, Brazil didn’t make it to the finals and dissapointment fell upon Brazil.

It is 2014 and we will spend the World Cup traveling once more. On a paradise island with the best possible company, aware that football/soccer is truly irrelevant when compared to many other things in life.

June 10, 2014 | By More
hotel rates up 376% for the World Cup period

hotel rates up 376% for the World Cup period

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

According to Embratur, Brazil’s tourism board, hotel rates for the period of the World Cup 2014 can be expected to be up to 376% more expensive than usual.

While surveying prices, Embratur also compared hotel rates in Rio de Janeiro with the rates practiced by hotels in Berlin and Johannesburg during the World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010 respectively. The average room cost for Berlin was USD 300 and for Johannesburg USD 200. Rio’s average rate for the period will reach USD 461.

It is probably time to repeat the advice I issued at countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014:

  • if you are a soccer/football maniac, by all means come to Brazil and join the party. And what a party it will be!
  • if organized sport is not really your thing but you have a friend/relative who can provide you with accommodation in Brazil during the World Cup period, come and join the party!
  • if you shun away from organized sport or you are working on a tight budget, or both things at the same time, do give Brazil a miss in 2014 as everything indicates prices in Brazil are likely to do some serious damage to your finances.

And let me add a bottom line to all this. If the tourism sector doesn’t get their act together sooner rather than later, Brazil will become the travel destination to avoid during 2014.

July 9, 2013 | By More
356 days to the World Cup

356 days to the World Cup

Alter do Chão, Brasil

Sunset in Alter do Chão and the river Tapajós. The other side of the river is 11 kilometers away. Mindblowing.

June 21, 2013 | By More
countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014

countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014

Estádio Governador José Fragelli, Cuiabá

The Brazil World Cup 2014 kick-off in exactly one year’s time. To mark the event, the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG launches today its countdown to the Brazil World Cup 2014.

As a way of enticing people to visit the country, we will be publishing on our Facebook profile photographs taken in all the regions of Brazil along with an indication of the number of days left to the initial kick-off of the World Cup.

One daily photo to get your trip started now!

Should I stay or should I go?

I’ve been asked several times whether Brazil will be a desirable destination in 2014. In all honesty, it will all depend on whether soccer/football mania runs in your blood or not. To me the bottom line is:

  • if you are a soccer/football maniac, by all means come to Brazil and join the party. And what a party it will be!
  • if organized sport is not really your thing but you have a friend/relative who can provide you with accommodation in Brazil during the World Cup period, come and join the party!
  • if you shun away from organized sport or you are working on a tight budget, or both things at the same time, do give Brazil a miss in 2014 as everything indicates prices in Brazil are likely to do some serious damage to your finances.
June 12, 2013 | By More
dates of the 2014 carnival in Brazil

dates of the 2014 carnival in Brazil

carnaval 2009, Académicos do Tucuruvi

Want to know what the dates of the 2014 carnival in Brazil are? According to the official calendar, the 2014 carnival will take place between 28 February and 5 March.

  • The Rio de Janeiro escolas de samba will parade at the sambadrome on Sunday 2 and Monday 3 March.
  • The São Paulo parades will take place on Friday 28 February and Saturday 1 March.

Although the dates seem miles away, the farsighted travellers will make accommodation arrangements for the period long in advance – it is the only way of finding good value accommodation for places like Rio de Janeiro or Salvador.

As more details emerge I will keep you posted.

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June 8, 2013 | By More