World-famous for soccer stars, samba music, and supermodels, Brazil has always been known as an exotic destination with unique venues. The upcoming World Cup makes Brazil even more appealing and opens the doors to new ways of exploring this incredibly vast and blessed territory. With 90% of the country in the tropical region, the vast majority of the population lives on the seaside and highlands areas where the temperatures are moderate, and also where the World Cup will be held. Below is a list of the most enticing things to do in Brazil during the World Cup:
- Visit Salvador da Bahia – Salvador is just one of the 12 cities where the World Cup will be played, and the city is also the first Portuguese colony with roots going back as far as the 1500s. For more than 200 years, Salvador was Brazil’s capital as well as its center for the sugar trade. By the time of the American Revolution, Salvador was the largest city in the New World and also the main port of Brazil. Strolling up and down the streets of Salvador is like going back in time with the colonial architecture and veritable pieces of history. Salvador is also the hub of the Afro-Brazilian culture and accommodates the second-best carnival after Rio.
- See Christ the Redeemer – There are so many things to do in Brazil, that it is difficult to pick just a few. Brazil is a vast country with many unique tourist destinations, the most popular of which is the one-of-a-kind statue, Christ the Redeemer. Towering over Rio de Janeiro, the Statue is considered one of the seven new wonders standing 120 feet tall on the top of Corcovado Mountain. Designed by a Brazilian and created by a Frenchman, Christ the Redeemer has become an icon of Rio and Brazil revealing the warmth and beauty of the Brazilian people welcoming World Cup visitors with open arms.
- Stop By Sao Paulo – Brazil’s business center and the largest and richest city in the country, Sao Paulo is considered the seventh largest metropolitan area in the world. Some of the World Cup games will be played in Sao Paulo, so the event is the perfect occasion to explore this absolutely magnificent city with its incredible venues ranging from Museu Paulista and the gothic Metropolitan Se Cathedral to the Ibirapuera Park, the Sao Paulo Museum of Art and the Bandeirantes.
- Eat Authentic Food – Undoubtedly, dining out is one of the best things to do in Brazil during the World Cup. For real Brazilian cooking, try Bar Do Miniero in Santa Teresa, or for some churrasco barbeque, check out Oasis Churrascaria in Sao Conrado. For more great Rio restaurant recommendations, read our list of the Top 10 Rio Restaurants.
- Sunbathe on the Beach – Brazil is home to some of the most beautiful coastal cities, so take advantage of the pristine white sand and warm blue seas, and catch some rays. Copacabana Beach is the perfect place to relax, swim, and get a great tan while sipping on a favorite local cocktail.
Roadtrips can help you customize your Brazil World Cup experience with some or all of these local activities. Give us a call today to learn more about creating your dream trip to the World Cup.