Focus on Brazil: FIFA World Cup 2014
Well it’s finally that time again… When the whole world goes football-crazy! All eyes are focused on Brazil at the moment as the FIFA World Cup kicked off there on Thursday 12th June. The games opened with a ceremony at São Paulo with over 600 performers dancing, jumping and stilt-walking alongside a ‘living’ LED ball and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez who performed the official World Cup anthem “We Are One (Ole Ola)” on stage.
Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez aren’t the only ones heading over to Brazil in order to celebrate the games though! Scores of visitors have thrown their sun-cream and football tops into their bags and headed out in search of football, beaches and parties! The world’s fifth largest country, there has never been a better time to plan a trip out there; and not just because they are the host to the World Cup this year, and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The influx of visitors into the country has had a huge effect on the strength of the economy, and measures have been put in place to ensure that the country is safer and easier to travel around than ever before! With games held in various cities around Brazil, potential visitors are learning more and more about this fantastic country and the diverse range of places you can visit, such as lush Amazon forests, cities of fascinating architecture and nearly 7,500 km of coastline.
High on any travellers list when it comes to South America is Rio de Janiero- or ‘Marvellous City’. Known for its World famous Carnival in late February, the sensational white powdered sand beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and the Christ the Redeemer statue stood high overlooking the city, there is plenty to keep you busy on a trip here! Also worth a visit is the charming colonial city of Salvador in Bahia, Northeast Brazil, one of the oldest cities in the Americas full of lively culture; or São Paulo the largest city in Brazil, and one of the largest in the world according to population. Skyscrappers dominate the landscape, but this city is also known for its exciting cultural scene and high class gastronomy after earning the title of World Capital City of Cuisine.
Brazil also has great links to the rest of South America, so much so that is has been referred to as the ‘gateway to South America’. A visit to Brazil can easily be combined with a trip to one or more of the other South American countries- as our customers know only too well! Links to Argentina are particularly great, with most popular excursions including a visit to the Iguazu Falls where you can see the unique waterfalls from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides, or combining a trip to Rio with Buenos Aires!
Of course this is just a taster of some of the things that make Brazil great; why not find out some more for yourself? Be lured in by the rhythms of the samba, the tantalising scents of feijoada (a traditional Portuguese stew) and indulge in your passion for football in this fabulous country!
Visit tangotours.co.uk, or call us on 01970 631737 for further information on how to visit Brazil.