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Benazir Khan May 15 2014

FIFA 2014 with friends

Reet Cheema May 15 2014
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If you are planning to fly to Brazil to support your favourite team and catch live FIFA 2014 with friends, here's a guide on how to make most of this trip and explore the world’s most exuberant and beautiful Portuguese country. Here’s a list of Brazil’s top 5 cities covering all that you need to do and see while visiting Brazil during FIFA 2014.

Rio de Janeiro

Blessed with beautiful mountains, white-sand beaches and lush green rainforests facing a very blue sea, Rio de Janeiro is the jewel of Brazil that you will end up falling in love with.

Photo of Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (by Arthur Boppré)

Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro

Getting around the city

Once in Rio, finding taxis will be very easy. It is the most popular mode of transport, especially among tourists, as it is not very expensive. The local bus service and the metro are also a convenient way of getting around the city.

Things to do

Apart from supporting your favourite team during the FIFA 2014 with friends, there are number of other things you can indulge in between matches. You can go hang gliding or take a helicopter tour to get a stunning bird's eye view of the most popular scenic spots of this spectacular tropical paradise. Pay a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue located on the top of Corcovado Mountain or take a stroll on the beautiful Copacabana Beach and enjoy a batida or caipirinha. Also, put on your dancing shoes and get a taste of the groovy nightlife at the best nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro.

Grub options

The buffet-styled restaurants (comida-a-kilo) where you pay by weight are your best bets if you are on a budget. Rio also has a number of all-you-can-eat establishments, the most popular being the churrascarias that specialize in grilled meats. Soak in the local culture of Rio and enjoy great Brazilian food at Amarelinho. Barra Grill ranks high on inventive Brazilian and barbecue dishes, while Lord Jim is a sports pub that is well known for its chilled beer and fish and chips.

Stay here

You could opt for the Atlantis Copacabana Hotel, which is very close to the famous Copacabana Beach. (Tariff is INR 7300 onwards.) Copacabana Palace, which has an amazing view of Copacabana Beach, is another great option. (Tariff is INR 2000 onwards.) If you want to stay close to the stadium, Rio's Nice Hotel, which is a mid-budget accommodation, is a good bet. Brazil’s largest leisure park is just 5 minutes away from here.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo will lead the FIFA celebration by hosting the first game of the World Cup 2014. Its arthouse cinemas, museums, experimental theatres, chic bistros and restaurants and, of course, its never ending nightlife make the city extremely popular and alive.

Photo of Sao Paulo (by Gustavo Gomes)

Stadium: Arena Corinthians

Getting around the city

The local buses connect all parts of the city and are the cheapest mode of getting around town. Taxis are preferred by tourists, especially at night and negotiating the tariff is the done thing. The metro service is advisable if one wants to commute around downtown.

Things to do

You can explore this beautiful city yourself by taking Sao Paulo Walking tour. Head to Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), which is not only one of the major icons of modern Brazilian architecture but is also the finest museum in Latin America. If you want a dose of music and entertainment, you can attend the concerts of famous Brazilian and international artists at Credicard Hall. If you plan to party all night long, head to the nightclubs in Sao Paulo.

Grub options

Panela Velha is a great place to start experimenting with Brazilian cuisine. Mani Manioca is one of the best known restaurants in the city and excels in Brazilian fusion and seafood dishes. Come to Skye Bar for great drinks and a funky ambience accompanied by stunning views of the city.
Stay here

There are numerous stay options that will cater to your budget. If you are on a shoe-string budget, you can share a room at the Hostel Vergueiro or can stay at the Vila Madalena Hostel, which has a very homely feel. (Tariff is INR 1200 onwards.)
If you want to stay close to the stadium, Mercure Sao Paulo Nortel is a good option. It is within easy reach of the Arena de Sao Paulo, the metro, the Tiete Bus Terminal, Shopping Center Norte, and various leisure and fine dining facilities. (Tariff is INR 7000 onwards.)


Federal capital of Brazil and a masterpiece of modern architecture, Brasilia is hosting an array of exciting events during FIFA 2014 World Cup. With its exciting cultural attractions, delectable dining options and energetic nightlife, this cosmopolitan offers plenty to experience from sun up to sun down.

Photo of Brasilia (by Anonymous)

Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Getting around the city

The airport is 16 km from the main city centre. Using the local bus service is the best way to get around Brasilia.

Things to do

Start from Three Powers Square (Praca dos Tres Poderes), which is a major landmark of the city. The offices of the country’s judiciary, legislature and executive are located here. Visit the Palacio do Planalto, the president’s office. You can head to Paranoa Lake, a beautiful man-made lake located on the eastern side of Brasilia, and indulge in wakeboarding and windsurfing. Also, check out the different shopping venues in the city.

Grub options

One of the top restaurants in the city, Aquavit, offers a rotating menu of culinary masterpieces and incredible views over the Lago Paranoa. Nossa Cozinha Bistro is an outstanding bistro that excels in gourmet treats like pork ribs with chocolate. Beer Selection, with an exhaustive range of local brews and international labels, is a must try at Brasilia.

Stay here

Most hotels in Brasilia are reasonable and quite friendly on your pocket. Try the centrally-located Brasilia Palace Hotel.The 3-star Mercure Apartments Brasilia Lider is also a very good and affordable option. The rooms here have attached kitchenettes. (Tariff is INR 6000 onwards.)
If you want to stay close to the stadium, Mercure Brasilia is a very option. It comprises self-contained apartments that are comfortable, well-appointed and come with all the modern facilities. It is also close to the Monumental Axis, TV Tower and Brasilia Shopping Mall. (Tariff is INR 5200 onwards.)

If you are on a tight budget, you could try the Buriti Plaza Hotel or even the Candango Aero Hotel. (Tariff is INR 2900 onwards.)


Salvador, also known as the “Capital of Happiness” in Brazil, is known for its music, diverse cultural past, countless popular outdoor parties and charming laid back locals. One can not help but fall in love with Salvador’s inescapable energy.

Photo of Salvador (by Fotos Gov/Ba)

Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova

Getting around the city

The Salvador International Airport is located 30 km from the city centre.
Bus service is the most convenient, efficient and the cheapest mode of transport from all the major cities in Brazil. Car rentals to Salvador are an expensive option. Once in Salvador, the best way to get around the city is by foot.

Things to do

You can spend an entire afternoon wandering the cobblestoned streets of historic Pelourinho District and check out the beautiful colonial buildings, stunning historic churches, cultural centres, shops and more. Take a ride in Elevador Lacerda, the first ever elevator of the urban world, for a panoramic view of Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints’ Bay). If you are in the mood for some retail therapy, head to Shopping Barra or Rio Vermelho Market.

Grub options

The Paraiso Tropical serves Bahian cuisine with a creative twist. Another great place to try out Bahian cuisine is at Restaurante do Senac. For those on a budget, Casa de Tereza is a good bet and also one of the best known restaurants in Salvador. Perched on a pier Bar da Ponta is one of the best bars in the area that offers an unbeatable combination of awesome views, great drinks and delicious nibbles.
Stay here

Start by checking out the Mercure Salvador Boulevard that is so lavish that you’ll never believe it’s in your budget. (Tariff is INR 4500 onwards.) Hotel Pousada Beija Flor offers an exclusive tour desk and will ensure that you have plenty to do in your free time. (Tariff is INR 3900 onwards.)
If you want to stay close to the stadium, try Sol Plaza Sleep. The hotel is just a few kilometres from Salvador Mall, the largest shopping centre in Salvador, the Parque Metropolitano Pituacu, Abaete Lagoon and the Itapua Lighthouse. (Tariff is INR 4000 onwards.)

Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte, also known as Beaga, has multiple dimensions that are worth exploring. Its urban vibe is well balanced by its immense natural beauty and a splendid view of the mountains.

Photo of Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte (by Luan S.R.)

Estadio Mineirao

Getting around the city

The Tancredo Neves International Airport at Belo Horizonte is 37 km away from the city centre. For getting around the city, buses and car rentals are the best options.

Things to do

Head to Pampulha to visit Belo Horizonte’s cultural landmarks, including the eye-catching Church of Saint Francis of Assisi designed by famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, Museu De Arte da Pampulha and more. Start off the night at the Savassi District, which has some of the friendliest bars and lively pubs that draw an eclectic crowd throughout the week. Head to Cafe com letras situated in the heart of Savassi to listen to some great jazz.

Grub options

Casa Cheia (Full House) lives up to its name. You will always find people in long queues waiting to eat the delicious local fare. Those looking for nightlife options in the city can point their feet towards O Alambique--Belo Horizonte’s biggest and best nightclub with themed bars, live music, great drinks and loads more.

Stay here

The Ambassy Hotel and the Promenade Pancetti are good options. The latter also has a lavish swimming pool. (Tariff: INR 3500 onwards.) Hotel São Salvador is probably the most reasonable option you will get, while the Amazonas Palace Hotelis also a good choice offering all basic amenities including an in house restaurant and bar. (Tariff is INR 2600 onwards.)
The Mercure Belo Horizonte Lifecenter Hotelis 5 minutes away from the famous district of Savassi where the city's best bars and restaurants can be found. (Tariff is INR 7700 onwards.)

So, plan your trip to FIFA 2014 with friends to support your favorite team and soak in other distractions besides football that this beautiful country has to offer.

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