Check out the second of our two-part blog on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where we we provide some simple tips for tourists traveling to the world’s biggest football festival.
Smart tourists are safe tourists – also at the World Cup in Brazil!
If you’re traveling to Brazil soon be sure to pack plenty of common sense along with your sunscreen. All the usual tourist cautions still apply:
- Try to stick to the touristy, crowded areas unless you really know where you’re going or have a guide with you.
- Don’t flash your fancy jewelry or watch. Keep your valuables out of reach of pickpockets.
- Make photocopies of your passport and entry stamp. Why not also take a picture of your passport with that smartphone that you’re carrying deep inside a front pocket?
- Drink only bottled water at all times. Depending on your specific destination, you’ll either be facing dry weather or pretty brutal humidity. Either way, you need to stay hydrated and free from stomach bugs that will put a damper on your holidays.
- Local transit, just like the weather, varies wildly depending on the city. You’ll most likely be moving around on foot or taxi. Try to book a car and driver through your hotel as the first option. If you are out and need to get back to the hotel, use only official taxis and never the unsanctioned minivans offering to drive tourists around. They might be cheaper than licensed taxis, but is your safety really worth saving a handful of reals?
Ready for the weather?
You may have heard that June-August are the winter months in Brazil. What does this mean? It’s hard to make simple weather predictions for a place that’s bigger than Australia, so the weather depends on where you’re going.
Traveling to Rio de Janeiro? Bring beachwear and get your flip-flops ready. Temperatures in São Paulo can drop to 5C° during the Brazilian winter. Bahia will be going through its rainy season, but with temperatures hovering around 20C°. Curitiba can get pretty cold, but June is the dry season. In short: check your destination city’s expected weather well in advance to determine whether you need an umbrella and a raincoat or an endless supply of shorts or dresses.
The twelve host cities are spread throughout a very, very big country. Our map and a list will give you a quick idea of the venues’ locations, as well as their stadiums’ capacities. FYI, flight time from Rio to Manaus is about four hours!
- Rio de Janeiro Stadium: Maracanã – (capacity 76,804)
- Brasilia Stadium: Estadio Nacional – (capacity 68,009)
- São Paulo Stadium: Arena de São Paulo – (capacity 65,807)
- Belo Horizonte Stadium: Mineirão – (capacity 62,547)
- Cuiabá Stadium: Arena Pantanal – (capacity 42,968)
- Curitiba Stadium: Arena de Baixada – (capacity 41,456)
- Fortaleza Stadium: Castelao – (capacity 64,846)
- Manaus Stadium: Arena Amazonia – (capacity 42, 374)
- Natal Stadium: Estadio das Dunas – (capacity 42,086)
- Porto Alegre Stadium: Beira Rio – (capacity 48,849)
- Recife Stadium: Arena Pernambuco – (capacity 44,248)
- Salvador Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova – (capacity 48,747)
The best place to find a full list of the schedules, and all kinds of other information regarding transportation, accommodations, sights and, of course, tickets is the official FIFA website: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/
Check your country’s Brazilian embassy. They’ll have information on visas as well as lots of other tips that might come in handy. Here’s how to find yours: http://br.embassyinformation.com/
Here are some other websites you should definitely check out before leaving:
- The Brazilian government’s website for the World Cup also offers plenty of tips and info you might need: http://www.copa2014.gov.br/en
- Traveling between cities but afraid of flying? Since there are no long-distance trains, your only other option is the bus. You’ll find timetables, destinations and prices here: http://www.buscaonibus.com.br/en/