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FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, announcing that the 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.

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The biggest event in soccer and one of the biggest events in all of sports—the FIFA World Cup—will be held in Brazil between 12 June and 13 July 2014. It's the second time Brazil is hosting the tournament (first time since 1950). 32 countries will participate, playing a total of 64 matches in 12 cities. It is estimated that 500,000 soccer fans will attend the event.



FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 visas for US citizens[edit]

The Government of Brazil will issue a special type of visa for spectators and participants in the FIFA World Cup. All visas issued for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 are free of charge. They are special temporary visas, issued just for the duration of the event. Applicants will be asked to present a valid ticket for any of the tournament games, or copy of email confirmation, or ticket certificate when applying. The processing time for Brazilian FIFA World Cup Visas can vary depending on jurisdiction. If you're planning on staying longer in Brazil you should apply for a tourist visa instead.

Tourist visas[edit]

Entry vs. exit stamps
Immediately after your passport is stamped by the Brazilian Federal Police, ensure that the last number on the right-end of the stamp is an odd number. A number 1 (air)/3 (boat)/5 (car/bus) indicates that you entered the country and a number 2/4/6 indicates that you exited. Some federal police officers have mistakenly given foreigners the even number stamp upon entering. If you have the even number stamp and try to extend the visa in a city that is not your port of entry, you will be told to return to the city where you received the incorrect stamp so that it may be corrected before you can receive the extension.

  • By law you are required to produce your outbound ticket upon entry, but this is only enforced in exceptional cases. Even if you are asked, you could often get away with explaining that you are taking the bus to Argentina, and couldn't buy the ticket in, say, Europe.
  • Brazil has a reciprocal visa policy with all countries. This means that whenever prices and restrictions are applied to Brazilians visiting a particular country, Brazil adopts the same measures for that country's visitors when they enter Brazil.
  • Citizens from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay may enter Brazil with a valid ID card and stay up to 90 days.
  • No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days from holders of passports from these countries, unless otherwise indicated: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR passport, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore (30 days), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (Including British National (Overseas) passport holders), Uruguay , Venezuela (60 days) and Vatican City. The immigration officer has discretion to restrict your visa to less than 90 days. He will then state the number of days (e.g. 60 or 30) in pen, writing inside the stamp just given in your passport; if not, it remains as 90 days.
  • Citizens from all other countries require a visa. The fees vary depending on reciprocity.

You can find more information about Brazilian visas here.


Applications for tickets can only be made at or at FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres which will open in host cities in Brazil closer to the start of the tournament. FIFA organized 3 sales phases for the ticket applications. The first application period for the ticket lottery run from 20 Aug to 10 Oct 2013. After the Final Draw, when the 32 qualified teams find out who they will face in the group stages of the World Cup, the second application period for another ticket lottery run from 8 Dec to 30 Jan 2014. The third application phase is “first-come-first-served” only and runs from 15 Apr until the FIFA World Cup Final on 13 Jul.

You are can buy tickets for individual matches (eg. opening match, final match), team specific ticket (follow my team series of tickets), or venue specific tickets (eg. matches in Rio de Janeiro).

Individual match ticket prices for round of 16 matches range between US$ 110 to $ 220, the opening match between US$ 220 to $ 495, and for the final between US$ 440 to $ 990 (all prices for the general international public).


It's best to plan your stay by booking early. Even though the games are not held during the high traffic season (Dec- Jan), you will definitely encounter higher prices and decreased availability.

Hotels are plentiful in just about all areas of Brazil and can range from luxury beach resorts to very modest and inexpensive choices. The Brazilian tourism regulation board imposes specific minimum attributes for each type of facility, but as the 1-5 star rating is no longer enforced, check in advance if your hotel provides the kind of services you expect.

Pousada means guesthouse (the local equivalent of a French auberge or a British boarding house), and are usually simpler than hotels, and will offer fewer services (room service, laundry etc.). Pousadas are even more widespread than hotels.

Motel in Brazil basically equates to a sex motel. Due the World Cup, some of these establishments will also provide accommodations, but keep in your mind that you may find your room equipped with red lights, erotic films and some interesting accessories in the night stand.

For more information, please refer to specific hosting cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo.

Get in[edit]

Recife International Airport

By air[edit]

Your legal rights and duties as an air passenger under Brazilian law

  • Free check-in baggage allowance: On international flights departing from Brazil, all passengers are entitled to check-in at least 2 bags (each weighing up to 32 kg) free of charge. On domestic flights within Brazil (on aircraft with more than 31 seats), all passengers are entitled to check-in bags that weigh up to 23kg in total free of charge.
  • ID requirements: On domestic flights within Brazil, foreign nationals must present a valid passport at check-in and the boarding gate; alternatively, a national identity card/diplomatic credentials may be accepted based on agreements between Brazil and the issuing country. On international flights, foreign nationals must present a valid passport (and visa for the destination country if required); alternatively, a national identity card/diplomatic credentials may be accepted based on agreements between Brazil and the issuing country.
  • Assistance from your airline in the event of a flight delay, cancellation or refused boarding:
    • 1 hour waiting time - free communication (e.g. phone calls, internet etc)
    • 2 hours waiting time - free communication + snacks + water
    • 4 hours waiting time - free communication + snacks + water + accommodation + transportation to/from accommodation (plus the option to reroute or obtain a refund if desired)

By far the largest international airport in Brazil is São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (IATA: GRU ICAO: SBGR), the hub of TAM airlines [3], which has direct flights to many capital cities in South America. Other direct flights include:

The second-largest airport in Brazil is Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport, (IATA: GIG ICAO: SBGL) the home of Gol Transportes Aéreos [4], which flies to many regional destinations including Santiago, Buenos Aires and Asuncion. Other direct flights include:

From Oceania there are services available to Brazil through connections in intermediate stops: Sydney and Auckland are served by LAN Airlines with a connection in Santiago. Qantas's direct flight from Sydney to Santiago has codeshare agreements with LAN and TAM Airlines making it possible to get a connection to Brazil there. Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland are served by Emirates via Dubai. Sydney is also served by Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.

The Northeastern capitals have slightly shorter flying times to Europe and North America:

Natal: Direct flights to Lisbon by TAP, Amsterdam by Arkefly.

Recife: Direct flights to Lisbon by TAP, Atlanta by Delta, Miami by American Airlines, Panama City by Copa Airlines and Frankfurt by Condor.

Fortaleza: Direct flights to Lisbon by TAP, Madrid by Iberia, and Cabo Verde by TACV.

In addition to the above, TAP flies directly to Salvador, Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Porto Alegre. TAP Portugal [5] is the foreign airline with most destinations in Brazil, from Lisbon and Porto, and provides extensive connections onwards to Europe and Africa. American Airlines has flights from Miami to Manaus, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Salvador. Copa Airlines flies from its hub in Panama City to Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Porto Alegre and Manaus, providing a wide range of destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Luz Station in Downtown São Paulo

By train[edit]

Train service within Brazil is almost nonexistent.

In São Paulo is a very important transportation system and you can use as well to move into the city and some cities around.

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

By plane[edit]

Brazil Air Pass
If you intend to visit various cities within Brazil, you should consider getting a Brazil Air Pass, offered by TAM or Gol— you purchase between 4 and 9 flight tickets which can be used at any time for any destination within Brazil served by the airline. A typical 4-ticket pass starts at around US$580 while a full 9 tickets will run around US$1150. In addition, Gol also offers a cheaper flight pass good for travel only within the Northeast of the country. These passes can only be obtained before arrival in the country, and you must prove that you have already purchased international return trip tickets or tickets for onward travel.

Air service covers most of Brazil. Note that many flights make many stops en route, particularly in hubs as São Paulo or Brasilia. Most all airports with regular passenger traffic are operated by the federal Infraero.[6]. They have a very convenient website, with an English version. It lists all the airlines operating at each airport, and also has updated flight schedules.

There are now several Brazilian booking engines that are good (although not perfect) for comparing flights and prices between different companies. They will mostly include an extra fee, hence it is cheaper to book on the airline's own site.

Metrô carriage in Fortaleza

The Brazilian airline scene completely changed at least twice over the last 10 years or so. The largest carriers are now TAM[7] and Gol [8], which share more than 80% of the domestic market between them. The traditional Varig is now just another brand of Gol. Others include WebJet [9], Avianca [10], and Azul [11]. TRIP [12] has short-haul flights to smaller airports throughout the country, and Pantanal [13] and Puma [14] are growing in the same segment. Portuguese TAP [15] has a few domestic code shares with TAM. There are also a number of regional companies, such as NHT [16](Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina). Price differences, at least if a ticket is purchased on the internet well in advance, are so small that it´s rather meaningless to call any of these "low cost", although WebJet and Azul have lately been a notch cheaper for domestic flights.

By train[edit]

By bus[edit]

Travellers to Curitiba are in luck, as the town is known for its excellent public transport.

By car[edit]

Host cities[edit]

The 2014 Fifa World Cup host cities

12 cities will play host to matches during the World Cup:

  • Belo Horizonte – The capital of the state of Minas Gerais
  • Brasilia – The capital of Brazil, masterpiece of modernist architecture listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cuiabá – A southern cowboy town.
  • Curitiba – Curitiba is one of the largest cities in the prosperous Southern region
  • Fortaleza – One of the most vibrant cities in Brazil, blessed with beautiful beaches
  • Manaus – Located in the heart of the Amazon. It is a gateway to the Anavilhanas and to Jaú National Park.
  • Natal – Base for exploring the paradisical beaches and nature of the Rio Grande do Norte state.
  • Porto Alegre – One of the richest metropolises in Brazil and the biggest urban agglomeration of south Brazil.
  • Recife – Nicknamed "The Brazilian Venice", it is built on several islands linked by many bridges.
  • Rio de Janeiro – World famous, beautiful city that welcomes visitors with that big statue of an open-armed Jesus.
  • Salvador  – The first capital of Brazil is home to a unique blend of indigenous, African and European cultures
  • São Paulo – Brazil's largest, richest and most cosmopolitan city.


Venue City Capacity
Amazônia Arena (Vivaldo Lima Arena) Manaus 42,374
Arena da Baixada Curitiba 41,456
Beira-Rio Stadium (Estádio José Pinheiro Borda) Porto Alegre 48,849
Corinthians Arena São Paulo 65,807
Castelão (Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo) Fortaleza 64,846
Dunas Arena (João Cláudio de Vasconcelos Machado) Natal 42,086
Fonte Nova Stadium (Arena Professor Octávio Mangabeira) Salvador 56,500
Mané Garrincha Stadium (Estádio Nacional de Brasília) Brasília 70,064
Maracanã Stadium (Estádio Mário Filho Rio de Janeiro 76,804
Mineirão (Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto) Belo Horizonte 62,160
Pantanal Arena Cuiabá 42,968
Pernambuco Arena Recife 44,248


Group stage[edit]

The first round (group stage) will see the 32 teams divided into 8 groups of 4 teams.

Group A Group B
Date Match Stadium
12 Jun Br-flag.png Brazil (3) vs Hr-flag.png Croatia (1) Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg São Paulo
13 Jun Mx-flag.png Mexico (1) vs Cm-flag.png Cameroon (0) Natal, Brazil - Arena das Dunas.jpg Natal
17 Jun Br-flag.png Brazil (0) vs Mx-flag.png Mexico (0) Fortaleza Arena.jpg Fortaleza
18 Jun Cm-flag.png Cameroon (0) vs Hr-flag.png Croatia (4) Arena Amazônia.jpg Manaus
23 Jun Cm-flag.png Cameroon (1) vs Br-flag.png Brazil (4) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília
23 Jun Hr-flag.png Croatia (1) vs Mx-flag.png Mexico (3) Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg Recife
Date Match Stadium
13 Jun Nl-flag.png Nederland (5) vs Sp-flag.png Spain (1) Arena Fonte Nova External View.jpg Salvador
13 Jun Ci-flag.png Chile (3) vs As-flag.png Australia (1) Pantanal Arena March 2014.jpg Cuiabá
18 Jun As-flag.png Australia (2) vs Nl-flag.png Nederland (3) Beira Rio Stadium.JPG Porto Alegre
18 Jun Sp-flag.png Spain (0) vs Ci-flag.png Chile (2) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro
23 Jun As-flag.png Australia (0) vs Sp-flag.png Spain (3) Arena Baixada.jpg Curitiba
23 Jun Nl-flag.png Nederland (2) vs Ci-flag.png Chile (0) Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg São Paulo

Group C Group D
Date Match Stadium
14 Jun Co-flag.png Colombia (3) vs Gr-flag.png Greece (0) 100px Belo Horizonte
14 Jun Iv-flag.png Ivory Coast (2) vs Ja-flag.png Japan (1) Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg Recife
19 Jun Co-flag.png Colombia (2) vs Iv-flag.png Ivory Coast (1) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília
19 Jun Ja-flag.png Japan (0) vs Gr-flag.png Greece (0) Natal, Brazil - Arena das Dunas.jpg Natal
24 Jun Ja-flag.png Japan (1) vs Co-flag.png Colombia (4) Pantanal Arena March 2014.jpg Cuiabá
24 Jun Gr-flag.png Greece (2) vs Iv-flag.png Ivory Coast (1) Fortaleza Arena.jpg Fortaleza
Date Match Stadium
14 Jun Uy-flag.png Uruguay (1) vs Cs-flag.png Costa Rica (3) Fortaleza Arena.jpg Fortaleza
14 Jun England flag.png England (1) vs It-flag.png Italy (2) Arena Amazônia.jpg Manaus
19 Jun Uy-flag.png Uruguay (2) vs England flag.png England (1) Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg São Paulo
20 Jun It-flag.png Italy (0) vs Cs-flag.png Costa Rica (1) Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg Recife
24 Jun It-flag.png Italy (0) vs Uy-flag.png Uruguay (1) Arena das Dunas dez 2013.jpg Natal
24 Jun Cs-flag.png Costa Rica (0) vs England flag.png England (0) 100px Belo Horizonte

Group E Group F
Date Match Stadium
15 Jun Sz-flag.png Switzerland (2) vs Ec-flag.png Ecuador (1) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília
15 Jun Fr-flag.png France (3) vs Ho-flag.png Honduras (0) Beira Rio Stadium.JPG Porto Alegre
20 Jun Sz-flag.png Switzerland (2) vs Fr-flag.png France (5) Arena Fonte Nova External View.jpg Salvador
20 Jun Ho-flag.png Honduras (1) vs Ec-flag.png Ecuador (2) Arena Baixada.jpg Curitiba
25 Jun Ho-flag.png Honduras (0) vs Sz-flag.png Switzerland (3) Arena Amazônia.jpg Manaus
25 Jun Ec-flag.png Ecuador (0) vs Fr-flag.png France (0) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro
Date Match Stadium
15 Jun Ar-flag.png Argentina (2) vs Bk-flag.png Bosnia and Herzegovina (1) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro
16 Jun Ir-flag.png Iran (0) vs Ni-flag.png Nigeria (0) Arena Baixada.jpg Curitiba
21 Jun Ar-flag.png Argentina (1) vs Ir-flag.png Iran (0) 100px Belo Horizonte
21 Jun Ni-flag.png Nigeria (1) vs Bk-flag.png Bosnia and Herzegovina (0) Pantanal Arena March 2014.jpg Cuiabá
25 Jun Ni-flag.png Nigeria vs Ar-flag.png Argentina Beira Rio Stadium.JPG Porto Alegre
25 Jun Bk-flag.png Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Ir-flag.png Iran Arena Fonte Nova External View.jpg Salvador

Group G Group H
Date Match Stadium
16 Jun Gm-flag.png Germany (4) vs Po-flag.png Portugal (0) Arena Fonte Nova External View.jpg Salvador
16 Jun Gh-flag.png Ghana (1) vs Us-flag.png USA (2) Arena das Dunas dez 2013.jpg Natal
21 Jun Gm-flag.png Germany (2) vs Gh-flag.png Ghana (2) Fortaleza Arena.jpg Fortaleza
22 Jun Us-flag.png USA (2) vs Po-flag.png Portugal (2) Arena Amazônia.jpg Manaus
26 Jun Us-flag.png USA (0) vs Gm-flag.png Germany (1) Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg Recife
26 Jun Po-flag.png Portugal (2) vs Gh-flag.png Ghana (1) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília
Date Match Stadium
17 Jun Be-flag.png Belgium (2) vs Ag-flag.png Algeria (1) 100px Belo Horizonte
17 Jun Ru-flag.png Russia (1) vs Ks-flag.png South Korea (1) Pantanal Arena March 2014.jpg Cuiabá
22 Jun Be-flag.png Belgium (1) vs Ru-flag.png Russia (0) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro
22 Jun Ks-flag.png South Korea (2) vs Ag-flag.png Algeria (4) Beira Rio Stadium.JPG Porto Alegre
26 Jun Ks-flag.png South Korea (0) vs Be-flag.png Belgium (1) Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg São Paulo
26 Jun Ag-flag.png Algeria (1) vs Ru-flag.png Russia (1) Arena Baixada.jpg Curitiba

Round of 16 & Quarter-finals (QF) & Semi-finals (SF) & Third place[edit]

Round of 16 QF & SF & Third place
Date Match Stadium
28 Jun Br-flag.png Brasil (4) vs Ci-flag.png Chile (3) PSO 100px Belo Horizonte
28 Jun Co-flag.png Colombia (2) vs Uy-flag.png Uruguay (0) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro
29 Jun Nl-flag.png Netherlands (2) vs Mx-flag.png Mexico (1) Fortaleza Arena.jpg Fortaleza
29 Jun Cs-flag.png Costa Rica (6) vs Gr-flag.png Greece (4) PSO Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg Recife
30 Jun Fr-flag.png France (2) vs Ni-flag.png Nigeria (0) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília
30 Jun De-flag.png Germany (2) vs Ag-flag.png Algeria (1) Beira Rio Stadium.JPG Porto Alegre
1 July Ar-flag.png Argentina (1) vs Sz-flag.png Switzerland (0) Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg Sao Paulo
1 July Be-flag.png Belgium (2) vs Us-flag.png United States (1) Arena Fonte Nova External View.jpg Salvador
Date Match Stadium
4 July QF1 Fr-flag.png France (0) vs De-flag.png Germany (1) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro
4 July QF2 Br-flag.png Brasil (2) vs Co-flag.png Colombia (1) Fortaleza Arena.jpg Fortaleza
5 July QF3 Ar-flag.png Argentina (1) vs Be-flag.png Belgium (0) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília
5 July QF4 Nl-flag.png Netherlands (4) vs Cs-flag.png Costa Rica (3) PSO Arena Fonte Nova External View.jpg Salvador
8 July SF1 Br-flag.png Brasil (1) vs De-flag.png Germany (7) 100px Belo Horizonte
9 July SF2 Nl-flag.png Netherlands (2) vs Ar-flag.png Argentina (4) PSO Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg Sao Paulo
12 July Third place Br-flag.png Brazil (0) vs Nl-flag.png Netherlands (3) Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Brasília


Date Match Stadium
13 July FINAL De-flag.png Germany (1) vs Ar-flag.png Argentina (0) Aerea2 maracana.jpg Rio de Janeiro

Buy[edit][add listing]

Fuleco: official Mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil's unit of currency is the Real (pronounced 'hay-OW'), plural Reais ('hay-ICE'), abbreviated BRL, or just R$. One real is divided into 100 centavos. As an example of how prices are written, R$1,50 means one real and fifty centavos.

Be careful using credit cards in Brazil. Many people have their cards compromised and then over several days have money siphoned off their cards. A safer option is to use cash (make sure you only withdraw from bank ATMs such as Banco do Brasil). If you choose to use your credit card, keep an eye on your statement.

Foreign currency such as US Dollars or Euros can be exchanged major airports and luxury hotels (bad rates), exchange bureaus and major branches of Banco do Brasil (no other banks), where you need your passport and your immigration form.

Look for an ATM with your credit/debit card logo on it. Large branches of Banco do Brasil (no withdrawal fees for credit cards) usually have one, and most all Bradesco, Citibank, BankBoston and HSBC machines will work. Banco 24 Horas is a network of ATMs which accept foreign cards (charging R$ 10 per withdrawal). Withdrawal limits are usually R$ 600 (Bradesco) or R$ 1000 (BB, HSBC, B24H), per transaction, and in any case R$ 1000 per day. The latter can be circumvented by several consecutive withdrawals, choosing different "accounts", i.e. "credit card", "checking", "savings". Note that most ATMs do not work or will only give you R$ 100 after 10 PM.

Some places put signs stating a minimum card value payment. This is illegal. Every commercial establishment that accepts card is required to accept payment regardless of the amount. If the merchant that accepts cards refuses to receive the payment due to the low value, call the police or PROCON (consumer protection agency).

Coins are R$0.05, R$0.10, R$0.25, R$0.50 and R$1. Some denominations have several different designs. Images from the central bank of Brazil are available here. Bills come in the following denominations: R$1 (being phased out), R$2 , R$5 , R$10 (still a few plastic red and blue around), R$20 R$ 50 and $100. Images from the central bank of Brazil are available here.

It is also very common to receive the change (pay back) for cents with candies (for example, R$ 0,05 or R$ 0,10).

Official FIFA Store[edit]

  • Official Mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, [1]. Fuleco the Armadillo is the official mascot of the tournament. It is a portmanteau of the words Futebol (football) and Ecologia (Ecology). The mascot, with its message of environmental concerns, the ecology and the sport turned out to be very popular with football teams around the world.  edit
  • Official Jerseys, [2]. You can buy various shirts for all the 32 teams taking part in the World Cup. You can buy shirts for men, women, kids, toddlers, and even infants.  edit

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Do[edit][add listing]

Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro
Aerial view of the Amazon rain forest, near Manaus
View over Harbour Area in Salvador

Brazil is a country with abundance of things to do apart from watching soccer:

  • Beaches- Almost the entire coast is lined with fabulous beaches, and beach lifestyle is a big part of Brazilian culture. Nowhere is that more true than in Rio de Janeiro, with its laid back, flip-flop lifestyle and famous beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana. Apart from Rio de Janeiro you can enjoy beaches in Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, and Salvador. The city of São Paulo is only an hour drive from the Paulista Coast, which is a typical Brazilian region full of splendid beaches and great seafood. The young and the old of São Paulo alike head there on the weekends to enjoy the sand, sun and fun.
  • Amazon Rainforest- The Amazon River Basin holds more than half of the world's remaining rain forest, and over 60% of that lies within the North of Brazil — approximately one billion acres of incredible biodiversity. The region is home to about 2.5 million insect species, over 40,000 plants species, 2200 fish species, and more than 2,000 types of birds and mammals. If you're going to Manaus then it's a must-see because the city is located in the heart of the Amazon and there are many companies operating jungle adventure trips.
  • Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) - A region of tropical and subtropical forest which extends along the Atlantic coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte state in the Northeast to Rio Grande do Sul state in the South. The Atlantic Forest has a wide variety of vegetation, including the many tree species such as the iconic araucaria tree in the south or the mangroves of the northeast, dozens of types of bromeliads and orchids, and unique critters such as capivara. The forest has also been designated a World Biosphere Reserve, with a large number of highly endangered species including the well-known marmosets, lion tamarins and woolly spider monkeys. Unfortunately, it has been extensively cleared since colonial times, mainly for the farming of sugar cane and for urban settlements — The remnants are estimated to be less than 10% of the original, and that is often broken into hilltop islands. However, large swaths of it are protected by hundreds of parks, including 131 federal parks, 443 state parks, and 14 municipal parks, most of which are open to visitation.
  • Pantanal - A vast tropical wetland expanse, one of the world's largest. 80% of it lies within the state of Mato Grosso do Sul but it also extends into Mato Grosso, sprawling over an area estimated at between 140,000 and 195,000 square kilometers (54,000-75,000 sq mi).
  • Waterfalls (Cachoeiras) - Brazil has an amazing range of impressive waterfalls of all sizes and shapes. Iguaçu Falls, in eastern Parana, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, truly a sight to see. The 353-meter Cachoeira da Fumaça in Bahia's Chapada Diamantina National Park is the country's second highest waterfall, after the Amazon's almost inaccessible Cachoeira do Araca. Other famous waterfalls include Caracol Falls, in a Rio Grande do Sul state park of the same name near Canela, Itaquira Falls, an easily accessible 168-meter fall near Formosa, Goiás, and the gorge at Parque da Cascata near Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais. Aside from the nationally famous falls, in many parts of the country, particularly the South, Southeast, and Central West regions, you are rarely far from at least one locally-famous, named waterfall worth a short hike.
  • Colonial architecture - Many cities have reminders of Brazil's colonial past, with churches, monasteries, forts, barracks, and other structures still intact. You can find the colonial buildings in cities such as Rio de Janeiro or Salvador.

Stay Safe[edit]

By law, everyone must carry a photo ID at all times. For a foreigner, this means your passport. However, the police will mostly be pragmatic and accept a plastified color photocopy.

Protesters on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Their sign translates to "If the bus fare doesn't drop, Rio is going to stop!"


In the past year Brazil has been hit by a wave of multiple anti-World Cup protests in the World Cup host cities. Demonstrators were unhappy with the amount of public money spent on hosting the event ($11 billion), arguing that the money have been spent on public services to ease inequality instead. The protests and general discontent are part of wider unrest in the country which was initially sparked by increases in bus, train, and metro ticket prices. In addition to that, Brazilians were frustrated with the inadequate provision of social services, high corruption and poverty. While many soccer fans are looking forward to the tournament, repeating protests have raised serious questions about the capability of Brazil to host the biggest event in soccer. Therefore, it is advisable to stay away from any riots and public gatherings that might occur during the FIFA World Cup. In many cases Brazilian police had to fired tear gas into the crowds of demonstrators to stop the riots.


Even the most patriotic Brazilian would say that the greatest problem the country faces is crime. Brazil is one of the most criminalised countries of the world, therefore the crime rate is high, even for a developing nation. Armed bandits have more recently been attacking schools, hotels and even innocent people in the streets. While in recent years, the overall crime levels are decreasing, Brazil continues to have moderately high crime rates in various aspects, even with a moderate homicide rate (about 28 per 100,000 people).

The best thing to do is to not act like a tourist, and do not display items of extreme wealth such as laptops, jewelry, etc. Also avoid carrying large amounts of money with you.


By phone[edit]

Brazil has international telephone code 55 and two-digit area codes, and phone numbers are eight digits long. Some areas used seven digits until 2006, meaning you might still find some old phone numbers which won't work unless you add another digit. (Mostly, try adding 2 or 3 at the beginning).

Eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 2 to 5 are land lines, while eight-digit numbers beginning with digits 6 to 9 are mobile phones.

All cities use the following emergency numbers:

  • 190 - Police
  • 192 - Ambulance
  • 193 - Firefighters

However, if you dial 911 while in Brazil, you will be redirected to the police.

To dial to another area code or to another country, you must chose a carrier using a two-digit carrier code. Available carriers depend on the area you are dialing from and on the area you are dialing to. Carriers 21 (Embratel) and 23 (Intelig) are available in all areas.

The international phone number format for calls from other countries to Brazil is +55-(area code)-(phone number)

In Brazil:

  • To dial to another area code: 0-(carrier code)-(area code)-(phone number)
  • To dial to another country: 00-(carrier code)-(country code)-(area code)-(phone number)
  • Local collect call: 90-90-(phone number)
  • Collect call to another area code: 90-(carrier code)-(area code)-(phone number)
  • International Collect Call: 000111 or through Embratel at 0800-703-2111

Public payphones use disposable prepaid cards, which come with 20, 40, 60 or 75 credits. The discount for buying cards with larger denominations is marginal. Phone booths are nearly everywhere, and all cards can be used in all booths, regardless of the owner phone company. Cards can be bought from many small shops, and almost all news agents sell them. The Farmácia Pague Menos sells them at official (phone company) prices which are somewhat cheaper. Calls to cell phones (even local) will use up your credits very quickly (nearly as expensive as international calls). Calling the USA costs about one real per minute. It's possible to find all international and Brazilian phone codes on DDI and DDD phone codes.

By mobile phone[edit]

When traveling to Brazil, even though it may seem best to carry your cell phone along, you should not dismiss the benefits of the calling cards to call the ones back home. Get yourself a Brazil calling card when packing for your trip. Brazil phone cards [17]

Brazil has 4 national mobile operators: Vivo, Claro, OI and TIM, all of them running GSM and HSDPA/HSPA+ networks (Vivo still runs a legacy CDMA 1xRTT network, which is being phased out). There are also smaller operators, like Nextel (iDEN Push-To-Talk and HSPA+), CTBC-ALGAR (GSM and HSDPA in Triangulo Mineiro Region (Minas Gerais)), and Sercomtel (GSM and HSDPA in Paraná). OpenSignal provide independent Brazil cell coverage maps allowing comparison of the quality of the networks.

Pay-as-you-go (pré-pago) SIM cards for GSM phones are widely available in places like newsstands, drugstores, supermarkets, retail shops, etc. Vivo uses 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies, while other operators uses 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies. 3G/HSDPA coverage is available mostly on big cities on the southeast states and capitals. Some states use 850 MHz but others use 2100 MHz for 3G/HSDPA. If you need to unlock a phone from a specific operator, this can be done for a charge in any phone shop.

All major carriers (Vivo, Claro, TIM and Oi) can send and receive text messages (SMS) as well as phone calls to/from abroad.

If you need a roaming sim card that would let you call at inexpensive flat rate outside of Brazil, try TravelSim's prepaid sim card, which you can order online no matter if you are in Brazil or in your home country and it would be with you in a few days. The incoming sms are free and so are the calls from Skype to TravelSim's numbers.

By net[edit]

Internet cafes (Lan houses) are increasingly common, and even small towns will have at least one spot with a decent connection.

An increasing number of hotels, airports and shopping malls also offer hot-spots for Wi-Fi with your laptop computer. Most hot-spots will ask you to register before using Wi-Fi, including places like Starbucks, McDonald's and other public hot-spots.

For general tips on internet while travelling, see our travel topic: Internet access

Stay healthy[edit]

Food from street and beach vendors generally have a bad hygienic reputation in Brazil. The later it is in the day, the worse it gets. Bottled and canned drinks are safe, although some people will insist on using a straw to avoid contact with the exterior of the container.

Bear in mind the local heat and humidity when storing perishable foods.

Tap water quality varies from place to place, (from contaminated, saline or soaked with chlorine to plain drinkable) and Brazilians themselves usually prefer to have it filtered.

In airports, bus stations, as well as many of the cheaper hotels, it is common to find drinking fountains (bebedouro), although they are not always safe. In hostel kitchens, look for the tap with the cylindrical filter attached. In more expensive hotels, there is often no publicly accessible fountain, and bedrooms contain minibars—selling you mineral water at extremely inflated prices.

The emergency number is 192, but you must speak Portuguese. The police can be reached through 911.