The heartbeat of Brazil is soccer, and it bleeds into every aspect of the Brazilian culture. We were wildly lucky enough to get tickets to two of the Games for the 2014 World Cup, hosted in Brazil. The country exploded with enthusiasts traveling in from all corners of the world to see their team fight for the Cup. We were there to revel in it all. Beyond the Fan Fests in Sao Paulo and Rio, and games in Belo Horizonte and Natal, here are a few tips of other things we immersed ourselves in along the way:
Any combination of fruit juices. They sell them at almost every corner shop and are incredibly fresh delicious.
Brazilian Steakhouse. If your Portuguese is decent, ask a local for their favorite place. We were lucky to have our Air BnB host in Sao Paulo show us to his neighborhood favorite and left feeling like rolling would be better than walking.
Lapa, Rio. Insider tip: Make sure to hang on to anything valuable as many in the area have sticky fingers.
Christ the Redeemer. This is a enormously popular landmark, so do make sure you get there early and be prepared to wait. Insider tip: Walking up the hill, rather than waiting for the shuttle will save you hours. It’s a light to moderate climb and well worth it to avoid more of the queue than necessary.