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World Cup Brazil 2014 - Touristic Guide - Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortaleza and Cuiabá

This is the third and last post about the 2014 World Cup, with information about host cities like Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortaleza and Cuiabá.

To see more information about other cities, check the following posts:
Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Natal

Rio de Janeiro

Maracanã - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - World Cup 2014
Rio de Janeiro is located on Guanabara Bay and surrounded by hills, which makes this city so beautiful and unique.

The legendary Maracanã stadium hosted the 1950 World Cup final. 200.000 people watched that game, the highest attendance in a soccer match ever recorded.

The stadium was completely renovated so it could host another World Cup final. It's located near city center and you can get there by subway.

Matches in Rio de Janeiro

06/15, 19h - Argentina x Bosnia (Group F)
06/18, 19h - Spain x Chile (Group B)
06/22, 19h - Belgium x Russia (Group H)
06/25, 17h - Ecuador x France (Group E)
06/28, 17h - 1st Group C x 2nd Group D (Round of 16)
07/04, 13h - 1st E or 2nd F x 1st G or 2nd H (Round of 8)
07/13, 16h - Final

Budget Hostels

Discovery Hostel
The Light House
Copa Fun Hostel
Cidade Maravilhosa Hostel
Rio Rockers

What to visit besides the stadium

Cristo Redentor and Guanabara Bay - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - World Cup 2014
Cristo Redentor and Guanabara Bay
Rio has a very busy life, with lots of things to do. Copacabana and Ipanema (most famous beaches in Rio) are always full of people practicing sports or just chilling in the water.

At night time there are several districts ideal for going out to have some beers such as Lapa (most bohemian in the city), Gávea, Copacabana and Ipanema.

Rio is also a very old city and has lots of important monuments to see in city center.

Must go places

- Cristo Redentor
- Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar
- Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
- Lapa
- Hang Gliding Flight
- Jardim Botânico


Arena Pernambuco - Recife - Pernambuco - Brazil - World Cup 2014
Arena Pernambuco
Recife is really old city and important since Brazil's colonization. It has a nice historic center and a busy nightlife.

Pernambuco Arena, located in the city of São Lourenço da Mata, metropolitan area of Recife, with access by bus or tram. So it's better get early to the stadium.

Matches in Recife

06/14, 19h - Ivory Coast x Japan (Group C)
06/20, 13h - Costa Rica x Italy (Group D)
06/23, 17h - Croatia x Mexico (Group A)
06/26, 13h - Germany x USA (Group G)
06/29, 17h - 1st Group D x 2nd Group C

Budget Hostels

Cosmopolitan Hostel
Albergue Piratas da Praia
Piratas do Sol
Boa Viagem

What to see besides the stadium

Marco Zero, in Recife Antigo district - Recife - Pernambuco - Brazil - World Cup 2014
Marco Zero, in Recife Antigo district
Recife has a very rich historic center. The Capibaribe river has a lot of ramifications which demanded the construction of several bridges. So, because of that, Recife is also known as 'Brazilian Venice'.

Boa Viagem is a very nice beach, worth visiting. But pay attention to the shark signs all over the beach. Sometimes it can be dangerous to get in the water.

Another places worth visiting are the bohemian district of Recife Antigo and Rua da Moeda.

Olinda is also a nice city to visit, really near to Recife.

Places to visit

- Recife Antigo
- Boa Viagem beach
- Olinda (nearby city)
- Boat Ride on Rio Capibaribe


Castelão - Fortaleza - Ceará - Brazil - World Cup 2014
Estádio Castelão
Fortaleza is a seaside city and one of the host cities closest to the Ecuador. So the visitors can enjoy the hot weather and the beaches even in winter.

Castelão Stadium attends 64 thousand people and it's close to the city airport.

Matches in Fortaleza

06/14, 16h - Uruguay x Costa Rica (Group D)
06/17, 16h - Brazil x Mexico (Group A)
06/21, 16h - Germany x Ghana (Group G)
06/24, 17h - Greece x Ivory Coast (Group C)
06/29, 13h - 1st Group B x 2nd Group A (Round of 16)
07/04, 17h - 1st A or 2nd B x 1st C or 2nd D (Round of 8)

Budget Hostels

Terra da Luz
Cearoca Hostel
Pousada do Suíço
Rolling Stone Hostel
At Home Hostel

What to see besides the stadium

Beach Park - Fortaleza - Ceará - Brasil - Copa do Mundo
Beach Park
Don't miss the chance to visit the beaches in Fortaleza and, if possible, sail as well.

Beach Park, biggest water park in Brazil, it's a must go attraction. There you can find the world's highest water slide with 41 meters of free fall (can you handle it?).

Benfica district is a good choice to go out at night for some drinks.

Places to visit

- Praia do Futuro
- Praia de Iracema
- Beira-mar
- Beach Park
- Dragão do Mar


Arena Pantanal - Cuiabá - Mato Grosso - Brazil - World Cup 2014
Arena Pantanal
The last white elephant of World Cup is in the city of Cuiabá, located in the Midwest region of the country and one of highest temperatures of all host cities, thermal sensation can get way above 40 degrees Celsius. Since it's too hot during the day, year round, people usually choose to go out at night to have fun.

Arena Pantanal was build where used to be the old stadium, “Verdão”, and it's located near city center, so there are lots of bars and restaurants near by.

Matches in Cuiabá

06/13, 18h - Chile x Australia (Group B)
06/17, 18h - Russia x South Korea (Group H)
06/21, 18h - Bosnia x Nigeria (Group F)
06/24, 16h - Colombia x Japan (Group C)

Budget Hostels

Hi Portal do Pantanal
Pousada Ecoverde
Hostel Safari Cuiabá

What to see besides the stadium

Catedral Metropolitana - Cuiabá - Mato Grosso - Brasil
Catedral Metropolitana
Fun in Cuiabá begins after sunset. Popular district is the meeting point. There you can find bars with big porches and tables facing the streets. You can also find pubs, breweries, all kinds of bars and restaurants. Doesn't matter if you are in a mood for italian, japanese, mexican food, fish, pizza, local food or burguers, that's the place to go. Theses places open everyday but bolo de arroz (typical local food) is only sold at night or early morning in some places.

Cuiabá is also the gateway to Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimarães, really beautiful places worth visiting.

Few Suggestions

- Catedral Metropolitana
- Teatro do SESC Arsenal
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito
- Centro Geodésico da América do Sul

See also

Other host cities:
World Cup Brazil 2014 - Touristic Guide - Intro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Brasília and Manaus
World Cup Brazil 2014 - Touristic Guide - Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Natal

All the blog posts in English

Blog posts in French

This post in portuguese:
Copa do Mundo 2014 - Guia turístico - Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortaleza e Cuiabá

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