Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 2, 2012 8:48 AM Last Post By: amobr82
Oct 30, 2012 3:57 AM
I'm looking into a 1 Month tour of Brazil for the 2014 World Cup....
I'll go for the last two weeks of the tournament, I want to party and get into the festival spirit.
Surely going to be the best World Cup ever!!! And one amazing party!
The second half of the tour I want to explore the country. Amazon, Brazil/Argentina Boarder etc.
Can anyone give me advice on how to get this started? I have never been to South America before and I'm not interested in standard package holidays.
Obviously the first two weeks I'll be staying in one or more of the host cities (Rio is a definite)
But after that? Which cities would you recommend?
Which tour operator can I trust to plan this for me, if any?
How have YOU done it? And is anyone else out there planning to do the same?
FYI - budget of over £4000
I look forward to hearing comments.
Oct 30, 2012 5:43 AM
1The most expensive and chaotic World Cup ever you mean!
I have been to several World Cups, Euros, and Copa Americas in the far and recent past, and now they now are being designed by madmen with no thought to the average fan. Brazil 2014 will be the frankenclusterf#ck. One example is not having the groups based in the same geographical area.
It is going to be a complete disaster.
If you are actually planning to go to some of the matches, you had better start at least doubling your budget.
Oct 30, 2012 11:55 AM
2Not interested in standard package holidays, but you want to know what tour operator will plan this for you? With a tour operator you're unlikely to get anything besides a standard package holiday. What is it you're hoping for, exactly? Pretty much everybody around here plans their own trips, I think.
Everything is going to be so crazy different during and just after the World Cup, I'm not sure I can give any useful suggestions. Just do some reading about what areas you want to visit so you can start making plans later. There are probably package tours already being sold, but I don't think you'd be able to do much so far in advance otherwise. I get that there will need to be advance planning, but if you chose hotels and agencies now, they might not even exist by 2014! Do keep in mind that 2 weeks isn't very long in Brazil. You'll have to choose perhaps three or four places to visit.
Oct 31, 2012 5:47 AM
3Other cities I'd recommend: Salvador and Bahia's beach towns. Pretty different from the UK.
Iguacu Falls on the Brazil/Argentina border is a fantastic sight, but apart from seeing the waterfalls (which takes 1-2 days) there isn't a heap to do.
Most people see the Amazon by flying into Manaus then going on a tour for a few days.
There are heaps of other things to do, these are probably the most popular among foreign tourists.
I have no idea about tour operators. I generally try to cover big distances in Brazil with flights (airlines like Webjet, Azul and Gol often have good prices, though during the World Cup they won't). The alternative is travelling around by bus, unless you want to hire a car.
Oct 31, 2012 10:18 AM
4Thanks for the reply. I should state that actually going to the games is not a priority, to obtain tickets I mean. Purely to soak up the atmosphere! Maybe 1 week in rio and another in...?
Then I would like to know how easy (or not) it is to get around. To all the spectacular stuff. I'm guessing a bus journey is incredibly long? How did you get around? Did you pay for each flight separately or is there some sort of package?
Oct 31, 2012 10:20 AM
Nov 1, 2012 11:08 AM
Nov 2, 2012 8:48 AM
7It seems incredibly absurd to visit Brazil at the most expensive and crowded and chaotic it may ever be simply for atmosphere, "to party and get into the festival spirit", if "actually going to the games is not a priority". Why go to a country when you won't be able to experienceany bit of the unique culture of that country itself, except diluted by and over the shoulders of a million of your closest gringo friends? Go at Carnaval, which is expensive, but at least gives you some taste of the culture. Or go to your corner bar to watch the games on TV with other drunk gringos and/or Brazilians. Brazil is not going to be nearly prepared (IMO) to host the expected crowds, in everything from airports to hotels to food/drink to whatever, and you will be among endless swarms of other tourists just working hard to get the simple business of getting from point A to point B accomplished and finding a place to lay your head without losing all you brought. If you want to throw away money, toss some in my direction; I'm not too proud to be on the receiving end of the phrase " A fool and his money...." I'll take it and find somewhere maybe outside Brazil to hole up until the madness passes. BTW, I could live comfortably for 7+ months or more where I am in Brazil on GBP4000.
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