Brazil has undergone a lot of changes recently. Being named as a World Cup 2014 and an Olympics 2016 destination has only served to put the country on the map, and with the World Cup games still in full swing, you can still catch the final if you’re quick.
The World Cup final 2014 will take place in the Estádio Maracanã on Sunday 13th July, which could be unlucky for some, particularly the hosting country, who suffered at the hands of die Mannschaft in the semi-finals. If you want to see the sensational Argentina vs. Germany final, you’re either crazy or soccer crazy, but whichever it is, Rio de Janeiro is an amazing location for sightseers and backpackers.
If you check out my Best Countries for Backpacking Map, you’ll see that 11 world travel experts ranked Brazil as 4/5 on the scale, for that simple reason that is an amazing place to travel. From budget prices to loving people who are full of kisses and having a good time, there are few better places to backpack.
Brazil has changed a lot since the World Cup. It is noted as being greener, more economically stable and happier, with the statistics speaking for themselves: while the average developing country emits 4.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, Brazil’s residents only emit 2.2 tonnes. Brazil’s economy is now the seventh largest in the world and its citizens have a higher level of life satisfaction than South Africa, Iran and Azerbaijan. These are all changes which have occurred in the last 50 years and more specifically, have been enhanced with the World Cup.
But this is about more than just the World Cup – Brazil is a fantastic backpacking destination, in particular Rio de Janeiro, where backpackers can stay for as little as $13 per night. Head to any albergue to make the most of these cheap details – you may have to forgo your home comforts such as hot water, but with the beautiful Copacabana nearby, water is at your disposal. While you’re in Rio, it would be a crime to miss the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and there’s also a fantastic night life if you really want to indulge in some culture.
You can also get around cheaply and easily in Brazil, with buses from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador, which offers cultural delights in a 17th century colonial city. If you can afford it, try flying into Manaus too, where you can breathe in the ‘lungs of the Earth,’ the Amazon Rainforest.
Brazil may be on the map now as a sporting capital, but it’s also a cultural and natural wonder, which can provide plenty of memories and photo opportunities for those who want to open their eyes.