In a couple of months, Brazil will take centre stage as they get ready to host the FIFA World Cup championships at several venues around the country. The final will be held at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro. In preparation, we look at some of Rio’s main attractions including Copacabana beach, the Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Recently, the Maracana open air stadium has started undergoing renovations that include new seating, colour coded to represent the national colours of the Brazilian flag, this seating will accommodate up to around 73,500 spectators, making it the largest stadium in South America.
In 2012, 155,548 British nationals visited Brazil. Best known for its beaches, the Atlantic ocean facing beaches have plenty to offer whether you are a sunseeker or not. Home to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, Copacabana has many attractions that include restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Amateur footballers can soak up the sun while kicking a ball along 2.5 miles of stunning sandy beaches. Next stop is Sugarloaf Mountain situated at the heart of Guanabara Bay, its name is taken from the peaks that are said to resemble the shape of refined loaf sugar. Tourists wishing to reach the top can take a cable car, offering a 360 degree view of the city along the breathtaking panoramic views of Pao de Acucar and Morro da Urca. For diehard James Bond fans, you may recall the cable car fight between Bond and Jaws in the film 'Moonraker'.
If you have the time, a visit to the statue of Christ the Redeemer is worth taking. Standing 30 metres high at the top of Corcovado, it is made of concrete and sandstone. A chapel situated underneath the statue allows Catholics to hold baptisms and weddings. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the statue was illuminated with green and yellow lights in support of the Brazilian national football squad.
In Brazil, public healthcare is government controlled, opening up an extensive market for private providers. Therefore, make sure that you are covered with our medical travel insurance before you travel. You may find that whilst admissions staff may not speak English, a majority of medical practioners do. Public funded Brazilian hospitals/clinics will treat an emergency but you need to be aware that they do not offer aftercare.
Stay safe and keep luggage with you at all times until you reach your accommodation.
To get the latest travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/brazil