The upcoming World Cup in Brazil holds an importance for soccer fans that goes far beyond the usual four-yearly event.
Although Canada have only appeared in the final of the prestigious competition once (in 1986), that doesn’t mean it’s not an important sporting occasion for avid fans. Unfortunately the Canadian squad hasn’t qualified for this year’s event, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the World Cup.
Of course for Brazil it is a different matter, as the country can boast being the only team to have played in every tournament and they have also won the trophy on more occasions than anyone else.
This year the FIFA World Cup will be the 20th event in the series and will be held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous one being in 1950.
For Canadians wishing to travel to the tournament, there is a Temporary Resident Visa and Permits and Travel Documents Application Process that you need to go through. Booking all the travel arrangements, from flights through to accommodation and car hire is simple through amex travel ca where you can do everything online and even earn extra reward points in the process.
Planning a trip to an event such as the Brazil World Cup 2014 means far more than getting tickets to games themselves, although that can be hard enough. Choosing where to stay can mean finding a base close enough to be able to travel around to see your favourite team play in several locations, or entail cleverly choosing where they might end up if lucky enough to get through to the later stages.
O Jogo Bonito (“The Beautiful Game”) is Brazil’s national sport and the fever associated with the World Cup is already gearing up to be in full swing. This means that hotel accommodation is in short supply during the June–July period in major cities such as Rio and also where it is still available prices are extremely high.
For the duration of the tournament visitors to Rio can expect to pay around $450 per night for a no-frills double room near the famous beaches.
An alternative Rio
The natives of Rio, Cariocas, are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit and staying with families who are putting up spare rooms for hire could be a great way of really getting into the spirit of the tournament.
Holiday apartments are another economical choice for longer stays, with week-long World Cup Packages at smart beach front studios and apartments in Copacabana starting at $4000 for up to 4 people.