Summer in Brazil

Summer in BrazilBrazil is often described as one of the most exciting places on the planet. So when the FIFA World Cup rolls into town, you know you’re in for a treat. The sport is synonymous with the samba nation and whether you like football or not it will be impossible to not fall in love with the electric atmosphere that will spill from the sands of the Copacabana beach all the way into deep Amazonia.

The tournament is expected to kick-start a period when Brazil will go all out to showcase what it has to offer, continuing all the way through to the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

So what better time to visit?

The carnival city of Rio will be awash with colour this year, with some of its most famous landmarks and monuments being the backdrop to thousands upon thousands of happy memories. One such landmark of course is Christ the Redeemer.

The 98ft statue of Jesus, which is known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, stands atop of the Corcovado Mountain, and as the summer draws in even Christ himself will no doubt look down on the city with envy.

The Copacabana is of course a hotspot, from the beautiful women that line the beach to the luxury  hotels that lie behind it, offering an unrivalled place to relax as well as hosting major events that over the years have included The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and even the BSOP.

As you head into the city, and into the neighbourhoods beyond you can experience Brazil as it’s meant to be. Lapa is located in the very heart of Rio and is known for its wild nightlife and historical monuments.

Music is a big part of this, and attracts locals from all over the city to enjoy the samba, forro and choro.

Of course this summer is all about football too. And there’s no better way to experience Brazil and Rio’s rich footballing heritage than at the Maracana stadium. You can step out into the tunnel where the likes of Ronaldo, Zico, and the great Pele have tread whilst viewing what will be the centrepiece for the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in two years’ time.

It’s going to be an exciting few years for the South American country, and whilst sport will be at the forefront of this, the colour, vibrancy, and truly unique surroundings will no doubt burst through and make Rio the place to visit for many, many years to come.

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