Getting to Know the Cities of Brazil World Cup 2014 (Part 2)
Brazil has it all: sun, rainforest, rivers, beaches, and of course, soccer! Travelers to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (June 12 to July 13, 2014), how well do you know the cities you’ll be trekking to? This year’s World Cup will take place over twelve cities scattered across South America’s largest country: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, and Manaus.
Last time, we examined the first four of the twelve Brazilian cities
hosting the 2014 World Cup—Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and Cuiaba. In this article, we’ll examine the next four cities of Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, and Sao Paulo.
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Now that you have your Brazil visa and your flight ready to go, let’s explore Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, and Sao Paulo!
FORTALEZA Stadium: Estadio Castelao
Way at the northeast corner of Brazil, Fortaleza is known for being a major beach town, with over 21 miles of beaches within the city and without. The nightlife is also abuzz with clubs, restaurants, and street food. The Estadio Castelao is newly renovated and can house over 58,700 spectators. Some of its great attractions include increased public transportation, such as a light rail, metro, and increased lanes for bus lines to arrive at the stadium.
MANAUS Stadium: Arena Amazonia
In the wilds of the Amazon Rainforest is the stunning city of Manaus, an oasis of civilization that includes a world-class stadium ready for 42,377 World Cup fans. Like Cuiaba’s Estadio Pantanal, the Arena Amazonia is built to green standards, using solar energy and collected rainwater to hydrate the playing field. A perfect site for the lover of futebol and the outdoors, Manaus is also the junction of two major rivers, the Negro and Solimoes, which results in a remarkable natural feature of black and golden waters running together. A must-see for any traveler to Brazil.
NATAL Stadium: Estadio das Dunas
North of Recife and just south of Manaus, Natal is called Cidade do Sol
, or Sun City, for having over 300 days of sunny weather a year. Natal has a small-town life, but with over 90 beaches, and its famous sand dunes, for which its stadium is named. Horseback, or donkey, or camel!, riding, ATV driving are popular ways of exploring the lush landscape. The refurbished Estadio das Dunas beautifully mimicks the dunes around it, and seats 42,000 fans.
SAO PAULO Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo
Ethnically diverse, densely populated, and with more than 11 million residents, Sao Paulo is as far from Manaus as you can go. It’s the biggest city in Brazil and a true metropolis. Not only is it ethnically diverse, with immigrants from China, Japan, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Syria, among others, it also has what may be the largest LGBT community in the continent. As the financial center of the country, it also boasts one of the biggest stadiums, the Arena de Sao Paulo, which seats over 65,000 fans.
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