Welcome to the World Cup in 2014
Everyone here is incredibly excited about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - it's been a long time coming and with the next two World Cups in the... less attractive... destinations of Russia and Qatar, we think 2014 will be the best World Cup for a generation.
However, as well as frankly exorbitant rates, hotels in the World Cup cities are also charging for minimum 30-day stays, so even if you only stay for two days, you pay for the whole month. This isn't the sort of thing we like to do to our customers, so we've been looking around for something a little different... and now we think we've found it!
We're partnering with one of the world's largest camping tour operators to offer a range of all-inclusive camping packages during the World Cup. Based in Rio, Salvador and Natal, each campsite will have comfortable pre-assembled tents, a swimming pool, on-site football pitches and large screens for watching the action.
For matches in your host city, we arrange free transfers with guides to and from the games, and we'll be running regular shuttles between the campsites and some of the best beaches in Brazil. Even better, we're also including unlimited beer and caipirinhas during your stay!
Now the World Cup is over, all eyes are on Rio ahead of the Olympics games being held there in 2016. This time around we won't be offering camping, but we have a lovely boutique hotel in Rio for the whole of the Olympic period: why not have a look?
See our Olympics info
All the different cities have something to offer, so no matter which team you're following and no matter where their group games fall, you're guaranteed a good time at World Cup 2014.
Belo Horizonte: Mineirão
(planned capacity: 70,000)
Belo Horizonte was the original purpose built capital of Brazil and is Brazil's third-biggest city. It is located inland, to the north of Rio de Janeiro and can be reached by bus from there in 7 hours or on a 50-minute flight. The city hosts some modern architectural icons and provides easy access to southern parts of the Atlantic Rainforest as well as the nearby colonial towns of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes. Oh, and the football fans here are arguably the most passionate in Brazil...
Brasilia: Estadio Nacional
(planned capacity: 71,500)
One of the strangest cities in the world, Brasilia is famed for its modernist architecture, designed by the World famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, as well as the fact that from the air, the city is designed to look like an airplane. Although it's the capital it's not known as a footballing powerhouse but you can be sure this brand-new stadium will be packed for every game.
Cuiaba: Arena Pantanal
(planned capacity: 42,500)
Possibly the most controversial stadium of the lot is in the small town of Cuiaba. Although it's the capital of Matto Grosso state and lies at the centre point of the South American continent, it's a small place and there are a lot of doubts about the viability of the stadium after World Cup 2014. However, cuiabanos are a friendly lot, and you're perfectly-placed for a wildlife trip into the Panatanal...
Curitiba: Arena da Baixada
(planned capacity: 41,000)
The home of Atletico Paranense is a proper sensibly-sized football stadium for a proper football team. Although they're not a glamour side, Atletico have been a regular feature in the Brazilian top-flight and we think this might end up being one of the stand-out venues for the 2014 World Cup. Curitiba's a nice place as well, and although it lacks the stand-out tourist attractions of some of the other host cities it's a pleasant city with good connections to the rest of Brazil.
(planned capacity: 66,000)
By contrast, the Castelão in Fortaleza seems way too big for its boots. Fortaleza's a big enough city but the two main football teams are in the second and third divisions respectively and just don't attract crowds big enough to fill this great arena. To be fair, it was the first stadium to be ready for the World Cup and it's a great stadium. Also, Fortaleza hosts an off-season carnival called ‘Fortal’ in July, meaning a visit here offers the great combination of football and partying.
Manaus: Arena da Amazonia
(planned capacity: 50,000)
Manaus is a very big city plonked right in the middle of the Amazon jungle, and so if you're attending any matches here you'll be perfectly placed for a trip into the rainforest. It's not a football town, though, and many people feel this is the biggest World Cup white elephant of all.
Natal: Arena das Dunas
(planned capacity: 45,000)
Located just south along the coast from Fortaleza, Natal benefits from the same year-round hot climate which means trips to the cities beaches will not be a problem. A highlight here has to be a trip to the beach of Maracaja located just 37 miles from Natal. Some of the purest crystalline waters in Brazil can be found here and the Maracaja reefs are perfect for snorkelling and diving.
Porto Alegre: Estadio Beira-Rio
(planned capacity: 62,000)
As the furthest south of all the host cities, it is likely that the July climate in Porto Alegre will be slightly cooler than in other cities, but the football action will be just as hot. Those wanting to gain a quick overview of many of the main sites here will want to hop on the Linha Turismo. This 1 hour / 20 minute open-top tour bus ride will take you around all the main attractions in the city and audio guides are provided in three languages.
Recife: Arena Pernambuco
(planned capacity: 46,000)
Just like Fortaleza and Natal, Recife lies on the North-eastern coast and so you can expect good temperatures and weather. While Recife has its own beaches for you to enjoy, it may be the case that you would prefer to visit the stunning Atlantic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, which is a short plane trip away. These beautiful islands, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, offer some of the most mesmerising beaches in Brazil, if not the world. Here there is also an array of wildlife to view both above water on the islands and underwater on dive trips into the deep crystalline blue waters that surround these gems in the Atlantic.
(planned capacity: 71,000)
Undoubtedly one of the places to visit on any trip to Brazil, the fact that it also contains the world famous Maracana stadium, where the World Cup 2014 final will be held, lends even more reason as to why a World Cup holiday to Brazil should feature a stop here. This ex-capital city has much to offer. Days can be spent sipping a cocktail on Ipanema beach, eating smoked trout on Leblon beach or doing both on Copacobana beach! There is the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to see, from where you can get incredible views looking out across the city and the harbour which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. For a totally different view you can get the cable-car to the top of the sugarloaf mountain. Of course, being Brazil’s second largest city, it is also the case that Rio has many museums and other cultural sites worth visiting.
Salvador: Arena Fonte Nova
(planned capacity: 55,000)
The city of Salvador is know for its easy-going population and has earned itself the nickname ‘Brazil’s capital of happiness’. Being the old Portuguese colonial capital it has many fine examples of colonial architecture on show, most of which can be found in the historic centre, known as the Pelourinho, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As with other cities along the coast, Salvador has many beaches you can visit, over 31 miles worth of them to be exact! Many of them award winning, they offer different types perfect for all activities whether it be relaxing with a drink, a spot of fishing, hitting the surf or just soaking up some rays.
São Paulo: Itaquerão
(planned capacity: 68,000)
After a huge saga of construction delays, corruption allegations and just about everything else you can imagine, it does finally look as though the new Corinthians stadium will be ready on time... Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest city and as you would expect from such a big place, there is much to explore and discover. One of the things that might surprise you it’s the amount of good-quality sushi on offer due to the large number of Japanese immigrants here! There are many museums, parks and other places to visit but being such a large city you may not have to much time and taking the historical bus tour is a great way to see much of the place in a day.