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World Cup puts Brazil in the spotlight
20th Sep 2011 by Travelsphere
Individuals looking to sample the many delights of a visit to South America could be tempted to discover the wonders of Brazil, with the country poised to hold the next football World Cup in 2014.
Not just a magnet for fans of the beautiful game, Brazil offers a host of attractions for visitors of all tastes, with beautiful, secluded cities in the heart of the Amazon forest and thriving metropolises such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo.
World Cup 2014
Having secured the bid to host arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, Brazil is now gearing up to put on a fantastic show for visitors in 2014.
Marco Lomanto, director of products and destinations for Embratur, said the event will help to bring economic benefits to all parts of the country.
He commented: "Brazil now is developing [marketing] promotions, especially for the 12 host cities [of the 2014 Fifa World Cup].
"It means that Sao Paulo, Rio and all those cities from the north-east and the centre of Brazil that have beautiful landscapes [and] waterfalls, [will be promoted for people to go and visit]."
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Manaus, Belo Horizonte, Natal, Fortaleza, Curitiba, Salvador, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Recife and Porto Alegre will all be hosting games during the event, with 2014 being the first time the global football gathering has taken place in South America since Argentina were the hosts in 1978.
Brazil has won the World Cup five times and is the most successful country in the event's history.
All-round beauty in Brazil
Football is not the only attraction in this alluring destination, with cultural retreats like the city Manaus that can be found deep in the heart of the Amazon basin.
Guests will be able to enjoy a cruise along the famous river to reach their destination, which even features a beautiful opera house built in the European style from imported materials.
Mr Lomanto added: "It's a nice city and you can stay [there] - they have beautiful lodges in the forest to stay in."
Another natural wonder that highlights the stunning beauty and grandeur of Brazil is Iguacu Falls, which is found on the border with Argentina and features 300 falls over a two-and-a-half mile stretch. It is one of the seven wonders of the world and is a sight not be missed.
Rio de Janeiro is another destination that travellers will not want to miss out on, with its vibrant street life and passionate locals making the city an interesting and exciting place for tourists to discover - all in the shadow of the iconic 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer that towers above and spreads its arms over the city from its perch atop Corcovado.