The final four cities in our overview of Brazil’s host cities for the 2014 World Cup are last but certainly not least. From the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, that has become the most expensive stadium, to the Arena Amazonia, that has natural wonders, there is no shortage of excitement and development to experience.
As you may have gathered by this stadium’s name, Estadio Nacional is located in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia. While admittedly Rio de Janiero gets all the hype from the media, Brasilia is the official capital of the country and has a perfect grid of wide avenues, well-planned residential and commercial neighbourhoods and contemporary architecture. The stadium housed here is the nation’s second largest World Cup venue, hosts more than 70,000 fans and will host seven world cup matches including a quarter final match and the third-place match. It is also the most expensive World Cup venue in Brazil with a new façade, a metal roof and stands, and even a lowered pitch that will create unobstructed views from every single seat in the stadium—it’s a stadium built for the football fanatic.
Unlike other beachside towns in Brazil, Natal has an unusual attraction—buggy rides. In addition to pristine sandy beaches and waters, Natal has incredible, towering sand dunes which explains why buggy rides are so popular. Once you are done with football and sand dunes, head to Via Costeira, a bustling avenue full of shops and restaurants ripe for relaxation. Natal’s stadium was newly constructed for the games and was designed and named after the sand dunes they are so famous for. It will host four matches and has been designed as a multi-purpose building to carry on its life after the World Cup has finished in July.
Manaus sits at the joint of two major rivers that come crashing together. Instead of mixing, there is a stunning sight to behold: the gritty, brown, tumbling waters of the Amazon flow adjacent to the dark, rumbling waters of the Negro river. Manaus is the largest city in the Amazon and is a striking urban landscape surrounded by the rain forest. The stadium in this city was designed to resemble a straw basket, a product that this region is famous for creating—in fact many spectators have already drawn comparisons between this stadium and the Bird’s Nest Stadium from the Beijing Olympics. The stadium is located in the Ponta Negra district, near downtown Manaus and the 44,500 capacity stadium will host four World Cup matches.
Fans who visit Curitaba for the World Cup will see matches in the Arena da Baixada, which was renovated to increase its capacity from 33,000 fans to upwards of 45,000 fans. There will be four group-stage matches hosted at this stadium and it is very easy to get to. Curitaba has one of Brazil’s best qualities of life, and for a place that’s known as the Green Capital, it’s no surprise that they are committed to improving levels of pollution and auto traffic. There is a low-cost public transportation system and the Tourism Line is a hop-on, hop-off bus line that will take you through all of the major sites in the city like the Wire Opera House and the Botanical Garden of Curitaba.
As you finalize your plans for the World Cup, be sure to consider the final four host cities as a potential stop-over on your tour on Brazil and don’t forget to pack your international travel insurance from Cover-More. Wild and wonderful experiences await you in Brazil and with travel insurance from Cover-More, you’ll be covered against any unexpected events that may occur.
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