Essentially everything comes down to three simple things: destination, accommodation and transportation. Let`s brake things up starting with the basic!
FIFA 2014 World Cup will kick off in Brazil from 12 June until 13 July. The initial games in each group will be played in 12 different cities: Cuiaba, Curitiba, Manaus, Natal, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Sao Paulo Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro for the finals. The best place to start your search is from the FIFA official website where you`ll find all the informations about game schedules, tickets, lists of accommodations and so on…
Since Brazil is a vast country there is a big distance between cities, and that can be a potential problem. For example, Manaus and Porto Alegre are 1.900 miles away, eight of them are close to the coast, Cuiaba is in the Marco Grosso while others are deep in the Amazon. Also there is the nature of the cities that has to be taken into consideration, as well as the climate that can vary from costal moderation in Porto Alegro to tropical in Manaus. I also heard that Curitiba can be pretty cold!
Flying to Rio or Sao Paulo isn’t a problem and it`s usually one stop from most big cities around the world. Most times one through ticket from one of the cities that has a connection in Rio, Sao Paulo, Lima or Bogota is less expensive than booking them separately. You will also have to remember that Brazil has no long-distance trains so it`s either flying or taking the bus. Visit BuscaOnibus for more bus info and details.
If taking the month off is out of question, than you`ll have to carefully time your visit. Picking a host city and seeing whatever games is probably the least expensive way. Worst case scenario, you can see four games spread over 11 days. Settling for Brasilia or Rio for the finals is also a good way to go. If you want to follow your national team than you`ll have to do some traveling after the first three games which can be expensive.
Make sure you check for local activities and learn about your surroundings! Since every round comes with a three days brake and the finals are one week from the semis, you`ll have tons of time for sightseeing and exploring. Maybe you should consider seeing the Amazon rainforest, relax on a beach or simply experience the urban jungle that is called of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Maybe a package tour that includes sightseeing makes more sense.
Know that FIFA is the only official outlet for tickets but there are other third-party sellers. The early rounds can cost from $90 to $175 and the finals can range from $440 to $990. Hurry up and register for official tickets because some games are already sold out.
Beware of the inflation because Brazilian hoteliers, local restaurant and shop owners have decided to make a good profit during game time. Some hotels have doubled and even tripled their regular prices.
At the end stay alert for last-minute deals! Since everything is overhyped at the start many hotels have jack up rates which can backfire and nobody will want to pay the inflated prices. In that case some rates can drop dramatically and maybe you can score a good deal.