Rio de Janeiro is one of the oldest large cities in Brazil, having been founded in 1565, and serving as the Brazilian capital for nearly 200 years before it was replaced by Brasilia in 1960. Despite this change of the political base of the country, the city of Rio de Janeiro has remained as the country’s most popular tourist destination and cultural hot spot, as well as the country’s second most populous metropolis with just over 6 million inhabitants.
While the numerous beaches are the most popular destination within the city, Rio also boasts incredible attractions & museums as well as natural landmarks like Parque Nacional de Tijuca and the more famous Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains. Football, along with music and the beach, is an integral part of the city’s culture with four of the country’s most popular clubs based in Rio. Visitors should not find it surprising to see cariocas (residents of Rio) kicking, juggling and dribbling balls everywhere from the streets to parks and even beaches, where footvolley is a popular pastime.
During The World Cup
Rio de Janeiro will play host to seven World Cup matches at the famous Estadio do Maracanã, including the thrilling World Cup final on July 13. Built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, Maracanã is rich in Brazilian soccer history. The stadium has been newly renovated specifically for the 2014 World Cup, including new seats, roof, state-of-the-art screens and pitch, all lending themselves to the awe-inspiring feeling shared by every soccer fan lucky enough to step through its gates.
Like Maracanã, much of greater Rio has also experienced an update with hotels implementing modern renovations, new restaurants opening and additional metro stops being constructed. These infrastructure updates only go to perfect a city that has been already been blessed geographically with stunning mountains, valleys, beaches and forests. Rio’s envious reputation of being one of the most beautiful places in the world will not soon be abandoned.
The Beck & Score World Cup Experience
It’s for these reasons that Beck & Score has rooted its main base of operations in Rio. Having secured the best ticket-inclusive hospitality packages to all of Rio’s World Cup matches, 5-star hotel accommodations and reserved access to million dollar penthouses, Beck & Score guests will want for nothing in Rio.
Beck & Score has also logistically enabled Rio to function as a “base camp” for its clients. This means that guests have the option of residing in Rio for the entirety of their stay while conveniently taking day trips to surrounding cities to see their teams in action. It’s a strategy that allows guests take in the best of Brazil while not sacrificing the once-in-a-lifetime soccer experiences that can only be offered by a Brazilian World Cup.