Friday, May 9, 2014

World Cup 2014 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Welcome to the only guide you will need for your trip to see the World Cup 2014. Everything you will need to know about the city of Rio, where to stay, get tickets, the schedule, what to see and more is right here.


AROUND THE CITY



Botafogo: Come here for Rio’s designer boutiques, art galleries, and views of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Centro: Colonial-era structures and glass-and-steel office buildings fill the city’s commercial heart.
Copacabana: With its world-famous beach and raucous nightclubs, Copacabana is Rio’s touristy epicenter.
Ipanema: This trendy district draws crowds but is calmer than Copacabana. Outdoor cafés line the leafy avenues.
Jardim Botânico: The elegant Jardim Botânico edges the botanical gardens and hums with buzzy restaurants.
Santa Teresa: Artists flock to this hilly area for its bohemian bars and Guanabara Bay views.


STAY

Iberostar Bahia: It's a 5 star all-inclusive so you can eat and drink to your heart's desire. 

Casa Mosquito: Opened in 2011 on a hill above Ipanema, this 1940’s retreat is a mise-en-scène of tropical languor: palm-inspired print pillows; polished parquet; orchids everywhere. Sliding doors in the lobby open up to a sun-dappled patio that looks out over Copacabana’s rooftops; upstairs, the four rooms are decorated with paintings by local artists and have wide, private terraces. 
Copacabana Palace: Rio’s Neoclassical grande dame has lost none of her stateliness since the 1920’s glory days. Fresh off a $20 million makeover, the 145 contemporary rooms are done up in French fabrics and vibrant Brazilian artwork. Food is a highlight: the property’s six-seat chef’s table at Cipriani Restaurant is one of the hottest spots in town, while the Sunday brunch at Pérgula is perennially packed. 
Hotel Fasano Rio De Janeiro: The second branch of restaurateur Rogério Fasano’s understatedly chic brand appeals to both fashionable São Paulo senhoras and European hipsters. Philippe Starck–designed rooms have billowing silk curtains and 1960’s Sergio Rodrigues chairs; at the ground-floor Fasano al Mare restaurant, chef Paolo Lavezzini prepares scallop risotto and an outstanding rock lobster with broccoli soufflé. What we love most: the rooftop pool, with its knockout views of Ipanema’s crescent-shaped beach. 
Hotel Santa Teresa: If you’re looking for an intimate hideaway in sprawling Rio, this is it. There’s a lush garden with swooping, colorful birds; a mosaic-tiled eco-spa; and a quiet hilltop location in charming Santa Teresa. Rooms incorporate indigenous handicrafts from Minas Gerais and floors of glossy ipe hardwood. Ask about staff-led tours of the on-site art collection, which includes sculptures by such notable artists as Rock Lane. 
Mama Ruisa: Set in a colonial-style town house, the seven-bedroom Mama Ruisa is a study in quiet refinement: cedar shutters; French doors; illustrations by Jean Cocteau. The colonnaded veranda is the perfect place for a breakfast of fresh Brazilian fruit and gourmet cheeses, with the Guanabara Bay as your backdrop. 

SHOP


AusländerLocal designer Ricardo Bräutigam creates street clothes with serious attitude—semitransparent black-silk vests; T-shirts emblazoned with rebellious slogans—that are a hit among Rio’s young and stylish set.
Maz: With pop-up stores across the city and flash promotions around the world, designer and entrepreneur Juliana Hemerly Silva’s line has developed a cult following with its zany, colorful sneakers, made of foldable nylon and completely customizable.
Toca do Vinicius: Bossa nova aficionados will love this tiny Ipanema store—a temple to Brazil’s jazz-samba culture—packed with CD’s, vinyl, sheet music, and multilingual books that draw musicians of every skill level. The shop also hosts in-house concerts once a month, featuring leading bossa nova acts.
Gilson Martins: High-end-souvenir seekers won’t want to miss Gilson Martins’s namesake flagship in Ipanema. The Rio-born designer uses the city’s landmarks (Christ the Redeemer; the Lapa arches) as inspiration for the stylized patterns on his inimitable satchels, wallets, and handbags. His items are so iconic, they’ve been shown at the Louvre and Milan Design Week.
Casa DarosZurich-based art collector Ruth Schmidheiny just unveiled her 1,200-piece Latin American art collection in Botafogo following a six-year renovation of the 1866 building. Inside are works from more than 100 talents, including native sculptor Iole de Freitas and Argentine kinetic artist Julio Le Parc.
Maracanã StadiumFew activities in Rio can rival the thrill of watching a match at Brazil’s national soccer stadium—a symbol of the country’s futebol-centric culture—which reopened in June after a $500 million refurbishment. Originally built for the 1950 World Cup, the Maracanã will host the tournament’s championship game for the second time this year. Guided tours are available on non–game days.
Museu De Arte Do RioRio’s newest art museum is the anchor of the Port district revitalization project. Eight exhibition halls in the 20th-century palace feature rotating shows—watercolors of Sugarloaf Mountain; a colorful brick model of Rio’s favelas—that celebrate the city’s scenery and diversity, while art workshops are held in the glass-walled annex.
São Bento MonasteryBehind the 17th-century monastery’s austere façade, you’ll find such treasures as colonial-era panels, massive silver chandeliers, and an intricately carved, gold-plated altar. Don’t miss Sunday morning Mass, when resident monks sing Gregorian chant.
Teleférico Do Complexo Do AlemãoTake a cable car ride at dusk to see Rio’s curiously picturesque shantytowns, with their flickering lanterns and gas lamps.

EAT

Bar Do Mineiro: Santa Teresa residents fill this rustic lunchtime favorite to feast on home-style comfort food such as pork-and-black-bean feijoadaand chicken-and-okra stew—hearty recipes from the nearby mining state of Minas Gerais. If the dining room is packed, order a caipirinha, set yourself up at a sidewalk table, and take in the area’s artsy scene.
OlympeFollowing in the culinary footsteps of his father (who led the nouvelle cuisine movement in 1970’s France), Burgundy-born chef Claude Troisgros decamped for Rio, where he built a four-restaurant empire famous for combining French cooking traditions with local ingredients. At his first outpost, Troisgros whips up innovative dishes that pack a flavorful punch: duck magret with passion fruit; stuffed quail with onion-and-raisin manioc farofa. 
Oui OuiAfter Roberta Ciasca’s restaurant Miam Miam put up-and-coming Botafogo on the foodie map, the Cordon Bleu–trained chef pointed her talents toward Oui Oui, a tapas place that mixes the old-world (Art Deco chairs; ornate ironwork) with the kitsch (disco balls; fiberglass tables). The small, shareable portions are equally creative—tilapia with quinoa and olives; prawns with heart of pupunha (peach palm)—and pair well with any of the international wines. 
Roberta SudbrackSelf-taught chef Roberta Sudbrack cooked at Brazil’s presidential palace for seven years before striking out on her own, opening her namesake restaurant in charming Jardim Botânico. The ever-changing menu focuses on seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors; options may include slow-cooked lamb with chervil and potatoes or panqueca de doce de leite.
SatyriconYou’ll be hard-pressed to find better (or fresher) seafood than at Ipanema’s Italian-influenced Satyricon. Choose from the tank’s stock of live lobster and crayfish, or opt for delicacies such as the just-caught sea bream, baked in a rock-salt crust and served by waiters displaying the ideal degree of gravitas. 
Rio ScenariumAmid a scenic clutter of esoteric objects and art, the former antiques gallery turned landmark rocks out every night to five-act musical extravaganzas.
Carioca da GemaThe pioneering hot spot regularly scoops awards for note-perfect samba and jazz shows performed in a two-story town house.
Circo Voador: Bands from all over the world come to play at this cultural center; the energy on the dance floor is uniquely Brazilian.

TICKETS

World Cup tickets are available through the FIFA website or through travel agencies. The cost will vary according to where you're sitting and how far along the match is in the championship. World Cup tickets will not be released all at once, and some countries will have more tickets allotted to them than others. Check with your national soccer federation for more information (i.e., the United States Soccer Federation or theEnglish Football Association).

TIPS


  • Get there early—one or two hours before the match—to mingle with other fans, have a drink, and let expectations build.
  • No outside food or drink will be allowed into stadiums.
  • Bring cash, preferably small bills, and do not carry backpacks or valuables.
  • Never underestimate traffic and the long lines generated at World Cup games. In South Africa, many fans missed the first half of matches because they couldn't get into the stadium on time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, as it will be a long day.
  • The matches will happen during Brazil's winter, so a light jacket is a good idea, particularly in the South.
  • Do not expect to find a taxi to or from the stadium; plan to walk to the nearest public transportation option.
  • Think of it as a pilgrimage, and enjoy the experience, hassles and all.

SCHEDULE

Group A
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
106/125pmBrazil vs. CroatiaSão Paulo
206/131pmMexico vs. CameroonNatal
1706/174pmBrazil vs. MexicoFortaleza
1806/183pmCameroon vs. CroatiaManaus
3306/235pmCameroon vs. BrazilBrasília
3406/235pmCroatia vs. MexicoRecife
Group B
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
306/134pmSpain vs. NetherlandsSalvador
406/136pmChile vs. AustraliaCuiabá
1906/187pmSpain vs. ChileRio De Janeiro
2006/181pmAustralia vs. NetherlandsPorto Alegre
3506/231pmAustralia vs. SpainCuritiba
3606/231pmNetherlands vs. ChileSão Paulo
Group C
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
506/141pmColombia vs. GreeceBelo Horizonte
606/147pmCôte d'Ivoire vs. JapanRecife
2106/191pmColombia vs. Côte d'IvoireBrasília
2206/197pmJapan vs. GreeceNatal
3706/244pmJapan vs. ColombiaCuiabá
3806/245pmGreece vs. Côte d'IvoireFortaleza
Group D
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
706/144pmUruguay vs. Costa RicaFortaleza
806/149pmEngland vs. ItalyManaus
2306/194pmUruguay vs. EnglandSão Paulo
2406/201pmItaly vs. Costa RicaRecife
3906/241pmItaly vs. UruguayNatal
4006/241pmCosta Rica vs. EnglandBelo Horizonte
Group E
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
906/151pmSwitzerland vs. EcuadorBrasília
1006/154pmFrance vs. HondurasPorto Alegre
2506/204pmSwitzerland vs. FranceSalvador
2606/207pmHonduras vs. EcuadorCuritiba
4106/254pmHonduras vs. SwitzerlandManaus
4206/255pmEcuador vs. FranceRio De Janeiro
Group F
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
1106/157pmArgentina vs. Bosnia- HerzegovinaRio De Janeiro
1206/164pmIran vs. NigeriaCuritiba
2706/211pmArgentina vs. IranBelo Horizonte
2806/216pmNigeria vs. Bosnia- HerzegovinaCuiabá
4306/251pmNigeria vs. ArgentinaPorto Alegre
4406/251pmBosnia- Herzegovina vs. IranSalvador
Group G
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
1306/161pmGermany vs. PortugalSalvador
1406/167pmGhana vs. USANatal
2906/214pmGermany vs. GhanaFortaleza
3006/223pmUSA vs. PortugalManaus
4506/261pmUSA vs. GermanyRecife
4606/261pmPortugal vs. GhanaBrasília
Group H
MatchDate-TimeMatch-UpVenue
1506/171pmBelgium vs. AlgeriaBelo Horizonte
1606/176pmRussia vs. Korea RepublicCuiabá
3106/227pmBelgium vs. RussiaRio De Janeiro
3206/221pmKorea Republic vs. AlgeriaPorto Alegre
4706/265pmKorea Republic vs. BelgiumSão Paulo
4806/265pmAlgeria vs. RussiaCuritiba