SOCCER AT THE BRAZILIAN HIGHLANDS ARENA
Photo: Metropolitan Cathedral by Bruno Pinheiro
The federal capital of Brazil, Brasília, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the beginning of the 20th century. The city is home to architectural gems and cultural events, and boasts a bustling nightlife with numerous nightclubs and an extensive range of restaurants and leisure activities. You can taste a bit of everything in Brasilia: duck in tucupi sauce, feijoada (beans cooked with fresh and smoked meats and accompanied by traditional side dishes), barbecue, “galinha ao molho pardo” (chicken in blood sauce); and in addition to the international influences, there’s a well-balanced fusion of regional cuisine.
The city offers high quality services and an infrastructure sufficient for the needs of business and leisure tourists. And, to the delight of its nearly 3 million inhabitants, the city plan of Brasília has left enough space for green areas with beautiful trees and extensive lawns.
As one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup, the city completely redesigned and rebuilt the National Stadium of Brasília (formerly known as Mane Garrincha Stadium) which seats up to 71,000. According to Cities Minister, Aguinaldo Ribeiro, “The arena will feature a leisure and recreational area, with bars and restaurants, to ensure it is well utilized even after the World Cup.”
The hotels in Brasília have added over 11,500 new rooms to the existing inventory to better serve the tourists who visit the city during the 2014 World Cup.