If you're a soccer fan, Brazil is paradise. Locals will be talking about it, the newspapers will cover every aspect of it and it's always on the television. If you visit Rio, try to plan your trip when there is a match going on between two rival teams. I saw Flamengo play Vasco de Gama in Maracana (the world's largest stadium) and it was truly amazing.
Beach volley is the second most popular sport in Brazil after football.
You will find lot´s of people playing it on the big city beaches, especially late in the afternoon.
The standards can be very high at times and several of the best european and north american beach volley players spend a great deal of the year practising with the brazilians on the beaches there.
I am not a surfer and never did it, but as I am an experienced traveller around Brazil I am sure that -if you are a surfer and want to practise it there- you will find great places to surf around! Generally brazilian beaches have good and huge waves, so it must be a surfer's paradise! :-)
Especially known for good surfing are:
Florianopolis: Praia da Joaquina (south of Brazil)
Saquarema: (150 kms north from Rio)
Rio de Janeiro: Barra da Tijuca beach
If you want to please check out following webpages about surfing in Brazil :
http://surfbrasil.virtualave.net/ (there under "Links" you will find some useful liknks to surfing pages in Brazil)
http://br.cade.dir.yahoo.com/Esporte/Esportes_de_Aventura/Surf/index17.html (here also surf-links from Brazil)
http://br.dir.yahoo.com/regional/paises/brasil/estados/rio_de_janeiro/cidades/rio_de_janeiro/esportes_e_lazer/Surf/ (links to surf pages -Rio)
http://www.easydrop.com/port/easydrop.htm (school in Bahia)
http://me.desmond.com/surf/index-br.htm (photos from surf places and beaches around Brazil)
If you want to be in Rio de Janeiro and to surf there, I have also a very good friend in Rio (native carioca, but not surfer) who does speak english and know very well the beaches (Barra da Tijuca, Saquarema, etc.), he maybe could meet you up and go with you to the places of interest.....just write me, if you are interested!
Equipment: Another great place to surf between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is Itamambuca beach in Ubatuba. Ubatuba has 50 beaches and many of them are good to surf and usually gather the surf crowd. See "Surf Ubatuba" webpage:
Itamambuca helds an international surf competition in July which is a great ocasion to visit the place.
There are tons of cheap pousadas surf style around. Take a look at Itamambuca Eco Resort
- they have a spacious camping area right by the beach, there are also chalés and a high standard hotel.
If you are a surfer and will be in Brazil soon maybe you want to see a surfer's championship, so here a calendar with dates of activities in different parts of Brazil in 2003:
19 a 23 de março
Maresias / SP
30 de abril a 4 de maio
Torres / RS
2 a 6 de julho Ubatuba / SP
3 a 7 de setembro
Itacaré / BA
5 a 9 de novembro
Saquarema / RJ
There are also many other beach activities that Brazilians enjoy, including volleyball, strutting around looking good, beach soccer and foot volleyball (pictured here). Foot volleyball was incredible to watch. It's just like volleyball, except they don't use their hands. These guys kick, chest, head, shoulder and knee the ball over the net and the skill level required is extremely high.
Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro was one of the best things I did on my whole trip. The feeling was very peaceful and the view was beautiful and it really made me envious of birds!
Unfortunately, a couple weeks after I did this an instructor and his student were killed in an accident and all tandem jumps were barred. You'll want to check with local companies to make sure they are back to jumping.
A Brazil trip is not complete without having been to a football game.
The brazilians are extremely passionate about the sport and also the best in the world at it.
Every single brazilain has a favorite footballl club even if they claim they are not that interested in the game.
If you are in Rio you also have the chance to visit one of the biggest stadiums in the world, the Maracana stadium.
Itacaré is a small village located in the Costa do Cacau (Cocoa Coast) in Bahia state, with about 10.000 inhabitants and tens of untouched beaches. After the declining of cocoa culture, in 40’s the town was abandoned and stayed forgotten for decades until was recently rediscovered by tourism.
Now, the town receives people from all parts of the country and world, moving to Itacaré looking for peace, sun and beach.
The region is cut by innumerous rivers and waterfalls and it is one of the last in Bahia presenting the Atlantic Rain Forest, one of the richest ecosystems in the world.
The whole nature of Itacaré is wonderful, but the beaches deserve special commentaries. The coast between Itacaré and Ilhéus is a succession of beaches and hills covered with and Atlantic Rain Forest. Some of them are so small and hidden that they do not show up on maps or tour guides.
Equipment: Itacaré is one of the best surf points in Brazil. There are some local surf shops that rent surf boards and body-boards. However they are not always in good shape. If you are a surf lover, don’t forget your own board.
Going to watch a football match at Maracana stadium is a highlight of any trip to Brazil. It is psossibly the most famous stadium in the world and when it was built in 1950, to host the World Cup Final, it was the world's biggest stadium, with a capacity of 200,000. Now that it is all-seater, its capacity has been reduced to 95,000. It will be the venue for the World Cup Final again in 2014. Owned by the state government of Rio, it hosts games played by the Brazilian national team as well as big games involving the local Rio clubs. I saw a game here between Fluminenese and Botafogo.
One surprising things is that crowds are relatively small. Games are typically played in front of crowds of 20,000 or less. Nevertheless, the fans that are there, with their flags and their drums, create a fantastic atmosphere.
There are games nearly every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Tickets are easy to buy. You can purchase them at the stadium for around R$15 or pay R$65 to an agency for a ticket and transfer to the game in a minibus, with a local guide, who will accompany you in and out of the stadium. You will see this service advertised at every hotel and hostel in Rio.
Brazil has no shortage of great coastline and as a result, surfing is a major sport here. I enjoyed watching the surfer's in Rio from Aproador Beach, the rock formation between Copacabana and Ipanema.
Fernado de Noronha is the best place in Brazil for surfing. Surfers from all parts of the world are now discovering the perfect waves of Noronha, nicknamed the Brazilian Hawaii. Between December and March, the wind agitates the waters of the “internal sea” that provides perfect waves, sometimes over 12 feet high, specially in the beaches of “Cacimba do Padre”, “Bode”, “Port Bay”, Boldró and “Conceição”.
Considered the most beautiful island in South Atlantic, Noronha, as the island is locally called, is an archipelago formed by 21 islands and uncountable beauties. The perfect scenario includes virgin beaches, amazing rocky formations, incredibly green and clear ocean and rich aquatic fauna.
Equipment: Take your own board as there is no place for rent.
for individuals who like horseriding, Brasil is and always was a good place to exlplore the country on a Horseback.
personally I fancied the countryside of Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina or Rio Grande do Sul.
the Royal trial in Minas Gerais is a facinating way to spent a week in Brasil
Equipment: horses, thats for sure
by now everybody knows..bras.Football is the Best..5 times World Cup Winner..can't get better than this.
Equipment: a Ball..can be played everywhere, Beach football is very popular in Rio, everybody can try their luck. looks easy......welllll, try first
is one of the largest football stadiums in the world.
tickets can be ordered by the hotels.
I have been on the 25.11.2007 to the Maracana to see Flamengo vs Altetico Parananese and this was definitely amazing. It was absolut a higlight. IF you get a chance to see a footie match in Maracana, GO !
Football is big here so say the least. And this is one of the main teams in the city of Curitiba. They are playing top level even Libertadores cup competition.
The stadium is going renovations for the upcoming world cup 2014 . PArticular of it is that many middle level families in particular if all levels follow the team.
The team was founded March 26 1924. the first title came in 1925! However, the best years came from 1998 onward.
contact for info here
I just drove by the stadium, as were on the other team ::)
Equipment: just bring yourself and everybody else!
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