It’s finally that time again. A time when Manchester United and Liverpool fans can hold hands … or at least share a pitcher to cheer on England. A time when Mexico and the United States can work out their issues similar to the ways of Capitol Hill — with excessive flopping and slide-tackling. A time when shouting: USA! USA! USA! in a crowded room is completely acceptable and revered. It’s time for the FIFA WORLD CUP!

For those looking to make their way down to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, it’s not too late. Not only have we compiled a list of flights to Rio for the football/fútbol/soccer lovers out there, but here’s a list of the top attractions and beaches to captivate every type of traveler. For other interesting facts and figures about the World Cup, check out Webjet’s infographic below.

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  • The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is from June 12 – July 13.

5 Top Attractions in Rio

  1. Christ the Redeemer Statue — Noted as one of the largest Art Deco statues in the world, the Christ the Redeemer is created to mirror the perceived image of Jesus Christ. It was built between 1922-1931 and stands 98 feet high.
  2. Sugarloaf Mountain — This 1,299-foot peak is located in Guanabara Bay and is said to resemble a loaf of sugar.
  3. Morro Da Urca — Known for being one of the best hiking trails in Rio, and for having some stunning views.
  4. Theatro Municipal — Completed in 1909 to house Brazil’s growing theatre scene, this grandiose edifice is not to be miss.
  5. Pedra Bonita — Stop by here for breath-taking views. It’s also mentioned as being a hang gliders paradise.

5 Top Beaches in Rio

  1. Copacabana This iconic gem is known to be a little crazy and crowded, but surrounded by mountains, making for a truly memorable experience.
  2. Prainha Beach — The more private and relaxed side of Rio’s beaches. Its the perfect place to ‘getaway’ and take in the sights.
  3. Ipanema You’ve probably heard the catchy tune, “The Girl from Ipanema.” Well there’s a reason. This luxe beach is known for having tall, tan men and women lounging around inevitably looking amazing.
  4. Praia Vermelha – Comparatively a smaller beach, but very popular due to the access to the cable car that takes tourist to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
  5. Barr da Tijuca Beach — This 11-mile beach is a hotspot for good waves, and is the longest beach in Rio.

More World Cup Travel Information

Which country has the craziest fans? How long does it take to get to Rio? Find all the answers in Webjet’s infographic below:

WebjetWorldCupThumb Rio: Just in time for the FIFA World Cup

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