There’s less than a week to go for the football World Cup to begin. And if you’re heading to Brazil to soak in the fun — or you just want to know more about the amazing country — we have two perfect guides in mind for you — gorgeous Brazilian divas and Bollywood actors Bruna Abdalah and Izabelle Leite. Follow their recommendations and handy tips to make the most of your time there.
'The beaches are really good’
Model-actor Izabelle Leite made headlines when she confessed that she was in a relationship with cricketer Virat Kohli. She has also starred in a couple of films. She hails from the coastal city of João Pessoa.
What to do: The beaches are really good, and you can always play a sport there, like volleyball or football.
Places to see: Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city. Go see Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), and Lapa (the area in Rio is famous for its nightlife and monuments). In Foz do Iguaçu (in south Brazil), visit the Iguaçu Falls. In the north-east, go to Pipa Beach for clear waters, white sands, cliffs, restaurants, and a great atmosphere.
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What to eat: Try the Feijoada (stew of beans), Coxinha (meat fried in batter), Pastel (thin-crust pies) and the Churrasco (grilled meat).
Precautions: Brazilians are really friendly, but don’t trust everyone; and don’t go out wearing expensive jewellery or watches especially at night. Also, don’t venture out alone late at night, and look after your stuff.
Last-minute tip: Learn a bit of Portuguese, since most of the locals don’t speak English at all. Also, carry sun-block, and get the yellow fever vaccine beforehand.
‘It’s a paradise for non-vegetarians’
Model-actor Bruna Abdalah (who hails from Guaíba) has acted in several Bollywood films.
What to do: In Brazil, we love all kinds of outdoor sports. Go climbing, trekking, kayaking, canoeing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, scuba diving or snorkelling... gosh, the list goes on.
What to see: If you’re in Sao Paulo, visit the Ibirapuera Park. In Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema and Copacabana are the beaches to visit. You can also take a cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf.
What to eat: There are a lot of Indian restaurants in Sao Paulo and Rio; a lot of Indians stay in Sao Paulo. As for the local food, it’s a paradise for non-vegetarians. Try the local pizzas.
Precautions: Tourists shouldn’t go around late in the night on their own. Also, be prepared for a sudden change in the weather. It could go from 20 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius in a day.
Last-minute tip: Carry warm clothes, because most hotels don’t have room heaters. Wear good shoes as the cities are big, and great to walk around in.