Well I nearly choked on my cornflakes this morning after reading the Daily Mail’s report on the package to Brazil to watch the 2014 World Cup. Yes Brazil is expensive but this is a rip off for 16 nights near Salvador, if it was Rio it would be cheap but as you can see at the bottom the hotels in Costa do Sauipe are currently about £67.00 per night and its highest season carnival period, tonight in Rio you probably couldn’t get a share in a four bed hostel room for that price.
For a start its planning to base fans allegedly in Salvador but the Costa do Sauípe resort complex is about an hour and a half drive away from Salvador. Sure everyone will just love doing that daily commute. The resort itself has five hotels, convention center, re-created local village with six pousadas, (basic B & B to you and me), and a sports center, its part of a 500-acre development in an environmental protection area bordered by rainforest. Sounds like they are attempting to corral you all at a big complex, nice. It doesn’t seem to include flights to other cities so I have to assume it’s only for the games played around Salvador. Brazil is a huge country (think size of Europe and you’re not far off) with games being staged at various stadiums around the country and surely real football fans would want to at least visit the world-famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (The link to Maracana will take you to a Portuguese page, look at the top left and you can choose English, well American anyway) I can see people buying this and ending up watching the matches in the hotel bar, but at least you would get to meet a retired footballer.
As the Daily Mail reported, official travel packages for next year’s World Cup in Brazil were unveiled today costing a staggering £5,500 – meaning England fans will need very deep pockets if they want to attend
The high prices fans will be expected to pay to attend the World Cup is already a concern for a number of supporters’ organizations.
Kevin Miles, from the Football Supporters’ Federation, said: ‘The World Cup in Brazil is another long haul destination which presents another set of challenges for fans wanting to support the England team. It will clearly require a big commitment.’
A better option would be to buy your own flight to Brazil and at the same time a Brazilian Airpass. A Airpass is a ticket that can only be brought out of the country but is a very reasonable way to take flights around Brazil. As for accommodation, well there are thousands of hotels, pousadas and campsites (in fact I have a small farm, camp here). The big thing would be to book early, it can only get more expensive as the time goes on, make sure you have insurance if god forbid England doesn’t qualify.
I am not a travel agent but I am going to do some research on this, I feel a budget of £3000 to £4000 for flights and accommodation would be more realistic.
I am not in any way affiliated with the airlines or Airpass, just for the record!
I am doing some research on Brazilian websites on this topic and will post some information over the coming weekend on various aspects of the tournament such as where matches will be played and some accommodation options for those destinations, I detest people being ripped off when they visit Brazil, it’s so unfair and gives an unrealistic view of the country. Brazil isn’t a cheap option but getting just a little way out of the tourist zone can make a huge price difference. I will try to find some good alternatives.
Quick update, hoteltravel.com has a few hotels listed at Costa do Sauipe between £63.00per night up to £166.00, which isn’t too bad for Brazil, of course not all hotels are created equal.
I have found a couple of sites that specialize in holiday rental. That would be the way I would go, a holiday rental not too far from an airport and an air pass.
On our fruit farm we also have a small two bed guest cottage, that sleep 6 with a sofa bed, that will be available for rental. Any inquiries please leave a comment and I’ll mail you.
For the outdoor type we have a campsite on our fruit farm that of course will be open for the world cup. Our website campinbrazil, will be finished soon.
Planning your own trip to the World Cup check hotel and tour prices direct with a travel agent based in Brazil, in English and Portuguese, language settings can be found at the top right hand corner. Check if the tour you have seen advertised is really a bargain, check the hotel prices in R$ (approx R$3 /£1, R$2/1US$ ). Tours of the area and World Cup Info. book direct here
I will be adding information all the time so please check back, cheers!