What to do in Brazil during the Copa América?
Many will visit Brazil during these days to watch football, however, this trip should be an opportunity to get to know some of the most emblematic places. Thinking about this, Despegar, the leading online travel company in Latin America, lists some must-see activities in Salvador de Bahia and Sao Paulo.
Latin America will breathe football from June 14 until July 7 as part of the Copa América 2019. This year, 12 teams will compete for the South American title in Brazil, a country that will host hundreds of tourists from Brazil for 24 days.
Excursion to the outskirts of the city - Salvador de Bahía
Start this tour on the Tororó dam, where a lake surrounded by gardens and ancient trees is located, guarded by the statues of Orixas, a monument dedicated to the African gods. From there you can see the imposing Fonte Nova Arena. Continue through the streets of the city where you can see different architectural styles that preserve the colonial era, but also reflect the transformation experienced.
During the tour you can also visit the beaches of Ribeira, the peninsula of Itapagipe, the church Bonfim founded in 1754, the Fortress of Montserrat, and the Model Market declared intangible heritage of Brazil by Unesco. It is worth noting that during your trip you cannot stop trying the tropical fruit ice cream.
City Tour - Salvador de Bahia
This activity starts at the Faro de la Barra and for several hours you will visit some of the most recognized sites in the Bay, such as the Victoria Hall, the Campo Grande Square and the 7th of September Avenue. Delight in a panoramic view of the Lower City, the Model Market, the Lacerda Elevator and the Todos Bay from the Municipal Plaza
Additionally, you can visit religious sites such as the Cathedral Basilica of Brazil, the Church of the Rosaries of the Negros, the church and Monastery of Sao Joaquín, the church Nossa Señora de los Mares, the church of Señor del Bonfim and the well-known Church of Our Lady of Boa Viagem.
Boat trip to the sunset - Salvador de Bahía
On board a catamaran and for two hours, tourists can visit the coastal area of the city starting from Puerto de la Barra. The lighthouse of Barra, the Yatche Victory Corridor Club, Gamboa, the Mercado Modelo and the Sao Marcelo fort are the sites that will be known.
Finally, travelers can enjoy the sunset at the fort of Sao Marcelo.
Tour of the city - Sao Paulo
This city, recognized as one of the largest in the continent, houses attractive places and buildings that must be known by tourists. On this tour, you can visit the Pacaembu Stadium, the Charle Müler Square with a panoramic view of the traditional neighborhoods of Higienópoli and Pacaembu, the Paulista Avenue, the MASP, the Trianon Park and the Casa das Rosas.
Visitors can also take advantage of the photographic record of their visit to the Ibirapuera Park, the Obelisk, the Palace of July 9, Plaza Sé, Plaza República, among many other sites of interest.
Pico del Jaraguá and Vila Madalena - Sao Paulo
This tour starts at the Pico de Jaraguá, where you have the vision of the highest point of Sao Paulo; continue through the neighborhood of the Fregusia do Ó where the famous Largo da Matriz and the Church of Our Lady of Ó are located. Then visit the most bohemian neighborhood of the city, Lapa visiting the popular trade, the traditional Municipal Market where tourists can access a variety of local products; and finally a panoramic will be made arriving at the neighborhood of Vila Madalena to end in the alley of Batman.