Tampa Bay, FL – February 6, 2014 – For those fans planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup in 2014, the lure of the Amazon, a natural wonder of the world and one of the highlights of Brazil, will be hard to resist. The hotels of host city Manaus, the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, are sure to be inundated with tourists and are likely to book up far in advance, as is already the case for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro each year. Rainforest Cruises have put together special 5-day World Cup Amazon cruises that not only allow its passengers to discover the remarkable scenery and wildlife of the region but also provide them unique, comfortable and guaranteed accommodation in one of the most exciting locations on Earth, right on the Amazon River itself.
This June, Manaus, once one of the most decadent cities in the world during the rubber boom of the 19th century, and now a bustling metropolis on the rise, will host 4 World Cup group games in its spectacular new 42,618-seater stadium, aptly named the Arena Amazônia. With the outstanding natural beauty of the Amazon rainforest as a backdrop, the local traditions and warmth of the Amazonian people, coupled with the excitement of a World Cup in soccer-mad Brazil, the atmosphere in Manaus is sure to be like no other.
Not many football venues can offer the option of post-match jungle treks, Amazon cruises, tribal encounters or swimming with pink river dolphins. Combine these attractions with the announcement of the teams scheduled to play there, including four-time World Cup winners Italy, it is easy to see why interest in Manaus and the excitement in the city is building. Those planning to travel to Manaus face inflated hotel prices and scarce quality lodging available. Rainforest Cruises offer an affordable and distinctly alternative form of accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of the city, ideal for those with a sense of adventure.
Their special 5-day Manaus World Cup Amazon cruises guarantee passengers accommodation in one of the most exciting locations on Earth, right on the Amazon River itself on board one of their traditional riverboats. Each boat has capacity for 24 passengers, with twelve fully air-conditioned twin bunk cabins, private bathrooms, and spacious and comfortable public areas, including a bar with a flatscreen satellite TV.
However the cruises don’t just provide accommodation. The cruise itineraries have been specially designed with tourism and fans in mind, combining the stunning scenery, flora and fauna of such sights as the Meeting of the Waters and January Lake, with all the excitement, passion and flair on the pitch, as the riverboat will be moored at the port in Manaus for game days. This means fans with tickets can attend the matches, and those without are free to go to the Fan Fest site, watch the game in a bar with locals, or alternatively see the match in the privacy and comfort of the on board bar.
When not docked for game-time, the vessels will venture up river, allowing passengers to explore the region through activities such as piranha fishing, jungle walks and nocturnal caiman safaris, all under the watchful eye of a bilingual expert naturalist guide. Passengers will also be able to witness one of the most remarkable spectacles of nature – the Meeting of the Waters – where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the brown waters of the Rio Solimoes and then flow side by side without mixing for almost 10km.
“Our goal is to offer an alternative form of accommodation that allows visitors to make the absolute most of their trip to Brazil. It’s not often people get the chance to visit Brazil, so it makes perfect sense to offer this economical and alternative way to explore the Amazon and be part of what promises to be one of the most exciting sporting events in recent times,”says Jeremy Clubb, Rainforest Cruises’ co-owner.
A 5-day World Cup Manaus cruise package with Rainforest Cruises costs $1,999 per person.
~ Wed. 11th – Sun. 15th June (match Sat, 14th 6pm England v Italy)
~ Sun. 15th – Thu. 19th June (match Wed, 18th 6pm Cameroon v Croatia)
~ Thu. 19th – Mon. 23rd June (match Sun, 22nd 6pm USA v Portugal)
~ Tue. 24th – Sat. 28th June (match Wed, 25th 4pm Honduras v Switzerland)
Direct flights to Manaus are available from Rio, Sao Paulo, Panama (all 4 hours), Miami (5 hours) and, starting in June, Lisbon too (8 hours).