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Going to the football World Cup? 10 places in Brazil you must visit

Last updated on: June 08, 2014 12:00 IST

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All the teams are sending their biggest ever contingents to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. Hence, a leading global travel search site has recommended 10 places one must visit during the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

The website has prepared the list as tourists pack their bags for the trip to the country of powdery white-sand beaches, pristine rain forests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises.

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More than 2,500 Indians, including fans and journalists, are expected to make the trip to Brazil for perhaps the most anticipated sporting event on this year's calendar.

The list also includes hidden sights, shops and bars of Rio de Janeiro, the city which is the birthplace of world-renowned footballers like Zico, Ronaldo and Romario.

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Image: A tourist sits near the beach
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Apart from the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue, it recommends places such as Rio Scenarium, Delirio Tropical, Bar Urca, Gilson Martin and Palaphita Kitsch among others.

To get in the real spirit of Brazilian music, it has to be live, and the place is Rio Scenarium, which is full of happy people dancing to samba.

It is decorated with antique objects.

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Image: A general view of the Rio Scenarium
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Delirio Tropical is where people go for a quick lunch during weekdays or on weekends after the beach.

Serving fresh salads, quiches and other lovely, healthy, affordable food, are what the place is known for.

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Image: Guests participate in a lunch event
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If one wants to buy cool gifts and souvenirs, then Gilson Martin is the shop to visit.

Find pop art accessories inspired by the city's landmarks, cool vinyl bags, wallets and briefcases that come in all manner of shapes and sizes.

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Image: 2014 World Cup and soccer memorabilia are on display in a tourist shop
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Palaphita Kitsch is the spot to watch the sunset with drinks and enjoy long chats.

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Image: A couple at the Palaphita Kitsch
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Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas offers an incredible view of the city's lagoon and beyond.

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Image: A stand-up paddle boarder passes on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
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Urca is the neighbourhood that surrounds Sugarloaf mountain.

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Image: Tourists take in the scene from atop scenic Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Sugarloaf mountain and Botafogo beach can be seen in the background
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One can get the best view of Rio's bay from this quiet, picturesque and residential area.


Image: Kids play along the shoreline of the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro
Photographs: Mario Tama/Getty Images
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