By Ludy Tatiana Pirabán Gutiérrez (Undergraduate FIGRI student)
In 2007, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) chose Brazil as a World Cup host country. Since that day the world has paid attention to “the country of the lambada” and without a doubt this June many people from all over the world are expected to visit the largest nation in South America. Although Brazil has become such a famous place and a favorite destination for a lot of people as a result of the next world football event, there are other reasons why it is a good choice to enjoy your holidays there. According to official figures, Brazil has been the third most important tourist destination in Latin America for many years.
On the one hand, it is important to say that Brazil is not just football. This country has great natural resources like beaches, mountains, the Amazon rainforest and a perfect tropical climate. In addition, over the last twenty years some places have achieved significant international recognition. Among them, it is worth noting: Iguazu Falls, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana beach. Also, the ideal climate allows you to do so many activities such as paragliding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, boating, swimming, dancing lambada on the beach and enjoying its traditional gastronomy.
So, these reasons are making Brazil the best destination in 2014 and many people, including hundreds of Colombians, see Brazil as the place which will give them a wonderful time on holiday and perhaps that desired gold cup for their country. Either way, humanity will soon know which is the winning team in the World Cup, but before that we should cry, smile and enjoy the most passionate sport worldwide.
Finally, next June and July thousands of people will enjoy the most important football competition, so if your nation is playing there you have an extra reason to go. If this is not so, you can still enjoy living in an amazing tropical country. Therefore, I am sure that Brazil will leave good memories for each person who visits it and some things like Portuguese, the lambada dance and the world cup song will be fashionable for a while. Bem vindo ao Brasil!