Rua Profesor Eurico Rabelo s/n
20271-150 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
tel: +55 21 2264 9962
NileGuide Expert tip:
To really enjoy the atmosphere at the Maracana, buy the cheaper tickets. The 'cheap seats' are in fact the liveliest in the stadium, with drumming, singing, dancing and impressive displays of absolutely enormous flags.
For fans of 'futebol' (football/soccer), a trip to the legendary Maracanã stadium is every bit as vital as visiting the Christ statue or taking the cable car up the Sugar Loaf. Football is often described as 'the beautiful game', and nowhere is this description more apt than in Brazil. The national side has won the football world cup five times, and is pretty much every non-Brazilian's favorite foreign team. While the big names may have left for high profile, high wages teams in Europe, locally played Brazilian football is still a joy to behold, largely due to the fantastic festival atmosphere. Samba drumming, singing, dancing, firecrackers and enormous flags liven up even the most humdrum of games, and if you are lucky enough to catch a local derby or important cup match then the atmosphere will be even more electric.