Sugarloaf Mountain Proves Popular with World Cup Fans

As an expected 600,000 people flood into Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, the country’s tourist destinations have never been as popular – with Rio de Janeiro’s Sugarloaf Mountain one of the most visited sites. While there are 12 host cities throughout Brazil, it’s been Rio that has been the most popular destination for visitors arriving in the country from various corners of the globe.

With the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and Christ the Redeemer, there is no better place to view Rio’s incredible sights than from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Thousands of World Cup fans have taken the two short cable-car rides to the top of the landmark, or the significantly longer climb, reaching a summit that offers panoramic views of one of South America’s most iconic cities.

Cable car (Creative Commons)

With fans from all four corners of the world helping to create a unique and festive atmosphere in and around Rio, it’s little surprise to see Argentines talking to Algerians at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain while a Cameroon fan takes a picture of a Columbia supporter in the background.

At the end of a day of sightseeing at the top of the mountain, it’s a breath-taking cable-car journey to the bottom before heading to the fan park at Copacabana Beach to watch the action on one of the big screens. And if all the football action is keeping you on a tight schedule, helicopter rides are available in order to ensure you don’t miss any of this thrilling tournament.

While Brazil are still the favourites with many to go on and win the tournament for a sixth time, there is still a nervous feel about many Brazil fans watching their side’s opening couple of games. If the hosts can go all the way and win the final on July 13 in Rio’s Estádio Maracanã, there will be no better place to be in the world to watch the celebrations than on the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Destination Weddings Becoming Increasingly Popular Way to Get Married

If walking down the aisle in your hometown isn’t part of your dream wedding day, you’re not alone. The 2012 Knot Market Intelligence Destination Weddings Study, revealed an overwhelming 24 percent of couples ─ nearly one in four─ opted for a destination wedding.

 

When it comes to location, 70 percent of couples tied the knot in the continental U.S., while 30 percent chose a more exotic, tropical spot.

 

The Caribbean, is the most popular spot outside the continental U.S. for couples to say “I Do,” with more than one in three heading to Jamaica. Mexico was close behind with 24 percent of weddings, followed by Hawaii with 20 percent.

 

Whether you’re envisioning saying your vows beachside on an exotic island, at a secluded country estate, cozied up in a ski lodge, or just about anywhere else, you can make it happen.

 

Seven Benefits of a Destination Wedding

wedding ceremony on the beach

 

Still trying to decide if a destination wedding is for you? These seven advantages of destination weddings will have you booking your flight and packing your bags in no time:

  • Increased Quality Time with Guests: A destination wedding is typically an intimate affair, as only those closest to you are likely to make the trip. Not only does this allow you to spend more one-on-one time with guests, you’re also able to extend the celebration longer, as destination wedding festivities last anywhere from a few days to an entire week.

 

  • Amazing Photos: Getting married in an exotic location allows your wedding photos to have some of the most gorgeous backdrops in the world. The two of you will get to enjoy photos that look like something out of a magazine for the rest of your lives.

 

  • All-Inclusive: An all-inclusive destination wedding is a cost effective way for your guests to have a great time. One set rate covers the hotel room, activities food, and drinks for the duration of the trip, so everyone can relax care-free without having to worry about the little expenses that really add up.

  

  • Start Your Honeymoon Early: Even if you’re planning to head off to another destination for your official honeymoon, having a destination wedding allows you to get a head start on relaxing in an amazing setting. It’s difficult to feel stressed with last minute wedding details when you’re sitting on a beach in paradise.

 

  • Cost Effective: Resorts typically offer all wedding services right on the property, which you can bundle together for steep discounts. Not only does it save a lot of money, it’s also virtually stress-free.

 

  • Once-in-a Lifetime Memories: Embarking on a vacation with all the people you love the most allows you to create amazing memories that you’ll have forever. This is a unique chance to enjoy a vacation with those that mean the most to you, who have traveled a long way to participate in your special day.

 

  • No Surprise Guests: When you get married thousands of miles from home, you won’t have to worry that uninvited or unwanted guests will show up, as they would have to travel a very long way to get to you.

 

Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life, so if a destination wedding feels right to you, it’s important to go for it! Whether there’s already a location special to your relationship ─ or you’re in the market to find one ─ having a destination wedding is a hopelessly romantic way to begin the rest of your life.