I need some help/ideas/suggestions for an upcoming trip to Brazil.
Some background info.- in 2010, my girlfriend and I went to South Africa for a cycling trip that included the World Cup. We are not big football fans but we absolutely loved the experience...so much so-we decided to attend World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Generally, I`m very comfortable planning our vacations- I have the time-I enjoy doing it- it saves us money and I`m good at it. Brazil, however, is a tad different. The road network doesn`t look good for road cycling, like Europe,USA, or even South Africa. However, with enough planning I feel confident we can carve out a cycling holiday with 2014 World Cup.
Here is how we do our "normal" cycling holidays:
-time-frame is about 3 weeks
-get rental car at airport and keep it for whole trip
-we bring our bicycles with us from home(USA-Florida)
-stay in 4/5 hotels-4/5 nights at each hotel
-we do loop rides from our hotels-35 to 60 miles a day
-when we move from hotel to hotel-I try to keep the drive time to no more than 3 hours
With that background-here are my preliminary thoughts/ideas for Brazil:
-2014 World Cup starts-June 12th and ends July 13th
-we fly into Rio and then take another flight to Curitiba-around June 14th
-pick up rental car at airport and stay in/around Curitiba for a week and see 2 Cup Matches(June16th and June20th)
-drive to Florianopolis and stay for 4/5 days
-drive to another area(???) for 4/5 days
-drive to another area(???), not to far from Curitiba airport for 3/4 days
-drive to airport and head home
Another idea would be to fly to Porto Alegre rather than Curitiba and veiw 2 Matches and go from there. I`m not a big city guy, so I would rather not get involved with Rio/Sao.
What do you think of my plan? Thanks a lot.