World Cup Host City Manaus Faces Steep Challenges

The World Cup is just around the corner, meaning that hundreds of thousands of visitors will be headed to the country soon.

Located deep within the Amazon region of Brazil lies Manaus, a city that is more known for its manufacturing prowess than international tourists. Well, that was until now. As many sports fans are likely aware, the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off in June 2014, which has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to Brazil in several host cities. To protect your travel investment, it is recommended for World Cup travelers to purchase travel insurance.

However, soccer's greatest stage is creating significant challenges for Manaus, especially since this city has not been a center for international sports in the past.

"We'll have more tourists at one time than Manaus has ever seen," said Roberio Braga, secretary of culture for the state of Amazonas, according to the Los Angeles Times. "So we're planning 1,200 special events."

Still, there has been some controversy as to the selection of Manaus as a World Cup city. After all, soccer matches are strenuous 90-minute stretches of running and jumping, the stadium is built in a city that is nestled in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. It's going to be hot and humid for players and tourists alike, to say the least.

Some of soccer's biggest fan bases are expected to visit Manaus for the World Cup as well, such as Portugal, England, Italy and the U.S., so the stakes are high. According to CNN, getting to the city is also challenging, as there are few direct flights to Manaus, and the cost of getting to and from the city from larger transport hubs like Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo can be expensive. 

However, there are several upsides to the location as well. For one, visitors can enjoy being within miles of one of the most beautiful green spaces on Earth, and even a chance to encounter indigenous tribes. Manaus is also regarded as having some of the best cuisine in the country. 

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