• World Cup 2014 Camping Rio

    World Cup 2014 Camping Rio

    Camping has quickly become a viable alternative as Brazil’s hotels, pousadas, and hostels increase prices for the World Cup time frame. When using hostel booker, I tried several dates while the games will be held in Rio de Janeiro.  Even with the inflated pricing, many of the hotels, hostels and pousadas are already booked full.

    FIFA World Cup 2014 being held in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium June-July 2014

    World Cup 2014 held in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium

    As an alternative, I did some research for camping areas within a reasonable distance from the Maracana Stadium where the final games will be held. I was able to find the following sites which offer varying levels of comfort, privacy, facilities, and large variances in prices.  What was the biggest surprise for me? By far the biggest surprise was the time it takes to get to the Maracana Stadium from each of the campsites.  It is quite sobering to see that the closer the location, the longer it takes to get to the Stadium.   Several of the campsites are located on the Western edge of Rio.  Two campsites are east-northeast of Rio.  One of them is in Saquarema, the other in Cabo Frio. Even though these two campsites are 110km and 158km away from Maracana Stadium respectively, both take less than half the time to get to the stadium than the one’s in Rio itself.  Why?  It is because Rio is a large city and the transport from the West side to the stadium has to go through the heart of the city.  Using Google Maps with Directions from each campsite to Maracana Stadium by bus is detailed below.

    All Inclusive Rio World Cup 2014 is more of a “Party til you drop” camping area.  They have shared tents, or you can pay a premium to have a tent to yourself.  Travel time to the stadium from the campgrounds can take up to 4 hours each way. So, getting up very early to travel to the stadium 4 hours, 45 minutes to find your seat after arrival, the 90 minute game with a 15 minute intermission, 45 minutes to get out of the stadium and another 4 hours back to the campgrounds – well, that makes for a very long day.

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time – All Inclusive Rio

    World Cup Camping Rio offers campers a more relaxed camping environment with flexible packages available for a price.  It also is about 4 hours each way to the Maracana Stadium.

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time – World Cup Camping Rio

    Camping Club do Brasil offers a relaxed atmosphere near the beach. It too is on the western edge of Rio and travel time is almost 4 hours to the Maracana Stadium.

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time – Camping Club do Brasil

    Camp in Brazil offers eco-camping in a natural setting at the foothills of the mountains.  Although it is 110km east-northeast of Rio, the Bus service from Bacaxa/Saquarema is only 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Maracana Stadium.

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time – Camp in Brazil


    Dunas do Pero located just north of Cabo Frio offers several forms of camping.  At 158 km east-northeast of Rio, travel time is just over 2 hours to the Maracana Stadium.

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time

    Campsites for World Cup 2014 Location and Travel time – Dunas do Pero

    You can check each of the camping areas by clicking their respective links above.   For me, I will take my valuable time into consideration when choosing a site.  I have narrowed my choices down to the 2 locations east-northeast of Rio as each has a much shorter travel time.  Buses also have their own travel lane on BR101 and you won’t find yourself sitting idle in a traffic jam.


    19 January 2014 / by John 2 Travel


  • Dean

    January 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm


    Thanks for this blog, it is exactly what I have been looking for. I had already came across one of these camp sites to the north-east which looks like it could be the best choice having now read this.
    My only point of concern is the bus travel back to the hostel, especially on those nights where we decide to stay a little longer in Rio and have to travel back fairly liquored up. Is it safe to make this journey and do you have any idea on what time the buses will run until?

    Many thanks,


    • John

      January 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Hello Dean,

      We are happy the blog helped you out in your decision making process. There are literally “millions” of people around the globe trying to make up their minds on where to stay, how much to spend, when to book, is it safe, can I make connections to the other games, where should I try to centralize my base camp etc. etc. etc. And, it isn’t an easy task to make those decisions. It usually boils down to convenience, money, time, fun, and Safety.

      I would say that the buses are quite safe as long as you do your part to be a civilized “partier”. Brazil and Brazilians are very open, warm, and friendly people. As with any major city, you do need to have a little street smarts and keep your wits about you. You don’t want to get too snockered and wander off into the wrong neighborhood. Same thing in Chicago, London, New York, San Fran, Paris, or any other large city.

      For the buses, there is a window of above 5 hours that they do not depart. This is between 23:02 and then they start again at 04:32 so it is dependent upon your “partying window”. As with most major cities, partying will be going on all the time, but most of the younger partying mongers will be out between 23:00 and 03:30 and later. Thus, if you aren’t too snockered, you can grab the 04:32 bus.

      There is another article written about bus travel in Brazil here….check it out: http://expatbrazil.co.uk/brazil-by-bus/

      Here is the direct link to a bus booking site. Note: you can buy tickets cheaper at the counter..few reals cheaper.

      No matter what decision you make – have fun, be street smart, be respectful of others, and enjoy Brazil !!!

      Cheers !!

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