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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.