Maracana was built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has recently undergone massive renovations in order to get it ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. If you love football or just want to experience South American culture then don’t miss the chance to see a football match in Brazil. The experience is like no other, I can guarantee you that you will never forget it!
Our hostel, The Mango Tree arranged a tour for us to Maracana Stadium from Ipanema Beach that included roundtrip hotel transfers and our tickets. It is definently possible to do it on the cheap and purchase your own tickets and use public transport, but as Rio was our first stop in South America and we were just getting our bearings we felt safer on an organised tour.
Maracana is completely alcohol free, so before and after the game you will see locals and tourists alike drinking and spilling out onto the streets from nearby bars.