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FIFA World Cup: Heading to Brazil? Be prepared to shell out $682 per day

Tourists should prepare to dig deep into their wallets and not be too miffed to receive services of inferior quality.

By: Associated Press | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: June 6, 2014 11:24 am
People play football at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is one of the most expensive cities in an astoundingly expensive Brazil (Source: Reuters) People play football at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Rio is one of the most expensive cities in an astoundingly expensive Brazil (Source: Reuters)

World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices. Unlike nearby Latin American nations where a tourist’s US dollar or euro seemingly stretches forever, Brazil is astoundingly expensive.

If one’s budget isn’t immediately busted by the flight or the hotel, it will soon be done in by the $10 caipirinha cocktail, the $17 cheeseburger or the $35 pepperoni pizza. And those are the prices city-dwelling Brazilians saw even before the World Cup set off.

The dizzying prices are referred to here as the “Custo Brasil”, or “Brazil Cost” — the mixture of high taxes and steep import tariffs, combined with bad infrastructure, a dose of inefficiency and a thick shot of bureaucracy. Demand leading up to a big event like the World Cup naturally raises prices. But, since costs already were high to begin with, tourists should prepare to dig deep into their wallets and not be too miffed to receive goods or services of inferior quality, said Rafael Alcadipani, a business administration professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil’s top think tank.

“Anything you buy in Brazil will be more expensive than in the United States or Europe, but the quality is going to be worse,” Alcadipani said.

Hotel rates in many of the World Cup host cities more than doubled ahead of the tournament, with hotel rates averaging $445 per night. Add in food and other expenses, and Rio travelers should prepare to spend $682 each day.

Next costliest are Fortaleza and Manaus, where average daily expenses are estimated at $602 and $554, respectively. Even the more affordable host cities will set travelers back a good amount: $457 per day in Cuiaba and $477 in Sao Paulo.

“The Cup prices are ridiculous. Everything shot up. The only thing you can buy in Brazil is a bikini, a cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane liquor) and a pair of Havaianas (sandals),” said Gillian Santos, a Brazilian who now lives in Belgium and was back in Rio on a recent visit. “How do people afford things around here? I think it’s outrageous.’’

Experts say prices are kept high because supply can’t keep up with demand. About 40 million Brazilians – a fifth of the population – joined the middle class in the past decade, on the back of strong economic growth and increased government social programs. Between 2009 and 2012, average annual income rose by more than 40 percent, from $8,140 to $11,630. For many, the new affluence sparked a spending spree.

Brazil tries to protect its local industries by charging high tariffs on virtually all imported goods. For travelers who lose or forget an item, they might decide to do without rather than pay local prices. Take iPhones: The 5s that costs $199 in the US has a starting price of $1,250 on Apple’s Brazilian website. Need a pair of running shoes? A pair of the popular Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 runs about $313 at a Rio shopping mall – nearly triple the U.S. price. The examples go on. Levi 501 jeans start at $80.

The $6.28 Big Mac is among the most expensive in the world.

“Everything is expensive,” said Nadir Fraguas, a retired bank employee who was at a Rio mall pondering whether to spend the equivalent of more than $100 on a Brazil national team jersey for her grandson. “Here, you pay a lot and you get very little.”

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    Jun 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm
    Brazil is not your cheap South American country, that's for sure but the prices mentioned here are totally unrealistic LOLIt is true, the Brazilian economy is a lot better than few decades ago and prices are rising up and up, of course during the world cup you should expect higher prices, and also sadly by being a tourist "tourist price"I suggest you check this website, it is very reliable and you can check if you can afford your trip or not:www.expatistan/cost...
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      Jun 6, 2014 at 10:06 am
      so xpensive
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        Anna Stina
        Jun 22, 2014 at 12:54 am
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