Brazil picked best travel destination 2014 by Lonely Planet

A game of beach football in Rio. Image by Yasuhide Fumoto / The Image Bank / Getty Images  Read more:'s all eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup. Brazil has been named the best destination in the world for travel in 2014 by Lonely Planet. As if endless strands of sun-toasted coast, mountains splashed with Crayola-green rainforest and some of the planet’s most beautiful colonial villages didn’t already add up to an unfair share of heaven, Brazil goes and snags two of the most coveted sporting events in the world, beginning with the 2014 FIFA World Cup and followed two years later by the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Tack on a recession-dodging economy, and boom! Brazil is the belle of the ball. Be it trekking across towering windswept dunes peppered with cerulean lagoons in Lençóis Maranhenses, exploring gilded colonial churches in frozen-in-time cities such as Ouro Preto or swimming in aquarium-like rivers near Bonito, Brazil’s diversity will leave you slack-jawed. For the full list of top 10 travel spots 2014 visit: Further reading: There's much more to Rio de Janeiro than carnivals and caipirinhas  

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