It won’t be long before thousands of football fans will be landing in BrazilRio and other Brazilian cities, for a chance to see their teams fight it out on the pitch to become the victors, lifting the 2014 World Cup. Wherever you’re travelling from, some time in this former capital Brazilian city will remain in your memory forever. Plus, if you plan your time wisely, your visit doesn’t just have to be about the football, either. While you will have probably bagged a couple of tickets for one (or more) of your must-see games, it’d be a shame to visit Rio de Janeiro and not see anything other than the Estadio do Maracana.

So, what can be in store for you during your stay in Rio? From the glamorous locals to the carnival spirit, it’ll be easy to fill your itinerary with activities that aren’t football related, even in the height of Brazil 2014. Here’s our quick breakdown of what you could be doing with your 48 hours in the city.

Admire the Views

Walking the streets of Rio, absorbing the sights and sounds that the city presents, is one thing. However, if you want to see the beauty of Rio in all its glory, you need to get up high. Hike to the peaks of Morro Dois Irmaos for some astounding panoramic views of the city, or take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for some incredible vistas.

       Christ The Redeemer

Alternatively, head to the Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll find the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that Rio is famous for. You could always opt for hopping on the electric train that will ferry you up the mountain if you’d prefer not to make the arduous climb.

Party Hard

While Rio is famous for its sights, it’s also famous for its Copacabana Beach, and it’d be a shame not to spend some time here hopping between the various restaurants and bars that line the shore. Locals and visitors mingle here, so you can enjoy some of the traditional, and lively, Brazilian atmosphere without feeling like you’re stuck in a tourist trap.

Catch Some Rays

The World Cup may be taking place during the Brazilian winter, but don’t let that fool you. Temperatures will still nudge the mid to late-20s, giving you plenty of opportunity to catch some rays on the beach when your favourite team isn’t on the pitch. Copacabana may be the city’s most famous beach, filled with glamour and scantily-clad ladies (and gents), but it’s not the only place to top up your tan. Ipanema Beach, and the exclusive Leblon Beach, are also extremely popular, for all the right reasons.

Shop till you Drop

Fancy a little retail therapy during your stay? Leblon Shopping has a Shopping Leblonhuge concentration of designer and exclusive shops where your flexible friend will come in very useful, while the hippie market in Ipanema can be enjoyed if you’re there on a Sunday.

Down Time

Busy days in Brazil call for some downtime, and when you’re in your hotel of an evening, can come in handy if the TV doesn’t pick up English channels. Even if you don’t have your laptop with you, you can still play great online casino games using the SuperCasino app on your mobile or tablet.

The primary aim of your visit may be to head for the stadium to see your team play, but that’s not the be all and end all in the flamboyant city of Rio. Plan your time wisely and you can return home with far more memories and experiences than you had hoped for.