Brazil's World Cup fever has finally betrayed its first symptoms to football-mad holidaymakers planning specialist tours.
Tickets for next year's footballing extravaganza went on sale on Tuesday (August 20), with spectators able to apply on Fifa's website.
About 3.3 million tickets are on offer for the tournament.
Fifa anticipates that demand will be huge with about seven applicants for every ticket.
Prices will vary from £58 for first-round matches to £632 for the final at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, July 13.
All applications made prior to October 10 will enter a random selection draw if there are not sufficient tickets available to meet all requests.
The sales of the leftover tickets will start on November 5 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Another round will begin on December 8 after the draw is decided.
The finals start on June 12 when Brazil play the opener against a country still to be decided in Sao Paulo.
Other sporting activities tourists can enjoy while on city breaks to Rio revolve around its famous beaches.
Rio has much of a beach culture, with many activities concentrated around the shoreline and ocean.
These include surfing, bodyboarding, kite surfing, volleyball, beach football and an amazing mix of the two they call 'fute volei' or volleyball using football rules.
But Rio doesn't begin and end with the beach.
Holidaymakers can also savour walking, hiking and climbing through the Tijuca National Forest.
It offers many great trails for tourists on trekking holidays, ranging from medium to difficult hikes.
One of the most invigorating treks on offer is to climb Pedra da Gavea, another Rio landmark; a monolith which rises up to 842 metres (2,762ft) above sea level.
Visitors are recommended to ask about a local guide for these hikes.
There are also many good mountains for rope climbing around Rio.
These include climbing the world-renowned mountains of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado.
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