Olá Brazil!

Between August 5 and August 21, the beautiful Brazilian city Rio de janeiro will host its second global event since the soccer world cup in 2014. In case you’ve been living under a rock, we are talking about the Olympics!


 

In addition to hosting the greatest sporting event in history, Rio 2016 also coincides with a surge of travel interest to South America, thus presenting an extraordinary opportunity for would be travellers to experience all the south American continent has to offer. You can visit some incredible places in addition to joining in on all the festivities and activities the Rio 2016 Olympic games has to offer.

Rio can be a chaotic and lively city at the best of times, even when it isn’t hosting a global event such as the Olympics, so if you plan to travel there during the event it’s important you keep yourself informed on what’s happening to ensure you get the most out of your experience.

So, what can you expect to see and do at Rio 2016?

 

KEY ACTIVITIES


 

Rio 2016, like all Olympic events preceding it, provides a unique opportunity in which all countries of the world can come together to put aside their differences and unite under the banner of friendly competition. It is this reason that makes the Olympics such an exciting event. To witness the most talented human beings on the planet come together and compete in their chosen sport, all the while pushing the boundaries of human potential is what the Olympics is all about. And there are some incredible sporting events lined up for Rio 2016, which depending on your preference, means there is something for everyone.

Four venues will host all sporting events for the Rio 2016 games, these include; Copacabana, Maracana, Deodoro and Barra. Although Copacabana and Maracana are in close proximity of each other, Deodoro and Barra are not. So make sure you know in advance where and how long it takes to get between venues so you don’t miss out on your favourite events.
Here are four that you’re not going to want to miss.

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  1. FOOTBALL/SOCCER

    Cheer on your native country and watch the Brazilian locals cheer on their world class home team as they attempt to redeem themselves from their spectacular loss to Germany at the soccer world cup 2014.
    Event Location: Football will be played in six cities: Rio (Maracana Stadium), Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador and Manaus

  2. RUGBY SEVENS

    A debut Olympic event. This one might not capture the attention of the Brazilians, but it will be exciting entertainment for many Australian, New Zealand, and European visitors.
    Location: Deodoro

  3. BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    A signature Brazilian event, and one they have won 11 times since being introduced in 1996. This will be played in a party atmosphere on Rio’s most famous beach.
    Location: Copacabana Beach.

  4. TENNIS

    A chance to see the world’s best players – Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, Nadal playing for their country.
    Where: Barra

 

In addition to Olympic related activities, Rio has plenty to offer in and of itself. Make sure to take advantage of some of its most interesting locations including:

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  1. SANTA TERESA

    A bohemian village of SANTA TERESA, filled with craft and art galleries, football street murals and graffiti artists.

  2. LAPA STEPS

    215 steps that entirely covered with bright red majolica collected in urban areas of Rio or donated by visitors from around the world.

  3. ILHA GRANDE

    A prison island until 20 years ago, the Ilha Grande is regularly listed among the world’s most beautiful beaches. An easy ferry ride from Rio, the island is consciously low-key, with modest hostels and pousadas. No roads and cars are banned.

  4. NITEROI

    Strictly speaking, Niteroi is just across the harbour from Rio proper but it warrants a day trip to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, the famous “flying saucer museum” designed by legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, who created the Brazilian capital Brasilia in the 1960s.

  5. CHRIST THE REDEEMER

    Christ the Redeemer Statue is one of the sights every visitor to Rio de Janeiro should see. This huge statue stands in Tijuca National Park on the summit of Corcovado Mountain, which in Portuguese means “hunchback”, named in the 18th century for its odd humped shape.

FOOD


Amidst all of the action of the events, at some point you’re going to get hungry. Rio is awash in exotic foods, tastes and delicacies, and all though it may tempting to stick what foods you know, being adventurous and trying the local food can be rewarding in it’s own right. Rio offers a variety of traditional fruits, snacks, and hearty stews that are worth seeking out.
A mainstay of the indigenous diet is manioc, also known as cassava or yuca. It’s a drought-resistant tuber that can be ground into flour, fermented into juice, rolled into tapioca, or turned into a paste. Unusual fruits like camu camu and jabuticaba—and of course—drinks containing the now famous açaí berry, will likely be sold on the streets.
The city is also known for its beaches, so travellers should make sure to carve out some time to enjoy the sand while indulging in the local cuisine. Juice bars can be found all along the beaches serving juice made from exotic fruits from across the region.