The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has acquired a reputation of being an ultimate partying destination. This amazing city is renowned for its charming joie de vivre spirit, spectacular beaches amidst a backdrop of green rolling hills and endless stretches of blue waters of South Atlantic Ocean. A thriving nightlife, vivid beach hopping culture, delicious cuisine and the jovial spirit of the locals makes Rio a marvelous city to visit anytime of the year.
This year is even more special for travelers planning to visit Brazil as Rio is going to be at it’s very best. The city is playing host to the 2016 summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. The greatest sporting spectacle will unfurl its many drama and emotions from 5th August to 21st August. Athletes of 206 countries are expected to arrive in Rio to seek the ultimate glory and a chance to get immortalized in the record books of Olympic champions.
The 17-day event that has a rich history and glorious tradition will welcome 10,500 athletes from all over the world. 42 Olympic sports will be on display including some of the most popular sports like football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, boxing and badminton among others. A total of 306 medals are up for grabs across 42 events including two new additions to Olympics – golf and rugby. The competitions will be hosted across 32 venues in four regions of Rio – Maracana, Deodoro, Copacabana and Barra. Football matches will be hosted in famous stadiums of Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. The first Olympics of South America surely promises to be an exciting one.
During your stay in Rio, do check out the amazing attractions of the city while catching you favourite sports and cheering your countrymen all the way to the podium.
The neighbourhood of Barra has 15 venues including Olympics Aquatics Stadium, Rio Olympic Arena, and Olympics Tennis Center. While enjoying the sensational swimming races and tennis matches, do check out Pedra Bonita, located in Tijuca National Park, and renowned for its panoramic views of the city. Extreme sports lovers must try paragliding and hang gliding at Pedra Bonita. Grumari is another beautiful neighbourhood with beautiful beaches, with plenty of surfing options coupled with delicious home-cooked meals served at the local restaurants. Barra da Tijuca beach is a very clam and peaceful place where tourists can relax and enjoy sea surfing.
The Deodoro region of Rio has few important stadiums like Olympic BMX Center, Olympic Hockey Center and Olympic Shooting Center. Catch pulsating action of hockey matches, exciting shooting rounds and adrenaline pumping mountain biking and BMX biking. In between cheering for the contestants, take time out to see the Aerospace Museum, a special place that documents Brazil’s aviation history and industry. Another interesting place is Gilberto Gil Cultural Centre, the main cultural hub of the neighbourhood which offers cultural activities, capoeira, ballet, art workshops, shows, painting exhibitions and plays.
Maracana neighborhood of Rio has the famous Olympic Stadium and the iconic Maracana, Brazil’s most legendary football stadium. This is the heart and soul of Brazil’s glorious footballing tradition and has witnessed memorable moments like Pele’s 1000th goal and two World Cup finals. The iconic stadium is set to host the opening and closing ceremony of 2016 Rio Olympics along with the final of the football competition. Do visit the stadium’s pavilions, galleries and museums that highlights Brazil’s key footballing moments.
Cinelandia is the city’s true entertainment and cultural hub. You can see the Municipal Theatre, National Museum of Fine Arts and National Library along with several restaurants and cafes in Cinelandia. Lapa is the city’s primary hub for nightlife, and boasts of a great selection of bars and pubs, restaurants, live music venues and some of the best partying scene in the city. Sambodromo is the iconic stage designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and is considered as one of the key symbols of Rio. Each year, Sambodromo witnesses a marvelous carnival parade, one of Rio’s greatest cultural delights.
Alemao Cable Car is the city’s innovative mass transit passenger lift that offers amazing views of Rio’s landmarks like Nossa Senhora da Penha church, Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Olympic Stadium, Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Rio International Airport. Feira de Sao Cristovao looks like a football stadium from the exterior. This extraordinary cultural center celebrates the rich cultural heritage of northeastern Brazil with more than 700 stalls comprising of art and craft, folklore, food, drinks and plenty of musical shows.
Copacabana neighbourhood has 4 event venues including the famous Beach Volleyball Arena. The neighbourhood is world famous for its scenic Copacabana Beach. There are plenty of swimming and sunbathing decks along with beach volleyball, football in its beautiful 4 kilometer stretch of fine sand. See the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue that sits on top of Corcovado Mountain, a must-visit site of Rio in between attending the action-filled sporting events.
Visit Flamengo Park, a reclaimed land project that is efficiently converted into a famous public space filled with manicured gardens, skating rinks, jogging paths and cycling tracks. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is a scenic lagoon that offers live music shows, picnic spots and interesting activities like skateboarding, hiking, biking and canoeing among others. Botanical Gardens is a special place filled with local plants and trees in a beautiful setting comprising of ponds, fountains, statues and shaded places to sit and relax. Ucra is the trendiest neighbourhood in Rio with scenic views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay.
The world’s greatest sporting spectacle combines with the world’s greatest partying destination in the summers of 2016. So, book your flights and hotels to Rio without delay and be part of Rio Olympics 2016 spectacle.