The first Olympic Games in South America will be held in Rio de Janeiro, from August 5 to 21. The world’s most important sports event arrives in Rio just two years after the Soccer World Cup. Brazil’s energy, the warmth and joy of the cariocas will surely make Rio 2016 the most colorful and endearing Olympic Games in history.

Rio provides a beautiful, vibrating scenario, with beaches and landscapes that have become world icons. The impressive Copacabana beach will be the venue of some of the most important events, while the opening and closing ceremonies will be celebrated in the great Maracaná Stadium. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will become one of the most memorable events in the world.

The city has four areas in which the different Olympic sports competitions will be held. Barra, in the west of the city, is the location of the venues for basketball, hockey, judo, wrestling, cycling, swimming, boxing and gymnastics. Copacabana beach will be the home of triathlon, rowing, kayaking and sailing. Maracaná will house the track & field events, rugby, archery and soccer. Last of all, Deodoro, in the northern part of Rio, will hold the equestrian events, modern pentathlon, shooting and cross country cycling. Soccer will be played in a number of stadiums spread across southeast Brazil.

The main places where the Rio Olympics will take place are not far from the city center, so it will be easy to combine the Olympics with regular vacation activities.

Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa, is a fascinating city on its own. Colorful, tropical, sexy and attractive, everything seems to flow along following the samba rhythm and nothing seems to be taken seriously—except soccer and traffic.

Its striking landscapes feature mountainsides covered in Atlantic rain forest, lakes worthy of a postcard, a glimpse or two of impressive architecture and of course its golden beaches. Rio is a non-stop party, always open and happy, so don’t be surprised if you fall in love with the place.

The mandatory visits include the Corcovado, the Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana, Rio’s most famous district. Ipanema and Leblon are two other exclusive districts you should visit, and of course you can’t go away without taking a swim in the crystal-clear waters and walking on the white sandy beaches.

When night falls you can enjoy the samba in Lapa, join the throngs in Maracaná, and wait for the sun to rise on Copacabana beach after a night of samba and fun.

The Rio Olympics should be marked out on your schedule—you can’t let them slip by!


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