Today I'll continue our exploration of Olympics destinations with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the 2016 Summer Olympics will take place from August 5 - 21, 2016. Rio is a 400-year-old city that has grown into a bustling metropolis with over 6.3 million residents.
In preparation for the Olympics, 3 new Brazil Rapid Transportation (BRT) corridors will link Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport with key game locations. Transcarioca will whisk visitors and athletes to Barra da Tijuca, where the bulk of the games will take place, Transolimpica, will link Deodoro and Barra da Tijuca, where there will be important venues for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Transbrasil providing access to Avenida Brasil.
Major attractions in Rio de Janeiro include the iconic Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer, Floresta da Tijuca, a perfectly preserved, 3,972-hectare rainforest in the heart of the city, Cidade do Samba showcasing the richness of Brazil's carnival tradition, and Aterro do Flamengo, the city's largest recreational greenspace.
Major hotels include the CopaCabana Palace by Orient Express, dating back to 1923, the 94-room Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio, a new hotel on Ipanema Beach, and Serena Boutique Resort, a 40-room luxury boutique hotel on Geriba Beach, with a 2-storey loft and suites that is 160 kilometers outside Rio de Janeiro.
For more Cvent Blog posts about Olympics destinations, also check out Rio de Janeiro Named Host of 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil Tourism Numbers to Skyrocket from Olympic Games, World Cup and Former Host Cities Continue to See Olympic Gains.
Photo Credit: Pedro Kirilos/RioTur