2016 Olympics Rio de Janeiro: Ultimate Guide For A Perfect Trip

One of the most enticing events scheduled in 2016 is the Summer Olympics. With a dazzling venue of Rio de Janeiro, the event is going to be spectacular. Millions of participants and spectators will be travelling to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

2016 Olympics

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And yes, Rio is ready! Are you?

The Schedule For Rio Olympics 2016

The games will be held from August 5, 2016 to August 21, 2016. In the span of 17 days, 306 events will take place for 28 sports. Around 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will be participating!

Read more about the details of the games in Olympics 2016

Transportation

How to Reach:

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The Airline have geared up for this mega event and major airlines like Air France, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa are offering non-stop flights to Rio from all the major European destinations. TAM and British Airways are offering flights from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao international airport.

It’s best to buy a return ticket since that’s your only chance to save money on the flight tickets to Rio during 2016 Olympics.

Tip: Another great way to find a budget flight to the Olympics 2016 is to fly to some other Brazilian destination rather than Rio. The flights will be slightly cheaper and the inter-country transport will help you save a lot of bucks.

Read the detailed information on How to Reach Rio de Janeiro.

How to Travel within Rio:

Taxi:

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Rio has a pretty decent public transport and to the visitor’s relief, the taxis are cheap in Rio. Although, it is speculated that the taxi hire companies might hike the prices prior to the Olympics season, Rio’s metro lines will suffice for travellers to get around.

Metro:

Rio has 2 existing metro lines:

Line 1 starts from Ipanema, serving the tourist area of Zona Sul (Copacabana, Urca) and Rio Centro.

Line 2 begins at Botafogo and runs through the neighbourhoods of the North Zone (Zona Norte).

The third line is proposed to open before the Olympics which will connect the city to Barra da Tijuca; the area where most of the Olympic Games will take place.

Bus:

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A new BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) line has been introduced to cater to the visitor’s travelling to Rio for Olympics 2016. It connects the airport to main arenas and stadiums and the Barra da Tijuca. With fares around 4 Euros, the line will serve as a major transport option during the events.

Bike:

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With second largest cycle lane in South America, hiring a bike and finding your way through the city will also be an option.

Venues For The Games

The games will be held in four different spaces- Barra Olympic Park, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracana.

Barra Olympic Park

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Deodoro Stadium

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Maracana Stadium

  

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Copacabana Stadium

 

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Stunning aren't they?

Accommodation And Restaurants

 

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This one’s going to be tricky! After the accommodation is booked for the participants and people involved in the games, there is going to be a huge tug-of-war to find an accommodation in Rio, especially one near either of the venues.

The prices will shoot up and it’s best to Book Now if you plan to visit Rio for Olympics. Home-stays can also be an option.

Know more about Hotel Bookings in Rio de Janiero during Olympics

Tip: To save money on accommodation, you can opt for a hotel located outside the areas where the games are being held. You’ll have to travel, but you’ll get a better deal.

Rio de Janeiro has abundant restaurants and cafes that serve lip-smacking food of various cuisines.

Read more about the Restaurants in Rio

Sightseeing And Activities in Rio de Janeiro

There are tons of things to do in Rio de Janeiro and while you visit the city for the Olympic Games, make sure you don’t miss out on these top attractions of the city:

Christ The Redeemer

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The most identifiable structure of Brazil, this stunning gigantic statue of Christ stands atop Corcovado Mountain. A natural landmark, visit this place and you’ll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the city.

Visitor Information: Accessible by Train, open from 8 am to 7 pm, ticketed entry

Jardim Botanico

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Home to around 6500 flora and fauna, this botanical garden is a bounty of delights and one of the best places in the country to observe endangered plants of indigenous as well as foreign origin.

Visitor Information: Accessible by bus, open from 8 am to 5 pm, ticketed entry

Sugarloaf Mountain

 

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Another landmark of Rio de Janeiro, this mountain rises 1299 feet above the harbour and offers spectacular views of the beaches and mountains.

Visitor Information:  Accessible by Cable car, open from 8 am to 10 pm, ticketed entry

Copacabana Beach

 

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Not sure how to go around the huge city? Check these exclusive Rio Tours today! 

Ipanema Beach

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Plan your Rio itinerary with these tips and make the most of the Summer Olympics 2016!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RENUKA SHAHANE RENUKA SHAHANE

Living out of a carry-on and traversing through the labyrinths of Europe, exploring the wilderness of America, divulging the eccentric culture of the Latin world and re-connecting her roots that sprawl in the rustic villages of India is one dream that she sees every single night. Once Lost, Now Found; Renuka is still oscillating between the paths to choose and the dreams to chase. A believer of righteousness, she likes to trust that her life is in accordant with her favourite book.

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