Rio de Janeiro is the first South American city to ever host the summer Olympic Games. Beginning on August 5, the games will feature 28 sports.
If you are going to Rio for the games, connect with fellow olympians on btrfly, find out who is flying for the event by entering your flight number and gain exclusive access to the Rio lounges, follow the Rio2016 posts and network with other btrfly users.
Use your smartphone. Get a local SIM Card if you need to. Technology is playing a bigger role in the Summer Olympics in Rio, Airbnb is the official lodging supplier of the games with close to 25,000 listings and Uber will provide transportation services.
Venues for the events are clustered around four areas: Barra, Copacabana, Maracanã and Deodoro. The beach volleyball will be played on the iconic Copacabana beach, the marathon is ending in the Sambadrome, the home of Carnival, and the opening ceremony, as well as the soccer matches, will take place in the famous Maracanã Stadium.
For breathtaking views of Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain, go to the candle-lit veranda of The Lodge at sunset. Located in the bohemian town of Santa Teresa, charmingly known as the ‘Montmartre of Rio’, the impressive colonial mansion boasts a plethora of rooms, terraces and balconies overlooking luxurious gardens and a beautiful pool. Inside, a cool club house and vintage-style tea salon offer more than enough to keep you entertained.
Formerly a private house, the building is turning into a bold and beautiful members-club style venue for the duration of the Games (4-21 August) – and you don’t even have to be a member for an exclusive bite of the action.
It’s a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the scorching city, a place to entertain clients and drink the best G&T’s in Brazil
Get comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for all the activities you want to do.
Credit cards are accepted at many major tourist attractions, but not always at restaurants, taxis and shops.
Tipping is not compulsory and also not expected from the local people. Service charges (around 10 %) are added to hotel or restaurant bills at the end. Additional tips can be given just to appreciate good service or to round up the bill to a whole number.
Taxis are not expensie in Rio, the ride from the airport to the city centre will take approx. half an hour and cost around R$ 65 (approx. US$65). It’s not obligatory to give tips to the taxi drivers. However, taxi drivers round up the fare as a tip for their services.
Brazil dealt successfully with protecting visitors during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there is no reason to be alarmed but it is still a good idea to be vigilant. The most common forms of crime affecting tourists are pick pockets and street muggings, see the CitySafe page about Rio de Janeiro.
Although the food offered by beach vendors (such as shrimp, oysters and natural sandwiches), might look appealing, it is advisable to order food from traditional restaurants and delis. If you want to drink beer or soda on the beach, it’s best to use a cup or a straw instead of drinking directly from the can.
An excellent way to avoid many of the safety and sanitary issues while at the beach is to rentdeck chairs and an umbrella from one of the many kiosks located on the major beaches. Most hotels also have a kiosk and some even pay for a military police presence in the vicinity of their location. Drinks and snacks ordered from the kiosk are usually of high quality. There, you can open a tab and pay for your orders as you leave.
Galdino Campos Clinic (24 hours, 7 days a week. All specialties) accepts most traveler´s insurance or health plans. Home-care visit at hotels and hostels also available.
Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 492
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
To prevent mosquito bites, use insect repellent, use EPA-registered insect repellents that contain at least 20% DEET (products include Cutter Backwoods and Off! Deep Woods).
CDC recommends that pregnant women not go to the Olympics.