Rio de Janeiro, the capital of the world in 2016


The city will host next summer’s biggest sporting event. The Olympic Games have a Brazilian name and will be the first in the history of South America

Let the countdown begin. 2016 will be the year of Rio de Janeiro, which will become the capital of the world. The Olympic Games will be held in the Brazilian city and mark a milestone in history: they will also be the first to be held in South America.

10,500 athletes from 205 countries will come together to participate in the competitions durring the 20 days in August. The Olympic flame is lit on Day 5 after the journey of the Olympic torch through much of Brazil thanks to about 12,000 people. The regions of Deodoro, Maracaná, Barra and Copacabana will be hosting the celebration of the competitions.

The country’s second most populous city, and not without setbacks, is working around the clock to get everything ready on time and show its best side and the most perfect organization to the world that already knows some of the attractions of the city.

Rio de Janeiro will present, even better thanks to the Olympic Games, its best tourist attractions. The beaches of Copacabana and Barra will not only serve for the enjoyment of tourists but will also host some competitions. Christ the Redeemer will welcome all athletes, Olympic delegations and lovers of sport.

In total, there have been 12,000 million euros invested in the area, more than 35% of the initial budget, with the hope for all the infrastructure to be used in the future. In fact, the mayor Eduardo Paes confirms that for the city, the “fundamental legacy of the Games” will be the light rail, metro and bus lane, still in development.

What is clear is that Rio de Janeiro is a tourist destination increasingly booming and with significant hotel growth. BlueBay Group hotel chain plans to open several establishments in the area of Maricá in the coming years under their brands Blue Diamond, BlueBay Hotels & Resorts and Bellevue Hotels & Resorts

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Date –  From 5 to 21 August

Places –  In 32 of four regions of Rio de Janeiro: Deodoro, Maracaná, Barra and Copacabana

Sports – 42 sport disciplines

People – 45,000 volunteers, 8,000 employees and 10,500 athletes. 85,000 armed officers. Tourists are expected to reach two million.

Tickets – 7.5 million have been put on sale. Half costs less than $ 30.

Mascots – Vinicius and Tom. They represent the fauna and flora of Brazil.

Novelty – Golf and rugby compete again after a 112 and 92 year hiatus, respectively.



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