With the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games being held this year, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has been in the forefront of the news. Although not always for positive reasons, playing host this year to these world games, after hosting the World Cup two years ago, is something the city is certainly proud of. This, along with the annual Carnaval, as well as iconic landmarks, gorgeous beaches, and natural wonders of the Amazon and Iguassu Falls, make for a memorable Brazil vacation.
The first city in South America to host the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is a place like no other. Its historical downtown is undergoing an urban waterfront revitalization project called Porto Maravilha, making the area more accessible and easy to navigate for travellers. Most of the Olympic and Paralympic games will be held in a neighbourhood called Barra da Tijuca, on the western side of Rio, shouldered by Atlantic coastline. The Olympic Village is located in Barra da Tijuca, as well as the Barra Olympic Park, a 1.18 million square meter area that will have seven venues, and host 15 sports, with a live site where games will be broadcast on large screens and feature live entertainment. The events that aren’t at Barra da Tijuca will be held at Copacabana Beach, Maracana, and Deodoro. Planning out your day at the games can be tough, considering how many events take place at once. However you schedule your time, the opening ceremony, and at least one medal ceremony, are both must-sees.
When you aren’t watching the games, there’s no shortage of unforgettable experiences to be had in such a diverse and eclectic city. Rio is full of beautiful mountains with tropical flora and fauna. A hike up to the pinnacle of Dois Irmãos affords a spellbinding panoramic view of Ipanema, Arpoador, Tijuca Forest, São Conrado, and Rio’s famous golden coastline. The city is always teeming with exuberant energy, and the unique sounds of Brazilian music, like samba, bossa nova, and funk, emanate from the streets at all hours of the day.
While you’re in Rio, taking an epic tour of Iguassu Falls is an unmissable experience. Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, the Iguassu Falls are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and are world renowned for their sublime beauty. In fact, if there’s time, why not add Argentina to your Brazil vacation?
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Right now until September 18, 2016, and in honour of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Canadian and US passport holders won’t require a tourist visa when planning their Brazil vacation. Finding a hotel room, sorting out visas, and booking a plane ticket for the same time and place as over 500,000 other people can be a huge challenge, so this visa exemption makes access to Rio easier than ever.
Even if you don’t go for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a visit to Brazil is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. In fact, consider a Brazil vacation for something a little different, such as attending the Formula 1 Race in Sao Paulo or ringing in the new year in exhilarating Rio!
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