Rio’s possibly the sexiest city on earth. Add the world’s most addictive competition and it’s a home run vacation.
This is a drop-everything-and-just-go kind of trip—the ultimate reason to use up your vacation days. Commit and you’ll be courtside for Olympic beach volleyball, caipirinha in hand, with jungle mountain peaks one direction and turquoise surf the other. With our help, it’s easier to go than you think.
Read our guide to know your options, then get in touch to start planning your trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics.
WHY GO? 6 CONVINCING REASONS
Brazilians throw the best parties. This is where Samba, Cumbia, Bossa Nova, and Reggaeton collide with sand, sunshine and fresh-squeezed cocktails. And good looking people with lots of spirit.
No visa necessary! Brazil is waiving their notoriously tricky visa process during Olympic travel.
Brazil is finally affordable. The Brazilian Real is weak and the US Dollar is strong, meaning you can visit one of the world’s coolest cities during one of the world’s coolest events without breaking the bank.
Rio’s a city in a jungle, literally. Rio has rainforest, mountains, coasts, funiculars, hikes, and we haven’t even gotten to the iconic Ipanema and Copacabana beaches yet. Bottom-line: Rio’s a stunning backdrop for any Olympic event.
Currently there are nonstop flights under $900 from major US cities including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Houston, and D.C.
The Rio Olympic Games are promising major firsts and lasts. We’ll name a few: the first time the Olympics have been held in Brazil (and South America!), the first participating team of refugees, and sprinter Usain Bolt’s last games before he retires.
HAVE A COMPLETE VACATION BETWEEN OLYMPIC EVENTS
Rio is repeatedly named the most beautiful city on earth. We love so much about it: its upbeat spirit, nonstop beaches, passionate locals, rich heritage, soul food, and striking natural wonders… you can have a complete vacation between events without leaving the city. Some of our favorite stops:
Eat | Try the Feijoada! Cariocans (Rio locals) pride themselves on making the best in Brazil
Culture | Walk through Santiago Calatrava’s incredible architecture and see a vision of the future at the newly opened Museum of Tomorrow
Sweat | Get your sport on, too, and try the local art of capoeira, take a surf lesson, and climb sugarloaf mountain
Soar | See Christ the Redeemer statue rising from the clouds by helicopter. Or, paraglide! Take a leap from one of the city’s highest points for a birds-eye-view of Brazil as you glide through ocean spray
Explore | Discover how a childhood game catapulted its creators from the favela they grew up in to become world renowned art stars at the Morrinho Project
WE HAVE VIP TICKETS UNAVAILABLE TO MOST
We have access to VIP Olympic tickets. What does this mean? These tickets come with perks that will transform your Olympic experience like getting to events in the exclusive VIP travel lane so you don’t waste time sitting in traffic or detouring at road blocks. This is key, trust us. We will also set you up with a private guide and driver who has access to the VIP lanes and knows the city’s secrets, so you can avoid taxis and parking pains, and hit local favorites between events rather than getting stuck in tourist traps.
FINDING A PLACE TO STAY: IT’S NOT AS EASY AS IT SEEMS (we can help)
With events taking place in Rio proper and Olympic Village (they are not within walking distance), deciding where to stay is more complicated than just choosing a hotel and reserving a room. We know when and where events are taking place so we can help you decide whether to prioritize atmosphere or whether it’s worth sacrificing some charm in favor of logistical ease. First, we can help you decode the best locale for you. Then, we can help secure private villa rentals, complete buyouts or hard-to-get hotel rooms.
Villas vs. hotel rooms vs. buyouts? We know which options are best for families, groups, solo travelers, and couples, and we will make accommodation recommendations personalized for you.
We know the minimum night stay requirements and will make them clear and straightforward.
Should you have concerns, our team is available to advise on the latest facts and answer your questions.
UNMISSABLE GETAWAYS BEYOND RIO
Even if you just want to see a couple of events, the Olympics in Rio are worth it. There will never be a more exciting time to visit Rio. Period. What’s more, August in Brazil promises ideal weather, and Rio is the perfect base for discovering the rest of the country. Explore our top picks for what to do before or after your Olympic experience:
Beaches | Brazil’s coasts and beaches are world-famous. We know the best ones. Just ask.
Salvador | Spend a few days in the cultural heartbeat of Brazil where you can witness spontaneous capoeira performances, stroll the cobblestone streets taking in the 17th-century architecture, and indulge in the colorful art scene.
Fernando de Noronha | Relax on the rugged Fernando de Noronha archipelago, a protected tropical wonderland where dolphins jump from the water and miles of beaches and coral reefs beg to be explored. Considered the Galápagos of Brazil.
The Pantanal | This is the largest wetland on earth, and happens to be Brazil’s lesser-known wildlife mecca. We love this UNESCO World Heritage site for peaceful days with chances to see jaguars, piranha, and mind-blowing birdlife without the crowds.
Inhotim | Visit this visionary complex of world-renowned art installations spectacularly set within a botanical garden fantasyland just outside Belo Horizonte.
Trancoso | Known as “the best beach in Brazil,” Trancoso is all about laidback luxury with endless stretches of sand and is a non-stop party year round.
The Amazon | Cruise the uninhabited backwaters of the Rio Negro, encounter wildlife you haven’t heard of yet, and taste the wild with experimental meals showcasing ingredients only found in the Amazon.
Ready to go? Get in touch and let’s start planning your 2016 Olympics trip.
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