The Ultimate Guide to Rio 2016 Olympic Games

If you are heading off to Brazil for the Olympics this summer, you are in luck. Rio de Janeiro is one of the friendliest cities in the world and you are going to have an amazing time.

In this ultimate guide to Rio 2016, our Travel Managers share their best tips for enjoying the world's biggest sporting event in Rio, the carnival capital of the world.

The Games

This year's Olympic Games run from August 5-21 and the Paralympics are being held the month after, September 7-18.

The official ticket reseller for the UK is CoSport. If you buy tickets from here, they are sure to be legitimate. If you are still looking for tickets to some events, be extremely vigilant for fraudulent tickets. The 2012 Games saw a lot of crime and it is certain to happen this year, too.

Where to Stay

For the classic beach-front luxury hotel, travellers are spoilt for choice – but book as soon as possible. They are sure to fill up very quickly. If the Copacabana is calling your name this summer, stay at the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana for a hotel with beautiful view, luxury interiors and one of the city's best restaurants.

Visitors seeking to avoid this notorious hotspot may enjoy staying at Hotel Santa Teresa. A luxury hotel, but with a boutique feel, the interiors are relaxed and minimal, yet refined, with pure whites and warm brown wooden fixtures.  Its bohemian vibe fits in perfectly with the hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood.

Santa Teresa is the winding, hilltop district on the way to Cristo Redentor. It is the best place to experience some of the city's rich Afro Brazilian culture, with cool cafes and bars everywhere, plus great views of the city and beach below.

Away from the Games

The Olympic Games always bring out the best in the host city. If you thought London was friendly and welcoming during the 2012 Games, just wait until Rio's operation hospitality goes into full swing. The people are fiercely proud of their city, and will stop at nothing to make sure everyone who shows up for the Games feels at home.

But there's a lot you can do to add to the spirit of the Games, too. Any travellers to Rio would be well advised to learn some basic vocabulary. Saying hi to one-and-all in the streets is the norm, and if you can't even do this, you might feel isolated from the party atmosphere.

It is best to leave valuables at home (or in the hotel safe). Away from the luxury hotels and restaurants around Copacabana, you simply won't need them and they will certainly draw unwanted attention.

To find the best places to eat fine food, check out this post of the best restaurants in Brazil. To try something a little more authentic, go to Fogo do Chão. It is an all-you-can-eat Rodizío selling classic Brazilian grilled cuisine.

Come First Place with Simplexity

From finding your tickets to booking your rooms, and everything in between, speak to Simplexity about arranging your trip to the Games today. We will take the stress out of your Olympic adventure, leaving you free to enjoy one of the greatest shows on Earth.

Call today on 0203 535 9290 or email leisure@simplexitytravel.com now!

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