Rio has big plans. Though it has long been a popular tourist destination on the world stage and perhaps the most widely recognized party town anywhere, Rio is getting ready to host two of the world’s biggest events. As one of Brazil’s major cities, it will play host to the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics. It feels like this party town is getting serious on the world stage.
It feels like this party town is getting serious on the world stage. Soccer blood runs through most Brazilian’s veins, so the World Cup seems like a natural fit for them (they hosted a World Cup back in 1950) and Brazil is the home of the most famous soccer player in history, Pele.
The truth is, Rio is more prepared for this world attention than you might think, after all it has lots of experience playing annual host with its “Caranaval” celebration, drawing thousands of domestic and foreign visitors to the city to samba, experience the beautiful beaches and to have a “whatever happens in Rio, stays in Rio” moment. In addition, Brazilians have a reputation for being welcoming hosts, with a laid back attitude and party spirit, they have a way of making it easy for everyone to join in the party.
If Rio is in your travel plans over the next few years, you are sure to see a hustle and bustle as the city prepares for two big world events. Even with all the preparation, Rio offers up its staple attractions that will continue to draw visitors even after the Olympics are over.
– Carnaval – Like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the date for Carnaval changes every year as it is tied to the religious holiday of Lent. The official Carnaval festival is held forty-six days before Easter. The upcoming even for 2012 starts on Friday, February 17th and ends on Ash Wednesday February 22nd.
– Christ the Redeemer statue – Perhaps one of the most recognizable symbols of the Rio skyline. Standing at 130 feet tall and 100 feet wide, the statue watches over the city below from its perch on Corcovado mountain.
– Famous beaches – Most people have heard of Copacabana and Ipanema. But these three other beaches are popular spots as well: Leme, Leblon, Barra
If you are working on travel plans, check out these two Best Western hotels located close to Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Best Western Plus Sol Ipanema Hotel