The Olympic Games are this year in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympics are often controversial in one way or another but this year’s seems to have been one of the most controversial ever.
Just 2 years ago Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup under controversy of alleged corruption and now many of the stadiums remain empty. Furthermore, Brazilians were upset with the cost of staging the tournament. That controversy has continued with this year’s Olympics. Brazilians are protesting on the streets about the high cost of the games, whilst many still live in slums.
It was thought the stadium wouldn’t be ready in time, in fact, the Olympic village is reported to still be unfinished, many athletes arriving have decided not to stay in the Olympic village. The Zika virus has also put many off wanting to travel to Brazil, many top professional golfers have decided not to enter the competition stating their fear of contracting Zika as the reason.
To add to the news surrounding the games in the lead up The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report criticizing Russia, claiming state sponsored doping of many of its athletes and recommending their exclusion from the Rio Olympics. Although Russia wasn’t completely banned, many of its athletes were.
Looking further at Rio and Brazil’s reputation around the world many see it as a dangerous city and true, there are some no-go areas, full of gangs and many slums but there is of course a great side to Rio de Janeiro and really a city to you must visit.
Rio de Janeiro is known in Brazilian as Cidade Maravilhosa which means the marvelous city. The City is set by the sea, known for its famous beaches, in fact, there are 23 of them. Many recognize the name Copacabana and Ipanema from popular culture and these are spectacular, well worth a visit.
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When you think of Rio, it’s not just the beaches people go for. The huge statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado and Sugarloaf. It stands 38 metres above the city where you can see breathtaking views.
One of the things that surprises people about Rio is the array of Flaura and Fauna. You will see some amazing flowers along the roads and sidewalks, in the parks and along the beaches. There are some beautiful animals and birds like parrots, toucans, parakeets as well as the cheeky monkeys that hide in the trees.
Food in Brazil is not unique, but there is a huge variety of restaurants in Rio that cater for all tastes with food from around the world. Nightlife in Brazil is always vibrant, the clubs in Rio are vast and varied. Of course the Brazilian Samba is well known around the world and there are plenty of dance clubs to experience this unique and exciting pastime.
If you really want to party, then head to Rio during the carnival season, which is happens during mardi gras every year. The Rio carnival is one of the most colourful and popular mardi gras events in the world and Brazilians and tourists alike enjoy the party atmosphere.
Rio de Janeiro offers something for everyone from the beach lover, to the culture vulture or the party animal. A great place to visit any time of the year. So as you watch the 2016 Olympics, see if you get the buzz to visit one of the greatest cities in the world.
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