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Rio de Janeiro Olympics

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 5 – 21 August 2016

Calling all Incentive Specialists – have you started booking your groups to Rio yet ?
From August 5-21, 2016 – join the crowd!

Cariocas are proud of their city and are being put through an endurance test of living in a building site all to have the city ready for this unique event!

Instead of a drone, we send our eagle soaring the skies of Rio to bring back a report on what’s afoot!

The Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, often simply called Barra, will be the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Located in the west of the city, it is surrounded by lagoons and mountains, and boasts one of the best beaches in Rio.

Barra will be home to Barra Olympic Park, the largest concentration of Games venues, plus the RIOCENTRO Exhibition Centre that has four pavilions, the new Olympic Golf Course and the Pontal venue.

In all, the 15 competition venues in Barra will stage 23 Olympic sport disciplines and 13 Paralympic sport disciplines. The zone will also be home to the Olympic and Paralympic Village, Athletes’ Park and International Broadcasting Centre-Main Press Centre complex.

At this address you will find, just off the press, a complete and downloadable reference material of Barra: http://www.riodejaneirohotel.com.br/site/br/ler/13961/Noticias/ja-esta-disponivel-o-guia-da-barra

Hotels and accommodation:

There are 43 hotels open and in full operation in Barra and surrounding neighborhoods and the list covers from hostels to 5-star properties. Highlights are: Gran Mercure Rio centro for its proximity to the action center; Hilton Barra not at the very heart but very close and with easy access to places; Ibis Barra at the very beginning of Barra and Ibis RJ Parque Olimpico, each in a good location; Sheraton Barra and Windsor Barra beachfront property.


Arguably Rio de Janeiro’s most famous neighborhood, Copacabana is defined by its 4 km-long crescent-shaped beach. It is here that the Beach Volleyball Arena will be located – at the sport’s spiritual home in Brazil.

The marathon, swimming, triathlon, para-triathlon, Olympic cycling road race and Paralympic marathon events will be held in the waters and land around Fort Copacabana at the southern end of the beach.

A little further inland, the stunning Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by mountains and gazed down upon by Christ the Redeemer, will be the site of Lagoa Stadium. This venue will stage the rowing, canoe sprint and para-canoe events.

Marina da Glória, in the northern part of the Copacabana zone, sits alongside Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain and will be the base for the sailing competitions.

Hotels and accommodation:

Arena Leme is opening this October, a beachfront property at Leme. The Americas Copacabana is already open and we hear that there are still 12 others to be opened before the games.

Great news as offers expand and these new hotels fit the Copacabana hotel scene with smaller properties averaging 120/150 rooms.

These past few years, we have seen hostels and guest houses open adding to the expansion of accommodations in town.


The Maracanã is in the northern part of Rio, close to the city center. It includes two of Rio’s most famous landmarks: the Maracanã Football stadium, staging the opening and closing ceremonies and football matches; and Sambódromo, home of Rio’s carnival parade hosting the Olympic marathon and Olympic and Paralympic archery events.

The Olympic Stadium, built for the 2007 Pan-American Games and known locally as the “Engenhão” (after the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood in which it is located) will stage the athletics track and field events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, plus group-phase Olympic football matches.

The zone’s four venues will stage five Olympic sports and two Paralympic sports in 2016.


Deodoro Olympic Park will be the second largest concentration of competition venues during the Rio 2016 Games, promising a vibrant mix of traditional and newer sports.

Located in the west of Rio, this neighborhood played a prominent role in the 2007 Pan-American Games, when a number of new venues were built there.

The region has a strong military presence thanks to a large barrack and two of the venues built for the Pan-Am Games being renovated for the Rio 2016 Games – the Olympic Shooting Centre and Olympic Equestrian Centre – are used today by the army.

Deodoro’s nine venues will host 11 Olympic sports and four Paralympic sports in 2016 (text from the official website)

Art Rio

The scenario changes, but there is always this very close relationship of Cariocas and Art, translated in a variety of Cultural Centers, Museums, Art Galleries and Street Art.

From mummies to the latest art trend – that’s Rio for art lovers!

Come and enjoy the Jockey Club Lagoa side wall and the brand new Street Art panels. Needless to say, the year-long 450th anniversary celebration of Rio’s foundation this 2015 brings to the city a number of international exhibitions as well as the opening of Brazilian history archives and memorabilia.

The newest spot in town is the plaza in front of the MAR Museum by the pier downtown. Instead of the dilapidated square full of buses, today we have a beautiful plaza where weekend events are a hit!


The renovation of the Port Area as well as the historical downtown – city residents are turning their eyes to this part of town, now under a full renovation project with the building and/or renovation of housing and office units. It is refreshing to see an important part of our history coming back to life!

Both the National Heritage Institute and the Rio Preservation Areas Administration have credit lines for property owners and projects are underway in several parts of town. After a long “estrangement” between Rio’s historical areas and Cariocas, one is discovering the other and possibilities are mushrooming.

It is fantastic to see young entrepreneurs looking for old buildings for a complete renovation project, installing their offices once it is completed. We are beginning to hear of new families looking for a house in these lower rent areas that will follow the same path as above.

For more information, please contact Anna Nagy at brazil@euromic.com

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