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Olympic & Paralympic Games 2016: FAQs

What are the dates of the Rio Olympics?

Olympics: Opening ceremony Friday 5th August, closing ceremony Sun 21st August 2016.
Paralympics : 7th – 18th September 2016

Where will the games take place in Rio?

There are four main areas where competitions and other events will take place. Copacabana beach strip, Maracanã stadium in a suburb north of the city, Deodoro 30km from the city centre while the main hub of activity will be in Barra da Tijuca, an expanding western zone. Note that some of the venues have been changed from the original plan and this revision may continue.

Do Journey Latin America sell tickets to the 2016 Olympics Games?

Unfortunately not, as per the FIFA World Cup, no operators can sell tickets. Our advice would be to see the official Rio 2016 Website.

When can one buy tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games?

Sign up to the official Rio 2016 Ticketing Programme for the latest updates. The first phase of ticket sales is due to take place in March/April 2015.

Which cities are hosting the 2016 Olympic Games?

The 2016 Rio Games are not just in Rio! While most of the events will take place in and around the host city, competitions will also take place in Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia and São Paulo.

What will the weather be like in Rio in August?

Rio is in the southern hemisphere meaning August is mid-winter. Typically, winter in Rio means a mix of weather, a bit like an English summer. Sunny days are very pleasant indeed with temperatures reaching the high 70s while occasional weather fronts blowing in from Atlantic can dampen things down and make it rather chilly on the beach.

Where else combines well with a trip to Rio?

A trip to Rio combines brilliantly with other key highlights in Brazil, namely; Ilha Grande, the Iguazú Falls, the Pantanal and the Amazon. Other lesser-known regions yet utterly spectacular places we would highly recommend combining on your trip to Rio are Buzios, Salvador da Bahia, São Luís, Leçóois Maranhenses National Park and the canyons and mountains of Santa Catarina.

Santa Catarina in August is a great time for trekking with cool and clear weather, although slightly too cool for sitting and lazing on the beach it will be the whale watching season as they pass close to the coastline.

Take a look at a couple of our suggested itineraries:

Value Brazil: The Emerald Coast – this a short, great value holiday, spending time on sun-drenched beaches and beyond. Begin in Rio on the Atlantic shores, before heading down the coast to the historic colonial port of Parati and thence you take a ferry to Ilha Grande, a vehicle-free, forest-cloaked island, once a backpacker’s secret but now studded with pretty pousadas.

10 days from £1,089pp

Signature Brazil: Brazil at a Glance – this is a highlights tour which aims to show off the country at its best – in just two weeks! Featuring Rio de Janeiro, a sensual city full of fun; Iguazú Falls, the world’s most impressive; the exuberant jungles of the Amazon and the city of Salvador, the pulsating African heart of the country. 

15 days from £3,038pp

How far in advance can one book a hotel?

The Olympics Committee is currently holding much of the hotel space in Rio; we will keep you updated as and when space becomes available.

Will Rio be safe?

Remember Rio is a big developing world metropolis, not just a beach resort. So if you take similar, common sense precautions to those you’d take in any major Latin American city, you should have a safe and enjoyable trip. You can anticipate a fantastic party atmosphere as Rio welcomes the Olympics but do remember to leave your valuables in the hotel safe, avoid walking on the beaches after dusk, take taxis at night if going more than a few blocks and always be aware of your surroundings. Many Cariocas pay careful attention to their security by carrying - and wearing - as little as possible. Enjoy! 

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