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Football stadium in Rio, Brazil

Football in Rio

There are several football clubs in the sizeable and vast city of Rio de Janeiro and as one might imagine, there is great competition by these local teams.These teams include:

Going to a game is a quite amazing in Rio de Janeiro as I found out. The size of the crowds can be huge ie close to 100,000 and the passion as you might well expect, from a Brazilian crowd, is insanely vibrant.

Rio Marathon, Brazil

Of all of the marathons held around the world each year, there are few which have a more glamorous setting than the annual Rio Marathon. It is perhaps one of the best events in the world for the runner who likes to avoid the commercial aspect which hampers so many of the world’s marathons, for the event allows the runner the freedom of much of the city without the restrictions of many others. Despite this, the marathon is still a well organised event which provides a great challenge and superb support for the runners. The marathon is visitor friendly as info and help is provided in a number of languages.

In total the marathon allows approximately 4,000 people to enter, and as such, early application is required for the opportunity to enjoy this fabulous event. The route for Rio marathon takes the runner along a scenic route which includes much of the coastline of the city before heading through the wealthy area of Sao Conrado, an area which also happens to have beautiful landscape. This section of the route provides great views of the sea and the surrounding area.

The route then runs along the famous Copacabana and Botafogo before ending up in Aterro do Flamengo. It is a challenging course which includes significant incline in certain places, and the fact that the marathon is held in the middle of the summer adds to the challenge, especially for those not used to running in this climate. The good news is that there are plenty of drinks along the way to help you make the most of this fabulous event in one of the best cities in the world.

Find out more from the official Rio Marathon website.

Enjoying a game of beach volleyball in Copacabana

Enjoying a game of beach volleyball in Copacabana

Olympics

The Olympics is the largest sporting event on earth which contains the best athletes and viewing figures which reach hundreds of millions. There are a number of reasons why the Olympics is so popular, including the history and tradition and the fact that so many sports are included, meaning that there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy. The Olympic Games in 2016 is to be held in Rio, something which is highly anticipated and a massive challenge for a developing country.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the biggest cities in Brazil which has a population easily into the millions, so the city is certainly used to catering for large numbers of people, which is a good job as the Olympics is one of the most highly attended events in the world. The sporting atmosphere in Brazil will ensure the 2016 Olympics will be like none other before, with a party atmosphere guaranteed.

In terms of the practicalities of hosting the event, millions of dollars will be spent transforming areas of the city into the modern environment required for such a high profile event. This is no small job and thousands of people are involved in the process. The majority of the Olympic action will take place in 4 main areas, the Maracana, the Copacabana, the Deodoro and the Barra. The main Olympic stadium will be the João Havelange Stadium, which is the venue for the flagship athletics event. The stadium was built in 2007 and will be developed further ahead of the games.

Accommodation & Places to Stay in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana

If you are looking to stay in Rio, I have stayed in the following three hotels and can recommend them:

Windsor Atlântica (Copacabana)

(1020 Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana) – A lovely hotel which I stayed in for 2 nights and although not the cheapest hotel, a quite stunning location and the service was second to none. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel and in a great location, I would recommend the Windsor. (BOOK ERE TO STAY!)

Praia Lido Hotel (Copacabana)

(202 Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana) – also located close to Copacabana Beach, this is a much cheaper option than the Windsor and great overall value from my experience staying here. A short taxi ride from the coach station and the staff I found extremely helpful. Make sure to grab a map from them and get them to mark the building and local attractions, including the Maracanã Stadium.
(Book here for the Praia Lido Hotel!)

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