With just a year to go until the 2016 Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, sports enthusiasts are starting to get excited about the event. Rio has plenty to offer tourists, whether you’re visiting for the Olympics or just looking to book one of the great vacation rentals available in the city.
Explore the Tijuca National Park
This is the world’s largest urban forest, and it has miles of trails just waiting for you to explore. You can see an amazing collection of fauna and flora and enjoy amazing views of Rio.
Visit the Botanical Garden
This was created in 1808 by a future Portuguese king and is now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It contains rare varieties of plants and flowers and is a fantastic attraction for all the family. You’ll even have a chance to see the parakeets and monkeys up in the trees.
Watch soccer at the Maracana Stadium
This is a must for soccer fans, and it provides a unique experience for everyone. This is one of the world’s most famous sporting stadiums and it lets you see the true passion of the Brazilian supporters, including the banners, fireworks, and drums.
Check out the city’s museums
Rio has many museums and other cultural attractions to explore while you’re visiting the city. This includes a fantastic array of art galleries, such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Museum of Rio, and the Museum of Modern Art.