Rio preps for its time in the spotlight
Rio de Janiero, famous for its sun-soaked beaches, lively nightlife, and beautiful people, has begun to age in the last couple of years. But consider that phase over, because the Cidade Maravilhosa has found its botox: not only will it be home to the 2016 Olympic Games, but also to the 2014 FIFA World Cup! With the legendary viewing audiences of these events, these are likely to be the two most-watched spectacles on television this decade. As the whole world watches, you can bet the Brazilians are rising to the occasion. They’re on high gear improving their airports, public transportation systems and street safety as the clock winds down to the opening ceremonies.
Even the famous kiosks that line Copacabana beach are getting a makeover. These huts– may of which are actually spinoffs of Rio restaurants– are open into the night and serve tasty snacks and refreshing, reasonably priced drinks. It’s a great place to people watch or just take a moment to relax from a whirlwind day enjoying Rio’s many attractions.
For Rio, we recommend Copacabana Palace, an Orient Express hotel, which is itself undergoing renovations this summer. It’s part of our Milestones feature as a great place for a Girls’ & Guys’ Getaway.