South of the Border—Head to Rio de Janeiro

Photo: Raphael Macek Photography

As if sun, sand, and surf weren’t reason enough to travel down south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city is hosting the 2016 Olympic Games this month (yes, ponies included!). 

Held August 5-21, Rio’s Olympics are sure to make a splash. Equestrian enthusiasts can watch their favorite athletes (human and horse!) just a short ride from the main action. Make sure to take public transportation to the Olympic Equestrian Centre, as there is no parking at the facility.

If horseplay starts to get tiring (which we’ve heard is physically impossible), check out one of the other Olympic sports highlighted at the Games. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite! If you can’t find tickets in time but still want in on the action, a few sports run through areas open to the public, including rowing, sailing, and triathlon. Aside from fun shopping around the Games, make sure to check out the Culture Festival, which celebrates Rio’s vast diversity. 

Outside of the Games, Rio is rife with exciting attractions and cultural landmarks. Looking for an excuse to sunbathe? From famous spots like Copacabana (singing not necessary) to the quieter Recreio Beach, Rio has too many luxurious beaches to count. Pack some sunscreen and laze the day away. More of an adventurous type? Hang gliding, hiking, surfing, and helicopter tours all highlight the beauty of the city while satisfying thrill-seekers. 

Known for its wild nightlife, Rio is the place to let loose and dance the night away. Before letting your hair down, however, it’s worth reading up on safety in the city. A few important points: carry as little cash as possible, make a copy of your passport and keep the original in a safe at the hotel, and always be aware of your surroundings. 

Whether you choose to cheer on top equestrians from around the world or venture out into the tropical paradise, Rio has something to offer for every type of traveler.

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