South America has, in my mind, always been a world separated by more than just the Atlantic Ocean. Stories from friends who have ventured to the ancient Incan ruins or the vast ecosystem that makes up the Amazon, have always seemed like tales and fantasies, Continue reading
If you’ve been inspired by last month’s Olympic Games to visit Rio de Janeiro, now is the perfect time to head to Brazil’s second-largest city. With the atmosphere of the Games still prevalent, a stop in Rio is a must if you’re thinking of heading to Latin America. Here is a selection of this vibrant city’s highlights, which encompass both some famous landmarks as well as lesser-known sights.
As the long-awaited 2016 Olympic Games get underway, Rio de Janeiro’s state employees have voiced their concerns about the financial crisis their city is facing. Back in June, Rio’s state governor Sergio Cabral Filho declared a state of ‘financial emergency’ and urged the Brazilian government to offer aid to the city to avoid widespread repercussions for ‘public security, health, education [and] transport’ after the majority of the city’s budget for several years now, has given priority to the Games. Continue reading
The Olympic Games were the pride of Britain in 2012, and it seems that Rio are just as excited as we were when it comes to the preparation for the 2016 Games. There has been some controversy over the extent to which Brazil will be ready however, as there seem to be delays with the building of the Olympic venues. According to John Coates the International Olympic Committee vice-president, this is a “worse situation” than when concerns arose regarding the preparations for Athens in 2004. Construction has not even begun on some venues in Rio, which means pressure is at an all time high for both Coates and the Olympic Committee. In spite of this however, the organisers of the 2016 Games have insisted that the games will still be “great”.