ABOUT RIO

CITY OF RIO
  • First time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games
  • Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America
  • With nearly 12 million residents, Rio is Brazil’s second-largest city behind São Paulo
  • Rio is a bustling city and best known for its sandy beaches, carnivals, music and preserved lush tropical forests
  • The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be divided into four main zones: Barra, Copacabana, Maracanã and Deodoro
WEATHER & CLIMATE
  • Winter time sees pleasant warm temperatures and little rainfall
  • Average air temperature varies between 18.3 ℃ and 27.0 ℃ in August
  • Average humidity varies between 70% and 80%

Arriving in Rio

Rio de Janeiro - Galeão International Airport
Hours of Operation: 24 hours / 7 days a week
Location:  Av. Vinte de Janeiro, s/nº (Rio de Janeiro)  
Website:  http://www.aeroportogaleao.net/en/
Airport Services
Public Wi-fi
ATMs
Post Office
Pharmacy

Public Transportation


The Rio public transportation network, specifically, the BRT and Rio Metro, are methods of transportation during the Games.

These systems are outside of the protected bubble-to-bubble Olympic system and part of the public domain. All passengers will require to purchase passes to access these modes of transportation.

BUS

METRO
  • The MetroRio system has two lines that cross Rio De Janeiro from the north zone to the south zone
  • R$3.70 (single ticket)
  • Women’s exclusive cars available workdays from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
  • Click here to visit the MetroRio website

Taking a Taxi

General Use
  • There are two rates for taxis in Rio:
    • Taxi rate #1 applies from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday
    • Taxi rate #2 applies from 9:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday
  • Tipping is not the norm in Rio
  • If you need a receipt, always ask the driver if he is able to do so before getting in the car
  • If a taxi does not have a meter, find out the price of your trip before getting into the car

From the Airport
  • Aerocoop and Aerotaxi are regular yellow taxis at the airport
  • Taxi stands are available at Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport
  • Average fare for a trip from the airport to Copacabana is R$130
Taxi Telephone Numbers
  • Aerocoop (55 21) 3078-5050
  • Aerotaxi (55 21) 2467-7408
  • Central taxi (55 21) 2195-1000
  • Cooparioca (55 21) 2518-1818
  • JB taxi (55 21) 2178-4000
  • Accessible Taxis:
    Especial Coop (55 21) 2585-5577

Accommodations


  • Many major hotel chains in Rio will have very limited or no availability due to block reservations made by the Rio organizations within the Olympic Family
  • Things to consider before booking accommodation:
    • Proximity to competition venues and/or Canada Olympic House (COH)
    • Access to public transit
    • General safety of surrounding area
    • Accommodation amenities
    • Cancellation policy
    • Other travelers reviews
  • Family and friends can book accommodation by contacting hotels directly or via an agency. Unfortunately, the COC has no indication of what the availability is or the costs associated. Availabilities and costs are also subject to change.
  • Family and friends should be aware that most accommodation in Rio during the Games period will require a minimum stay period (typically 21 days although some are more flexible).
AirBNB

Airbnb is the official supplier of Rio 2016 Olympic Games, providing accommodations that are sorted by neighbourhood in Rio. Airbnb has listings including entire homes, private rooms, and shared rooms that vary in price.

COSPORT

CoSport is the COC’s official supplier of Olympic tickets and accommodation packages. They target 3-star and 4-star properties.

ISFIELD TRADING LTD.

The COC is also working with Isfield Trading Ltd. Although they are not an official partner of the COC, they have been helpful with this process (particularly with regards to apartment and condominium bookings).

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

KEY DATES
  • August 4, 2016 – First day of competition
  • August 5, 2016 – Opening Ceremony
  • August 21, 2016 – Closing Ceremony
VENUES
Click here to explore the competition venues.

Rio Tips

It’s always important to be sensitive and respectful of other cultures and common practices when traveling to other countries. The following tips could be helpful, especially when trying to build good relationships in preparation for the Games.

  • Official language of Brazil is Portuguese
  • Brazilian ‘Real’ is the currency in Rio
  • Locals in Rio are known as Cariocas
  • Dress is casual and comfortable
  • The Caipirinha is a distinctive local drink
  • Toast: Suade (Sah-OO-Day) or Viva (VEE-va)
  • The ‘OK’ gesture with your hands is highly offensive in Brazil
  • Tipping is not compulsory - service charges are added to hotel or restaurant bills at the end. If you need to tip, 10% is typical in Brazil.
SECURITY AWARENESS

   On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), we would like to provide an update on security and safety measures as we look forward to Rio 2016.

The Olympic Games, due to the large number of visitors it attracts, presents an opportunity for lone criminal operators and organised crime. The COC advises that, as a general rule, visitors should always be aware of their environment and follow the below list of tips:

  • The main threats in Rio are opportunistic crimes
  • Use common sense to evaluate situations and let others know where you are
  • Avoid problem areas such as favelas as these are high crimes areas. Although some companies offer tours this is not a recommended activity.
  • Do not display/carry valuables, purses, real or fake jewelry, nor large sums of money as these types of items attract attention
  • Keep a small amount of money separated and accessible to give to potential thieves should an incident occur
  • Don’t carry any items you are not prepared to give up
  • If someone suspicious approaches, keep your distance and move out the way
  • If someone is behind or in front of you and you don’t feel comfortable, cross the street
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings especially when leaving banks, shopping malls, bars and restaurants
  • Keep emergency numbers and contacts pre-programmed in your phone and learn at least one by memory in case your phone gets stolen
  • Even if lost, always appear to be in control. Backtrack to a major roadway and get your bearings.
  • Do not go out alone
  • Be vigilant as petty crimes such as pick-pocketing and purse-snatching will occur in high tourism areas
  • Only use ATMs during the day time and ensure that you are not alone
  • Avoid large groups of people and protests at all times
  • As a general applied rule, pedestrians do not have the right of way
  • Avoid walking at nighttime as pedestrians are specifically targeted by criminals, especially criminals on motorbikes
  • Don’t talk or text on your cell phone when walking on the street
  • Keep valuables (including your passport) locked in your hotel room safe or somewhere secure. Carry a photocopy with you in case you need it.

HEALTHCARE


Hospitals
Hospital Samaritano (Top Hospital)
Address: Rua Bambina, 98 - Botafogo
Phone: (55 21) 2286-3071
Copa D’Or Hospital (Close to COH)
Address: Rua Figueiredo Magalhaes, 875 - Copacabana
Phone: (55 21) 2525-3600
Clinica São Vicente (Close to COH)
Address: Av. Joao Borges 204 - Gavea
Phone: (55 21) 2529-4422
Caxia D’or Hospital (Close to Airport)
Address: Av. Brigadeiro Lima e Silva, 821 Jd Vinte e Cinco de Agosto – Duque de Casias - RJ
Phone: (55 21) 2460-3600
Hospital Miguel Couto (Public Hospital)
Address: Av. Artolomeu Mitre, 1108 - Leblon
Phone: (55 21) 3111-3789
Emergency: (55 21) 3111-3610
Pró-Cadíaco
Address: Rua General Polidoro, 192 - Botafogo
Phone: (55 21) 2537-4242 / (55 21) 2527-6060
Barra D’or Hospital (Barra)
Address: Av. Ayrton Senna, 3079 Barra da Tijuca – RJ
Phone: (55 21) 2430-3600

DOCTORS (ENGLISH-SPEAKING - CASH ONLY)
Dr. Frits Sutmoller
Address: Rua Visconde de Piraja, 414/802 - Ipanema
Phone: (55 21) 2287-4743 / (55 21) 2521-2232
Dr. Marcelo e Ronaldo Campos
Clinica Galdino Campos
General Practitioners, Gynecologist, Pediatrician, Laboratory, Dentist, Ophthalmologist
Address: Av. N.S. Copacabana, 492 (Office 201)
Phone: (55 21) 2255-9966 / (55 21) 2255-3530
Dr. Jose Luiz Spicacci
General Practice
Address: Rua Prudente de Moraes, 407 (Office 602)
Phone: (55 21) 2523-7531
Dr. Luiz Roberto Londres
Clinica Sao Vicente
Address: Rua Jao Borges, 204 – Gavea
Phone: (55 21) 2529-4455