Ramped up in Rio

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With the London Olympics commencing on July 27, thoughts will soon shift to Rio de Janeiro.

The games of the XXXI olympiad begin on August 5, 2016 and in the run up, travel businesses will be inundated with requests to visit this throbbing metropolis.

Prior to this, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil, ushering in a huge two year period for the city. The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics will be the first held in South America, the third held in the southern hemisphere (the first outside Australia), and the first in a lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country.

Both a scintillating cityscape and a grimy urban jungle, Rio de Janeiro is nothing if not exhilarating.

Flanked by gorgeous mountains, white sand beaches and verdant rainforests, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any major city.

Tack on one of the sexiest populations on the planet and you have an intoxicating cocktail that leaves visitors punch-drunk on paradise.

Clients can visit Rio in the lead up to these two huge events with Chimu Adventures' best of southern brazil tour, which starts from $1980.