We may have over 3 months to go until the Rio Olympics 2016 get underway, but according to a recent research by Opodo, almost 90% of hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro are already fully booked, and those that are still available have tripled their prices to an average of £196 per night!
Until recently, reports would have us believe that there was plenty of availability in Rio de Janeiro, and that many hotels were struggling to fill their rooms for this iconic sporting event, but with an estimated 400,000 visitors set to descend on Rio during the Olympics this August, the +/- 40,000 hotel rooms are now almost full, and those that haven’t booked yet are going to have to dig deep, or start looking for alternatives.
If you intend to visit Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics and Paralympics this year, but haven’t booked your accommodations yet, your best option may be one of the locally run guesthouses or ‘Pousadas’ where you could find a private room for around £100 per night, but you need to book now!
These rooms won’t last much longer, and if you wait, you could find yourself sleeping on a bench on Copacabana Beach with nothing more than a girl from Ipanema for company! Although, when it comes to company, you are more likely to be surrounded by Europeans when it comes to the Rio Olympics 2016!
Flight statistics show that 53% of all flights to Rio have been booked by travellers living outside of Brazil, with the highest number of spectators coming from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Mexico, and finally, the United Kingdom. Other countries on the top 10 list include Peru, Chile and the United States, making the Rio Olympics a truly international affair.