Rio de Janeiro has been on my list for a long time, but their visa process has been a detriment in that they could hold up your passport longer than I’ve been willing to part with it. When I heard that they waived the requirements for this summer I was on my way to Rio. Since I already had August travel plans I decided to do a reconnaissance mission last week.
The downsides to a trip that far South meant that I had to take red-eye flights both ways and wear deet for protection from the zika virus along with the sunscreen. Other than that, it was a great trip!
The preparations are in full swing with people seemingly working around the clock. The airport is in great shape but I think transportation to the various sites of the games could be problematic. The metro has some new cars and you constantly hear instructions to locals reminding them to treat visitors nicely in at least 3 languages.
If you do go and have some free time on a Sunday, take in the hippie fair at the largest square in Ipanema. The local artists exhibit and sell some incredible art and crafts.
Beach volleyball would definitely be the best ticket if you can get it! And head up to Sugarloaf and Corcovado on a clear day!