RIO Takes Extra Caution for Carnival

RIO’s 70,000-seat samba stadium, Sambadrome, has been the site of weekly fumigation as city officials try to combat the threat of Dengue fever and chikungunya and Zika viruses before this year’s Carnival. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the culprit behind these illnesses–some linked to birth defects. Read on to find out how the illnesses are spreading and what residents and visitors can do to protect themselves.

Brazil Has Safety Under Control

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games should be all about world unity.  Still, we can’t ignore the possible dangers facing the competitors and spectators.  Andrei Rodrigues, the special safety secretary at Brazil’s Ministry of Justice wants the world to be assured that the country is prepared to handle any threats of terrorism.  Read on for details.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Village is set to be a key focus of security operations

Jobim South Pier Coming in April

In April, air travelers to RIO will enjoy expansions to the Tom Jobim International Airport, including twice as many duty free retail offerings.  When the airport’s South Pier opens, it will include more boarding gates, shops and outlets.  The expansion is on track to be unveiled four months before the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  Read the full article here.


Brazil’s Health Troubles Intensify

As if the health crisis in RIO could reach lower depths, officials are now announcing that tourists who visit RIO for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will find getting health care difficult.  After decreeing a state of emergency for the city’s health system and an announcement of R$45 million in aid from the Brazil Health Ministry, medical leadership say there is much more to be done.  Read on to find out what this means for Brazil as the potential for legal action looms ahead.

Brazil Minister of Health, Alberto Beltrame, Rio hospitals, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News

Carnival Attracts More Blocos

This year’s Carnival in RIO will be marked with more roving street parties, called ‘blocos’, than last year.  City authorities announced that 505 blocos will ignite the streets during this year’s festivities.  The first official bloco parade will take place in the Port Zone (of Centro) on January 16th.  Read on for more details and for the complete list of RIO Carnival 2016 blocos.

Bloco Simpatia É Quase Amor 2013