If the hotels get booked, you have other options.
As the “official alternative accommodation services supplier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” you'll want to check out all that Airbnb has to offer in Rio if hot spots like the Copacabana Palace are booked. The partnership helps alleviate criticism that the city couldn’t offer enough affordable hotel rooms for the number of visitors expected to visit this summer. Now, there are plenty of options at all price ranges for Olympic fans from around the world.
Airbnb is nothing new to the residents of Rio, as the city is just behind Paris, New York City, and London as a top destination for the home-sharing site. Airbnb only began operating in Brazil in 2012 but now offers more than 20,000 listings in Rio and 45,000 throughout the country. According to Reuters, when Brazil hosted the World Cup more than 100,000 people stayed in Airbnb-listed rooms, and hosts took in an average of $4,000 during the tournament.
In advance of the influx of visitors, the company has made a wish list of some of the listings available for renting during the games.
This bright and cozy bedroom near the beach in Ipanema rents for just $40 a night, while a room in this contemporary Maracanã apartment goes for $31 a night; both options leave plenty of money to buy Caipirinhas and souvenirs. There's even a stylish designer apartment in the heart of Copacabana for $80 night.
While Airbnb is relying on Cariocas to open their homes and spare bedrooms to out-of-town guests, if visitors prefer to have a whole apartment for themselves, many options come in below the cost of a hotel. There's an entire home in the jungle forest off the beach in Rio for $284 night that sleeps six. For $324 per night, eight friends (or athletes) can split a sleek, modern beach block apartment in Ipanema.
Smaller parties can take over a tropical Ipanema pad with private pool for just $150. And if you can't book into the aforementioned Copacabana Palace, check out the stylish Copacabana apartment designed by the same architect, which sleeps four for $272 per night.
If you want to make the journey to the Olympics a luxury affair, there's a beautiful home in Ipanema that sleeps eight and has a private pool for $829 a night, as well as an entire home with pool in Joá in the west end of Rio for $712 a night.
To really max out the experience, head to this three-bedroom Zanine Caldas-designed home that sits in a garden created by Burle Marx that comes with sea and forest views, a sports court, tree house, half pipe for skateboarding, swimming pool with pool bar, and a sauna in the middle of the jungle. It rents for $3000 per night, but just might be worth it. It's the stuff that wish lists were made for.