We've all done it, we promise to make next year the year we're going to travel the world, only to be cemented down in paperwork a couple of months later with no end in sight but a failed resolution. You've sung all the Christmas carols, eaten all the food, opened the presents and watched the fireworks explode as you countdown to 2016. January 1st brings the start of a new year, and a new bunch of resolutions to hopefully achieve. Good news though, 2016 is a leap year, which means you have even more time to make your New Year's resolutions come true! Statistics show that 92% of resolutions fail after the first couple of weeks in January. Now is the time to be part of the 8% of people who manage to achieve their New Year's goals.
Every leap year brings the biggest sporting event on the planet with it, The Olympic and Paralympic Games. If your new years resolution is to travel more then you're in luck because the Olympic games is coming to Rio de Janeiro in 2016! Rio is one of the most colourful and energetic cities in the world and for two weeks in August and September athletes from 206 countries will compete on the world stage to earn the ultimate prize. What better way to achieve your New Year's travel goal than with a holiday to Brazil to see all the fun and games in action. Hire a car to travel to the locations where various events are being held. Rio is known as Cidade Maravilhosa - the Marvellous City.
The city will truly come alive during The Olympics; it will be a site that must be seen to be believed, a party that could only be rivalled by Carnivale. World famous Copacabana Beach's four kilometres of sand will host beach volleyball and swimming events, join in on watching all the action or chill out sipping fresh coconut water, watching all the activity from a distance. For breathtaking views of the city visit the Christ the Redeemer monument which sits above the Corcovado mountain. Visit the stage for Rio Carnival's samba parade, the Sambodromo. In 2016 it will be the start and finish line for the Olympic Marathon but there is a Samba Museum on site which displays costumes and artefacts from Carnivals in the past.
For those who wish to wind down after the energy and excitement in the heart of Rio, there are many beautiful locations within easy driving distance which provide an insight into local culture and history. Minas Gerais is an eight hour drive north of Rio and is a large state known for its colonial style towns dating back to Brazil's 18th century gold rush. Think cobblestone streets, decorated mansions and baroque style churches. If you drive four hours west of Rio you will arrive at Paraty, a small town located on Brazil's Costa Verde between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Whilst you are here visit the beaches, forests, waterfalls and islands which provide an excellent opportunity for diving, snorkelling, kayaking and trekking.
If your New Year's resolution is to travel to the Olympics then make it happen in 2016! Auto Europe wants to be there and with car hire throughout South America let's make it happen. To book a hire car, call us on 1300 656 601 or visit us online today.