Summer Games

A Mesmerizing Time Lapse of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), is the ultimate Summer Games host. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, sparkling beaches, and lush rainforests, the city is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. With its wealth of natural beauty and sports-loving atmosphere, there’s no better place for a sports fan to be and we’re not the only ones who think so. Not only has the city been chosen to host the 2016 Summer Games, it was also selected as one of the 12 cities that were home to the World Cup in 2014, making it the sports capital of the world leading up to 2016.

About the Summer Games

Most of us know that the Summer Games take place every four years but did you know that in 2016 an estimated 10,500 athletes from over 200 countries will compete in 42 different disciplines, chasing the elusive gold medal? Here are some more facts you can use to impress your friends:

  • In addition to gold, silver, and bronze, there will be an element of green in the Rio medals. As part of the city’s commitment to sustainability, the medals will be made partially from recycled electronic equipment.
  • The 2016 Summer Games in Rio will be the first Games held in South America.
  • The two ‘new’ sports that will be introduced at the 2016 Rio Games, golf and rugby, were part of the Games in the past. Golf was last part of the competition in 1904 and rugby in 1924.
  • Past Summer Games events have included tug-of-war, solo synchronized swimming, and a swimming obstacle course. Seriously.

Past Destinations

Here at Roadtrips, we feel fortunate to have been a part of some spectacular and historic Summer Games. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted the Games three times. Their experience was evident as the show they put on was nothing short of amazing. Beijing was another tremendous host city, for the 2008 Summer Games. In fact, the Games were so impressive that Beijing was recently chosen by the International Games Committee to host the Winter Games in 2022, giving the city exclusive bragging rights as the only city to host both the Summer and Winter Games.

Summer Games Highlights

Every year, there are thousands of heartwarming moments but there always seems to be one story that becomes synonymous with the Games of that year. Sometimes it’s an extraordinary individual performance, sometimes it’s an underdog story that dissolves borders and has us all cheering for someone we knew nothing about weeks before. Who can forget Jesse Owens’ dominating (and controversial) performance at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games? Or 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci’s perfect 10 in Montreal in 1976. More recently, Michael Phelps had the world rooting for him when he won his 8th gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.

History of the Summer Games

The first modern Games took place in Athens, Greece in 1896 and were established as a way to promote international relations through sport. Pierre de Coubertin is credited with the vision that has grown into the massive global event of the present day. While it’s true that the Games have been around over a century, the Games back then were a lot different than they are now. The first Olympics saw just 245 competitors (all men, as women were not permitted to compete) from 14 countries competing in 9 different sports. Though the numbers seem minuscule by today’s standards, this was quite impressive for its time and it paved the way for the Games we know today.

Complete 2016 Summer Games Rio packages available from $3,975 per person (based on double occupancy).

Summer Games Ticketing Notice

Roadtrips is no way affiliated or associated with the IOC, the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Jet Set Sports or CoSport. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games official site is In Canada and the USA the official ticket provider is Jet Set Sports. When available, tickets can be ordered separately, direct from the Rio 2016 website. Roadtrips base packages do not include tickets.

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