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How to plan a last-minute trip to the Rio Olympics
Posted on 14/07/2016

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There may just be a few short weeks remaining before the opening ceremony, but a mix of Zika nerves and safety concerns in Rio has meant that for the first time in decades a last-minute trip to the Olympic Games is not entirely out of the question.

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    From event tickets to accommodation, there is still room in Rio for a few more procrastinating travellers.

  • Tickets for the events
    Tickets for the events

    First things first, you should probably bag yourself a ticket before booking anything else. Tickets are still popping up regularly online, as more and more people bow out at the last minute. Keep an eye out on reputable internet sites such as StubHub and CoSport, the latter of which sells both single events tickets and accommodation packages.

  • Airfare
    Airfare

    Try to arrive a few days before the start of the games for the cheapest airfares. Rio has three airports so check prices to each one with a comparison tool to ensure you get the best deal. You could also consider stopping off in other destinations to keep the price of your ticket as low as possible.

  • Accommodation
  • Getting around
    Getting around

    Traffic will most likely be difficult to navigate but Rio has also released an Olympic Card which allows users unlimited access to buses, ferries and trains around the city. Organisers have also set up a website with helpful transportation advice, including the best routes to sporting venues and road closure warnings.

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With just three weeks left to go until Rio's opening ceremony gets underway, you'd expect last-minute trips to the Brazilian city to be pretty unattainable. But with concerns over Zika still running high, along with doubts from some over the safety of Rio's streets and drinking water, more people than usual have decided to watch the games from afar this year.

Several athletes have already announced they won't be attending the Olympics, including top tennis stars, golfers and basketball players. Cyclist Tejay van Garderen also withdrew his name from Olympic consideration, citing concerns for his pregnant wife.

Atheletes are right to be cautious. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has heavily advised pregnant women not to travel to areas affected by Zika, including Brazil. The organisation also advised the sexual partners of pregnant women returning from affected areas "to practise safer sex or abstain throughout the pregnancy."

But if, like many, you've properly considered the risks involved in travelling to Rio and are still looking to go, this is your lucky year. From event tickets to accommodation, there is still room in Rio for a few more procrastinating travellers.

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