Travel Guide to the 2016 Olympic Bid Cities
Even though the International Olympic Committee chose Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics, all the cities that were vying for the honor are worth a visit. CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg offers his guide to travel in each world-class city.
By Peter Greenberg
Original Content | September 29, 2009
Rio de Janeiro has a lot more to offer than just Carnival and Copacabana. This is a vibrant yet gritty city where there's always something happening.
If you want to act like a local, do as the locals do and see a soccer match (just remember to call it "football"). Estadio do Maracanã is one of the biggest soccer stadiums in the world, so unless you have a problem with crowds, going to a game is a must.
One of the can't-miss tourist attractions is a large lagoon, Lagoa, in the middle of the city. It's a great place to walk or ride a bicycle, or just sit back and watch paddle-boaters and take in the view of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and Ipanema beach while sipping on fresh coconut juice.