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
While most people only associate Rio with Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the city actually boasts 23 beaches on the south side that are frequented by locals and visitors alike. Check out Praia do Pepino, where you can watch hang gliders and paragliders on windy days.
Getting around Rio can is something of a circus. The city has a solid public transportation network of buses and a limited subway, and many neighborhoods are very walkable. But the city is known for its crime for a reason, and many of the less favorable neighborhoods are pushed up against the safer ones, so it pays to be cautious, carry a map and take taxis if you're unfamiliar with the area or traveling around at night.
Peter says there's more than Carnival to Rio's charms.