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This is where travellers are staying in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games

With the Olympics headed to Rio de Janeiro next month, travellers from around the world are staying in the Brazilian city. Now, Booking.com has released the most popular areas for visitors to rent accommodation during the 2016 Summer Games.

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Image by Antonello

Rio has 32 venues located around the city that will host a variety of athletic events. The Copacabana district, which is home to the volleyball arena and windsurfing space ‘Marina da Glória’, is the most booked area in the city for the nights of 5 August to 21 August, which is when the Olympics are ongoing. Copacabana is a neighbourhood in the south of the city, which is perhaps best known for its famous beach. The area is popular with tourists and is lined with oceanfront hotels and restaurants. The beach stretches for four kilometres, and is generally thronged with people enjoying the sun and sand.

View from the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
View from the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image by Wellington Goulart/500px

Next to Copacabana, travellers are staying in the Centro – the city centre – which boasts both the historic and financial centres of the city, which is busiest during the work week. Also popular is the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, which is located on top on Santa Teresa hill. The area is known as an artistic hotspot with winding streets, according to Rio.com. It’s popular with tourists because it boasts live music, cultural centres and bars and nightclubs. It also has the city’s only streetcar line and is located about 15 minutes away from Ipanema and Copacabana.

Travellers are also staying in Barra da Tijuca, which is Rio’s youngest neighbourhood and was developed about 30 years ago, according to Rio.com. It’s known for the Barra Shoppping Mall, which has about 700 stores and restaurants and is the biggest in the country. The area has a lot of luxury condos and is also close to the beach. Unsurprisingly, many travellers are also choosing to stay in Ipanema,which also boasts a famous beach.

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View of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image by Catarina Belova/Shutterstock

People from Brazil, the US and Argentina have booked the most trips and only 17% of accommodation on the site is left available during the games. However, hotels aren’t the only places that people will be staying, as Airbnb announced last year that it would be the official Rio 2016 Olympic Games alternative accommodation service.