Which Rio Will Olympic Visitors See? It Depends on Your Tickets

32 Olympic venues spread out across Rio highlight the city's economic and social disparity.

Dire news about Rio de Janeiro's preparation for the 2016 Olympics has been well documented. But even if Brazil's economy had managed to avoid recession and officials had met all their infrastructure targets, visitors would still be arriving in a city that offers starkly different versions of itself. Rio’s 32 Olympic venues are scattered among pockets of wealth and extreme poverty, along its famous Copacabana beach, and in neighborhoods where the murder rate is as much as eight times higher than in the U.S. Visitors to Rio could come away with very different impressions of the city, depending on the events they choose to attend.

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