I have been to Rio and really enjoyed it. I would not likely go to a summer Olympics anywhere as it is much more effective to watch on TV. I have been to Winter Olympics and enjoyed. I expect the virus risk is over stated and while the crime rate is high, it is about the same as Detroit and I go there regularly. Houston is not far behind, ans we are having the Tipple there. So yes if someone paid my way I would go, but otherwise Rio was ticked off my bucket list. from previous adventures.
702rugbyref, good discussion but I am looking a Rio as Rio has been for years. Huge political problems, huge social problems, and economic problems but that is the same in many emerging places. It is a fabulous place to go as a tourist, but probably not a great place to live, particularly if you are not of the privilege class that lives out towards the beaches and the hotels. Not half full, just the way it is and has always been.
I would go to Rio! but not during the Olympics. I would not go anywhere for a massive event like that. Not even NY for the Macy's Day Parade. Even the Houston marathon is nightmare to deal with and I had to go as my father ran it.
I like places best when they are at their norm. Prices are not inflated and it's pleasant when it's not overly crowded.
I would love to go to Rio. I made it to Sao Paulo last year, but couldnt get up to Rio. I felt safe - no problems.
In this time that we live in, is anywhere "safe" ? If you take the attitude that you wont go somewhere as its not not safe, then you wouldnt ever leave your own house