With the Rio Olympics kicking off, hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators from all over the world are set to descend upon the capital of Brazil.

But with the sunshine blazing and temperatures on the rise, it’s important that, if you’re heading out to Rio this summer, you know how to keep cool.
So here’s our top tips for keeping cool in Rio during the Olympics…

Head to the beach

Between watching the athletics and cheering on your home team in the diving, make sure you find time to check out Rio’s stunning beaches.

The city has a whole host of beautiful beaches to offer so you’ll be spoilt for choice! No visit to Rio would be complete without a trip to the famous Copacabana beach, however. Set in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, the 4km long beach will allow you to chill out whilst soaking up some sunshine.

Hit the shops

If you’ve got some time to kill, then heading to one of Rios many shopping centers is a great way to keep cool – thank goodness for air conditioning, right?

Barra Shopping is the city’s largest mall and is one of the biggest on the continent, so it’s a great place to shop away a few hours and take advantage of its temperature control system.

Check out Cristo Redentor

One of the seven wonders of the world, Cristo Redento is the most iconic site in Rio. Set 38 meters above sea level, it’s a great spot to soak up fantastic views of the city and cool down away from the hustle and bustle down below.
It can be a bit of a treck in the heat, so we’d recommend taking a tram ride up from Cosme Velho.

Don’t forget your shades!

When the sun is shinning, it’s important that you’ve got your sunglasses to hand, especially if you’re watching some of the outdoor Olympic events. Not only will they help to keep the sun out of your eyes and eliminate the need to squint, but they’ll also help you look super cool too!

And it’s not just the spectators who’ll need their shades – rumor has it that the British Rowing team are having their sunglasses provided by Oakley.