Few other Olympic Games in recent memory created as much controversy as Rio 2016, but all of the airport, hotel, and transportation upgrades bode well for continued tourism development over the long-term.
But is the country being transparent enough in its marketing messages to really convey what "ecotourism" really is, or just how sustainable Costa Rica really is for travelers, locals, and indigenous flora and fauna alike?
"Rio: Beyond The Map" is Google showing off what destinations can do with its Street View technology to provide an immersive and self-directed virtual experience, combining both 360-degree video and traditional digital content.
The question of when to return to a destination following a a natural disaster or violent incident is always a difficult one. But when a cautious leader says "come on back" it's a good time to go.
There are only so many Band-Aids you can put on a bad situation before they no longer stick. In Rio's case, it can probably manage to keep the bandages on for a few weeks for the sake of tourism but much larger problems loom for the long-term.
Not all UNESCO World Heritage Sites are that easy to travel to, but these seven are fairly accessible and, because they're the newest additions to the list, they haven't yet been swamped with crowds full of tourists just yet.
Brazil has enough Olympics issues to deal with beyond worrying about how tourists will communicate with business owners. In the grand scheme of the global event, the language barrier is muito pequeno (very small).
Machu Picchu is magnificent but tons of tourists are going to Peru to eat.
Brazil my have some serious financial challenges right now, but one thing countries tend to put first is security.
For that quintessential South Pacific experience of staying in an overwater bungalow, travelers need only head to the Caribbean now.