With all of the issues projected to plague the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August, perhaps it should come as no surprise that there's still tickets and accommodations available for the rapidly approaching sporting extravaganza.

Between being ground zero for the Zika virus, the ongoing impeachment trial of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff and the worst national recession since the 1930s, the country has clearly seen better days.

But the games must go on (at least that's the plan right now).

Despite various calls for relocating the summer games, or postponing them, and a handful of athletes deciding not to attend them at all, plans are moving steadily forward.

At a recent press conference Rio 2016's chief medical officer, Dr. João Grangeiro sought to emphasize that there's little to worry about when it comes to the Zika virus.

Grangeiro noted that the incidence of the mosquito that transmits the virus is low in August, which is winter in Brazil and the period in which the Rio 2016 Games will take place.

What's more, Grangeiro said 44 test events have been held in Brazil this year, the majority of which were in the summer, peak season for Zika.  

"With more than 7,000 athletes, 8,000 volunteers and 2,000 staff participating, there was not a single case of contamination," Grangeiro said at the press conference.

So for those not put off by the headlines and toying with the idea of heading to Rio in August to catch a few Olympic events, it's high time to start getting your itinerary together.

According to Airbnb, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals and those tied to the management of tickets, it's not too late to plan a trip and attend marquee events.

Through TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals for instance, there's still more than 800 Rio properties available for the opening weekend of the games, which is August 4 through August 8.

Airbnb meanwhile says it has more than 25,000 listings available. (Rio is Airbnb's fourth largest market by listings globally after Paris, New York and London).

And Ken Hanscom, chief product officer of InviteManager, which is managing tickets and other entertainment assets for NBC and the U.S. Olympic Committee, said in a recent blog that there's still more than two million tickets to be sold.

"I think now is actually an ideal time to book your trip - for a couple of reasons," says Hanscom during an interview. "Flights are less expensive then they were six months ago. There's still some hotel inventory and a lot of inventory on Airbnb and there's new tickets becoming available through the Rio Olympics site."

Event tickets began being sold via the Rio 2016 games website on June 1, says Hanscom, describing the online sales as a major development, particularly for anyone who's not a resident or citizen of Brazil.

Here's why:

To begin with - tickets purchased through the website can conveniently be delivered by eTicket or gathered at will call.

What's more, says Hanscom, there's a much wider selection of tickets available through the Rio 2016 website than are available for purchase right now through authorized ticket resellers around the world.

"You will have more opportunity over the next two months than at any time over the past two years to pick up event tickets," Hanscom explains.

Hanscom, who attended the 2012 Olympics in London, and has been blogging about preparations for the Rio Olympics, has some additional advice for those considering attending.

Most important, he says, plan a trip around the events you want to attend.

In addition, don't fill every day with back to back Olympic events, plan to attend one or two per day at most.

Leaving some free time allows for taking in ancillary activities taking place, says Hanscom - such as strolling along Olympic Boulevard, where many countries, well-known companies and sporting entities all host hospitality houses.

Plans call for transforming Rio's entire waterfront area into a giant entertainment and amusement zone that will become a nearly two-mile Olympic Boulevard for the duration of the festivities. In addition to hospitality houses, Olympic Boulevard will be the site of more than 100 concerts, street performers, fireworks, light shows, and a variety of food trucks and bars.


"My last bit of advice in terms of planning your trip, is that there's going to be some special experiences that are going to come up, so keep an eye out," says Hanscom.

During the London 2012 games for instance, Chase Bank hosted a VIP lounge where Olympic game attendees had a chance to meet famous athletes. BMW meanwhile, ran a contest during the London games, the winners of which received access to the Team USA house.

Where should one be watching to find out about such special happenings? Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and other social media outlets, Hanscom says.

As for the benefits of viewing the events live, versus watching them from the comfort of your home, Hanscom says there's no comparison.

"When your country wins a gold medal, there's nothing like the feeling of pride that comes from being there to celebrate," he says. "I believe in the power of live experiences and events, and seeing that particular moment first-hand."

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the Olympics, a figure that includes both athletes and fans.

It seems that despite the negative press, people from around the world remain excited about going.

TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals says it has seen nine times the amount of interest in its Rio listings this year, as compared to August 2015. One reason for the popularity may be the deep discounts such rentals offer, as compared to hotel rooms during the games.

"In popular Rio neighborhoods, choosing a two-bedroom vacation rental -- rather than two hotel rooms -- can result in substantial savings for travelers this summer," says TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals Spokesperson Laurel Greatrix. "A traveler staying in Santa Teresa will pay $1,007 for a two-bedroom rental, versus $2,646 for two hotel rooms - that's a savings of 62%."

As for where to visit while in Rio, beyond Olympics oriented activities, any respectable must-see list includes the city's famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

But to that, experts such Erina Pindar, managing director of New York City-based luxury travel company SmartFlyer, add lesser known sites such as Rio's charming Santa Teresa neighborhood, the Lapa district for nightlife and Leblon for shopping.

If you're headed to some of the city's world famous sites however, make sure to allow several hours, given the number of tourists that will be in the city, Pindar says.

"Rio is a busy city to begin with, so it's going to be a little hectic," says Pindar, whose company has arranged custom itineraries for several families attending the games, which include sightseeing in between events.

"It's a really exciting time to be in Rio," she adds. "It's not too late to book. There is always space. We can make it happen."

The Rio games will be the first Olympics hosted by a South American nation. They will run through August 21.