Rio Carnival is just days away. have you got your ticket to the biggest and best party of the year?
WHAT IT IS
The Rio Carnival is the world’s biggest party and carnival in South America, if not the world, with a ridiculous amount of parties and parades held in February – 40 days before Easter begins. As one of Brazil’s most important events and an epicentre of Brazillian culture, you can expect sensational parades across the city with samba dances, street parties, live Brazillian music and plenty of Capriosca’s.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO
In 2015 alone, Rio welcomed close to 1 million visitors with an estimated total of 4.7 Million who attended the festivities. This is South America’s biggest party of the year. Expect a smorgasbord of fun activities in Rio with a nightlife unbeaten anywhere else in the world…
- Dance the night away at the Carnival Parade in the Sambadrome – the most colourful spectacle of all. This Samba parade is a ticketed event held in a stadium where a ‘Samba’ runway comes alive at night. The stadium fills up with thousands of spectators ready to watch the beautiful and vibrant parades dressed in outrageous, and interesting costumes.
- Celebrate at a Street Party all over Rio. They are free and last up to five days from 5 pm till 3 am. There’s a stage on the main square with well-known local singers from the 40-60s era and funky Brazillian-Rio music – mainly samba. The best place to go? Praça Floriano, Cinelândia, Centro (Downtown), and Cordão do Bola Preta.
WHEN TO GO
This year, the Rio Carnivale begins on Friday, the 5th of February – 9th of Feb so the best time to go to is definitely in February. Our tip? Extend your trip across South America and visit the neighbouring countries of Brazil!
HOW TO RECOVER POST-RIO
Ahh, yes it’s always about the recovery isn’t it? There’s no better way to cure your post-Rio bonanza than with a trip to the white sandy beaches of Ipanema.
Visit the world-famous Copacabana and take a hike up to Sugarloaf mountain and see the infamous outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer. What could go wrong in Rio right?