Rio de Janeiro – It’s Carnival time!

With just 10 days to go until the start of Brazil’s most celebrated event of the year, Rio de Janeiro is warming up to the sounds of the Samba as Carnival fever takes over the city.

A four-day celebration of music, mayhem and madness, Carnival time in Rio de Janeiro is a magical event where up to 2 million people of all races, religions and backgrounds come together, dress from head to toe in sequins and ostrich feathers, and hold the biggest street parties of all time.

If you are one of the lucky ones heading off to Brazil for this auspicious event, try to get hold of a ticket for the Sambodromo.  There you will get the unique opportunity to witness 100’s of Samba school presentations that have been worked on meticulously since last March, and a whole range of wired and wonderful costumes put together one sequin at a time.

Big is definitely better when it comes to putting on a show in the Sambodromo, it’s loud, it’s sweaty and it’s more than a little bit crazy, but it is certainly something to add to your bucket list, and I challenge anyone to keep their hips from moving to the sound of the Samba whilst inside!

As February is possibly the hottest month of the year in Rio de Janeiro, you days can be spent recovering on Copacabana Beach or sipping Caipirinha’s at the pool. For those looking for something a little more adventurous we would have to recommend the Corcovado mountain tram where you will get to witness the magnificent statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Rio de Janeiro is an exciting place to visit at any time of the year, with warm temperatures, vast beaches, beautiful people and ice-cold ‘chopp’ beers, but during Carnival you become one of the locals and before you know it you will have the Samba in your step!

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