It’s almost that time of the year: Carnival time. Dig out the feather boas from the back of the closet. Pull your stash of peel-and-stick sequins and gems out from your junk drawer. It’s time for glitter, glitz and glam and no where does it like Rio. Here’s out guide to this year’s Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is gearing up for another blow out Carnival with samba music, street parties and dancing all day and all night long. If you want to watch the Carnival, there’s no place to be but the Sambadrome but if you want to be the Carnival then hit the streets in Bala Preto and Cordão.
The deets you need to know:
- Date: celebrations kick off on February 28th, 2014 and runs until March 4th
- Time: all day, all night, there’s no time to rest
- Where it’s all happening: Bala Preto and Cordão, Ipanema and Copacabana
Samba, samba, samba
You’ll want to spend at least one night at the Sambadrome but buying tickets in advance can be pricey. You can get lucky buying scalpel tickets on the night, usually around 6pm. Just ask for the cheapest possible tickets and you’re in.
This is where the 14 best samba schools in Rio are given their chance to shine and show the world what they’re made of. Each school is accompanied by 200-400 drummers and the beats will vibrate through your every bone.
Wherever you are… DANCE! Don’t worry if you can’t samba. It’s as easy as moving your feet to the rhythm, working up a sweat and smiling all night long. If there’s one thing Brazilians want, it’s for foreigners to enjoy their vibrant culture!
If you haven’t bought your flights to Rio yet, there are still some last minute flights to be had. Catch flights onboard Iberia for £547 from London Heathrow to Rio for travel February 26th until March 5th, 2014. That gives you a couple days to get over your jet-lag so you can enjoy the full Carnival experience.
Have you been to Carnival in Rio before? What was your favourite part?