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Rio de Janeiro, one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere, has numerous activities for every desire. Cruise to Rio for the Carnival celebrations, natural environment, beautiful beaches and famous landmarks.

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival held every year before Lent; it is considered the biggest carnival in the world, with two million people per day on the streets. The first Carnival festival in Rio occurred in 1723.

Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting.


Get There Early

Carnival is usually the last major event in Brazil during the summer. Officially, it starts on a Saturday before Lent and continues on through Shrove Tuesday. Even so, the city starts preparing for the festivities several weeks in advance, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to show up early and enjoy the attractions before the Carnival actually starts.

The party runs from February 28th to March 1st, so a good time to fly in and out would be February 22nd through March 2nd. The locals believe that the pre-carnival is the best part of Rio's Carnival, so why not join in on the fun beforehand?


How to Get There

Brazil utilizes a reciprocal visa system, which means that if your home country requires Brazilians to get visas to enter your country, you'll have to have one to get into Brazil, too.

For example, British passport holders do not need a visa, but US/American passport holders do. For more information regarding your visa requirements, check in with the Brazilian consulate in your home country first.

For the majority of out-of-town Carnival participants, they fly into Rio's International Aerporto Galeãto or the Aerporto Santos Dumont, which is the domestic airport in the Centro district. Once you've arrived at the Galeãto airport, you can take an air-conditioned bus into the city or to Zona Sul for about $2. If you came with luggage, a taxi might be more your speed, which will cost you around $30.

What To Pack

February is the peak month for Summer heat in the Southern Hemisphere, so make sure you prepare yourself. Pack for high temperatures and a ton of sunshine!

On the streets of Rio, it's perfectly normal for men to walk around shirtless and for women to wear bikini tops. If you do have a more formal rendezvous to head to, such as the famed Magic Ball, you'll need a more elaborate costume or black tie attire.


If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you could pull off some wacky ideas like cowboy hats, huge sunglasses, etc. You want to make sure you look the part for Carnival so you don't go unnoticed in the crowd.

Where to Stay

If you want to be closer to the action, Zona Sul is the best choice. This will include neighborhoods like Ipanema, Leblon, and Copacabana. Find an AirBnB or look for other accommodations early on because the bookings move fast during Carnival.

Tickets for the Parade at the Sambodrome go on sale two weeks before Carnival, so make sure you book prior to this.

How to Get Around

Transportation is relatively cheap in Rio, so don't worry too much about this part. Buses charge a standard 50-cent fare for one-way trips. A single ticket on the metro costs under a dollar.

Taxis are fitted with meters, but make sure your driver turns it on at the beginning of the ride, or else you might end up haggling your way out of an increased charge at the end of the trip. Uber is also big in Rio so you can always opt for that.

Other Tourist Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

 Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer).

Sugarloaf: Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Ipanema: is a neighborhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, known for its iconic namesake beach, which draws a diverse crowd for sunbathing and socializing. .

Tijuca National Park.

Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden).

Prainha Beach (Little Beach).