Everybody knows about world’s biggest and best carnival ever, the one from the samba capital of the world, Rio de Janeiro. Rio’s Carnival is a wild 4 day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially starts on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which everyone is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures. Carnival with all its excesses, celebrated as a profane event, can be considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh. It usually happens in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Rio summer is at its peak.
The venue of the main Parade is the Sambodromo, thus it is not free. However Sambodromo tickets are definitely worth the money. You will experience a spectacle that you certainly have never seen before. The Samba Parade is often referred to as “the biggest show on Earth”. Ticket prices differ from a sector to another, but they vary around 200 and 600 US dollars for the 2012 Carnival. Besides that, we gathered some interesting facts for the 2012 edition so you can get the most of this amazing celebration.
You need to know some Portuguese, not the whole language, but just the basics, as some people may ignore you if you speak English all the time. They may have beautiful people but not many of them are over 30, and the ones that look like 30 may be 15, so be careful with who you’re dealing with. Also, the Brazilian women seem not to be able to smile for some reasons, so making them smile is a great chance to take, especially when they are dancing.
In Brazil, especially in Rio, buttock implants and steroids for the men are a common thing, so don’t get scared if you see a lot of this kind of people on the street. No one puts their hand over their mouths when they yawn, maybe 2 persons in 100 are doing it, and those might be visitors.
Many chew with their mouth open which is kind of gross and unexpected in other countries, but it could be from the way they eat their food, which is very relaxed, enjoying as much as they can from their fresh products. Streets are strewn with cans and urine pools, so watch your step all the way, as the carnival spirit gives some that extra kick, making them a bit unworried about the one next to them. At the Sambadromo they play the same music for 10 hours, so make sure you divide your time for other activities as well, as this amount of time can get annoying for most of the people. Also, a lot of transvestites are around and you have to be careful as they are approaching you, they can get a bit intimate when it’s not the case. Just be polite and get on with your thing.
You really have to put Rio’s Carnival on your list of destinations to visit in this life. It’s that good. Although the Carnival itself is fantastic, it’s the life around it that turns Rio into a Party of all Parties.
All guests are free to use the hotel’s Safety deposit box, Dry cleaning/laundry service and Concierge…
All guests are free to use the hotel’s Dry cleaning/laundry service, Parking and Room service.Corporate…