Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the largest and most renowned parties on the planet, known for its elaborate cultural traditions, music, dancing and parades. During Carnival, nearly 2-million people flood Rio’s street per day, celebrating the beginning of the Christian Lent and partying to “seize the day,” and enjoy all the wonders life has to offer.

One of the events biggest attractions is the celebration held at Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, which was specifically built to host the most competitive parade of Carnival. Here, locals gather to gawk at exquisite floats, dazzling costumes and dance along to the music. And while everyone might not be able to agree on their favorite float, they all agree it was well-worth the year-long preparations. After the event, street bands known as ‘blocos’ fill the air with music and excitement as they parade downs the streets, round up block parties and lure people out of the clubs with their energetic dancing and lively music.

Getting There

Fly into Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport from any major hub across the globe. London’s Heathrow Airport, for example, offers flights on British Airways to Rio de Janeiro often. And as one of Brazil’s top airports, travelers can easily fly into this airport on a number of airlines.  Once there, jump off the plane and go straight to a bloco by way of public or private transport accessible directly from the airport terminals. Or try to find the famous bloco in the airport before you set off on the hunt for Carnival. The resident of Australia can fly via Egypt, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa or Zimbabwe.

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