Big feathers, valiant costumes worn by the world’s most flawless women, glaring music and of course lots of Samba dancing. It is really a spectacular event, a giant 5 day street party where anyone and everyone is invited. The Rio Carnival brings bubbling excitement to the locals but also to the world, for that reason Rio de Janeiro welcomed about 1.5 million tourists in 2019, 40% more visitors than 2017. Since 2015 the Rio Carnival has contributed approximately 1.6 billion dollars (USD) to the tourism sector, a great victory for the Brazilian economy.
So what are you waiting for? The proof is in the pudding (or numbers in this case). Below we offer advice on how you can enjoy the festivities like a pro!
Unfortunately the world is not a perfect place and incidents happen, always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongs on your person, we suggest having an Anti Theft Backpack to make sure your phone, cash, credit cards and other personal belongings are all safe.
Pack sunscreen. If you are not from the southern hemisphere you may forget that it will be summer during the festivities. Brazil gets really hot, temperatures souring as high as 31 degrees Celsius in February, so be sure to pack a high SPF sunscreen.
Don’t fret when if you don’t hear anyone talking about the ‘CARNIVAL’, that is because you have been saying it wrong the whole time. In Portuguese it is ‘CARNAVAL’ which sounds something like ‘CARNAVAU’. Say it like a local.
It is one big party and you want to enjoy some beers while you marvel and dance, but it is also very crowded and can be hard to move around, so your strategy should be to position yourself near a beer stand. You can grab a drink easily without squeezing through the crowds and you will see if the beer is about to run out.
5 days of partying sounds like a lot of fun, but in order to do that you must take care of yourself. The heat along with all the dancing and drinking can leave you dehydrated very fast, that can be dangerous, so always be sure to have loads of water and replenish your electrolytes by indulging the fresh and exotic fruit juices.
Capture every moment so you can show off to your friends and family and a nifty selfie stick will help you do just that.
Attend the ‘blocos’ too! As eccentric as the parades are, add to your itinerary the blocos, blocos are basically the street parties where even more dancing takes places, some locals have even said they look forward to the blocos more than the parades.
One last thing, even if you can’t samba, don’t worry dance anyway!
There you have it, you are ready for the Rio Carnival 2020!