The festival in Rio de Janeiro is considered the largest festival in the world, bringing in over 2 million people each festival season. The massive parade held each year is broken down into “Samba Schools”—similar to “Krewes” that occur during the New Orleans Mardi Gras—each competing with one another and representing different styles in imagery and motif. Massive floats, eccentric costumes, fireworks and music fill the city during the Carnivale season. Don’t worry, while the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro are well prepared to help you select the events perfect for your tastes.
Visitors wishing to travel to Rio de Janeiro to attend this exciting festival will not only need a passport but a strategic vacation plan well before the Lenten season.
Located approximately 12 miles from the center of the city, visitors will fly into Rio de Janeiro/Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, the largest airport and second-busiest for international travel in Brazil. This airport is sure to become busier in coming years as Rio de Janeiro will host major events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, though you can expect significant renovations in the airport as well throughout the entire city.
With millions of people visiting the city for this immensely popular fest, it may be a little difficult to find the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro at the last minute. Before beginning a search for Rio de Janeiro hotels, it is important to know that many of them only offer blocked-night stays, typically ranging between four and five nights, during the Carnivale period. Students or young people who are looking for a hostel might be lucky if they are willing to stay outside of the city, or, if a reservation is made well in advance, lodging may be found in Rio’s suburban areas. Be prepared: This is the most expensive time for food and lodging in the city, and prices can go up as much as five times higher during the Carnivale season.
Carnivale festivities pervade the city before Lent, so while sightseeing is always an option in Rio, visitors may find themselves too caught up in the gorgeous parades, nightlife and atmosphere of Carnivale. Nevertheless, if you make it outside of the city, Rio offers many great Brazilian sights and attractions such as the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, at 130 feet tall it is the largest art deco statue in the world and is viewable from almost anywhere in the city. The fantastic natural splendor of the tropical rainforest of Tijuca and Sugar Loaf Mountain are sure to please anyone looking to get out of the city. The mysterious and beautiful streets of Santa Teresa and the world famous Brazilian beaches are also unforgettable attractions.
With advance planning and research, anyone can have the time of their life in the gorgeous streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnivale. No matter where you end up in the city, block parties will make sure you experience a celebration you will likely never forget. Returning home from the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro will be harder than ever!
Your Own Golf Course
If Carnivale has left you with a need to wind down, trying booking a room at the 5-star Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort. You can play a few holes at the Gavea Golf Club or take a dip in one, or all, of the three pools. That is, if you don’t just head for the beach.
The Real Copacabana
Located on Copacabana Beach, the 5-star Rio Othon Palace offers an amazing rooftop pool. You can even walk to the subway to get o the festivals, or just soak up some rays on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The Comforts of Home and The Luxuries of 5 Stars
While you can enjoy a full-service spa, pool, or nearby beach, the Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro offers satellite TV in every room as well. Stay close to home, no matter where your from.