Brazil is a destination that has been on my must-see list for some time so you can only imagine my joy at finally getting the chance to go. Not only would our itinerary include the experience of carnival in Rio De Janeiro, but it would also be a trip including stays in Sao Paulo, Paraty and Ilha Grande.
Having planned every meticulous detail of our trip, you can only imagine my concern when our flight from London was delayed by two hours (resulting in us almost missing our connection). My anxiety didn’t wane until we had run from one plane to another with just ten minutes to spare before take off!
Fortunately several other passengers were on the same itinerary so the connecting flight was forced to wait – but it could have all been so much worse.
Our first few days were to be spent in Rio, primarily for Carnival 2013 and we wasted no time at all in getting stuck in and enjoying the experience of a lifetime, partying on the streets of Brazil the well known Blocos de Rua (Street Block Parties) that take place across the city. Whether it’s day or night, if it’s Carnival time, then something is bound to be happening. At this time, revelry spreads capturing the spirits of young and old to embrace Lent in what is known as the world’s largest carnival enjoyed by millions each year. Highlights from the first few days are summed up below.
Late night Street Block Party in Lapa, Gloria to get involved with the activities. Food and drinks are readily available at very reasonable prices. Mingle, enjoy the atmosphere and join in with the dancing whenever the opportunity arises.
We visited Catete the following day for a daytime party which was walking distance from our accommodation at Kariok Hostel. More food, drinking and dancing with much singing and merriment. During the daytime there are also Block Parties specifically for families and children, so choose wisely and then let your hair down.
Flamengo Beach, Gloria
From Catete, we headed to Flamengo Beach, pretty much just following the crowds. Once we arrived, everybody seemed to disperse to the shore, grabbing a spot in the sun or shade to take in more of the action. With music and plenty of entertainment available, it’s easy to just relax and absorb the environment.
It wouldn’t be Carnival in Rio without fancy dress and there is certainly no shortage of this. From funny to clever, impressive to wacky, Rio has it all. The vibrance and revelry is the perfect chance for everybody to get involved, dress up (if you like) and follow the crowds as the party moves around Rio.
Have you attended Carnival in Rio or any others like it? I’d love to hear how they measured up to your expectations.