Why is it that whenever people hear the word “Carnaval,” Rio de Janeiro  automatically springs to mind? Rio isn’t the only city to host this Bacchanalian celebration, but its signature parades, balls, and escolas de sambas combined with the nonstop merrymaking have made it the most spectacular of Brazil ’s—not to mention the planet’s—Carnavals.
To experience Rio’s hedonistic five-day festa in all its butt-swaying, ear-blasting, eye-popping, mind-blowing glory, make sure to book your accommodations far in advance.
Check out the Carnaval Party Planning page  for the scoop on all the different ways Rio celebrates Carnaval.
For up-to-date information about Carnaval, check out Riotur’s website, www.riodejaneiro-turismo.com.br , and the Rio Carnaval Guide website, www.rio-carnival.net , both of which have complete and updated information in English.