The Rio de Janeiro Carnival occurs every year on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, until Fat Tuesday itself.
The carnival has its roots in the Entrudo festival, which was brought with Portuguese immigrants who came to Rio de Janeiro in 1723.
The main event is the Samba Parade, which is broadcast live across the globe. There is also a street carnival, live concerts, parties and balls.
Nearly all hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels in Rio de Janeiro offer specials for carnival season, typically five-day, four-night stays for a reduced price.
If you need a break from the carnival, plenty of activities are offered not far from downtown Rio de Janeiro. These include biking along the coast in Orla Maritima, hiking in Pedra de Gavina or climbing the many mountains just outside of the city.
Article Written By Mark Orwell
In the summer of 2003, Mark Orwell began his career as a freelance writer focusing on popular culture, music, and film. He continues to write on a broad array of topics from Miami, Florida. His work has been available in the United States, the Caribbean, and South Africa.