Rio enjoys tropical climate and the city is located near Tropic of Capricorn, about 23 degree south of the terrestrial Equator. Carnival occurs during summer season thus one has to deal with heat and humidity.
Rio carnival is the must see and one needs to experience it first hand to believe it. The atmosphere is totally enthralling and people are out on streets in large numbers with full enthusiasm. Most colorful and energetic event of the year, streets is blocked with colorfully dressed people. Samba Parade, carnival balls, dance parties, street carnival, etc are not to be missed during these four days. Rio Music Conference is also held during these days. Bicycle race Rio Circuit, Victory Day, Easter and Independence are also major attractions. Spectacular beaches, street parties, Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace, etc are some more places to visit while visiting Rio. If you want to enjoy this time more, you can learn some Samba steps and join the crowd yourself.
The carnival gives an opportunity to enjoy to people of all age groups. Although a little glitzy and garish, after coming here people shed their inhibitions and enjoy with gay abandon.
A world famous Rio carnival is organized in Rio de Janeiro and attracts about 2 million people every day on streets before Lent every year. The streets are jam packed with tourists and the participants hail from Samba schools and to show their dancing skills, they come in Rio Carnival every year to show their dancing skills. Mocidade Independente, Imperio Serrano, Academicos do Salgueiro, Unidos da Tijuca, and Beija-Flor de Nilopolis are the major Samba schools that participate in Rio carnival. The Samba schools compete with each other and this tough competition marks the climax of the carnival. Based on a particular theme, each school exhibits their talent of dancing. Spectacular floats are on display in Rio Carnival. Their costumes as well as dances are quite colorful and entertaining.
Rio has excellent hotels and all categories of hotels are available here, right from budget to star category hotels. The city is about the host two major sporting events – The World Cup and The Olympics. Infrastructural development is going on at a fast pace. There are several places that one must visit when in Rio. Some of them are –
Atop the Corcovado Mountain the statue of Christ, the redeemer welcomes you. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this world famous statue is about 30 meters high and is placed on a pedestal that is 8 meters high. It is located on a 710 meters high mountain of Corcovado. There is a chapel in the honor of the Lady of Aparecida, who was a patron Saint of Brazil.
Sugar Loaf Mountain with cable car is another famous stop. It lies parallel to Christ statue. A beautiful view over Botafogo and Guanabara Bay can be seen from here.
One of the most famous beaches in the world, it is a beautiful beach where one can let go of himself and fully enjoy the wonders of nature. Located in the south of Rio de Janeiro, this beach has bike parking facilities, cycling track, hotels, restaurants, bars and kiosks.
Famous among sport buffs, this stadium has seen some historic matches being played here. In the year 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host summer Olympics which is the first time in the history of any South American city. Maracana stadium is going to host the final match for FIFA World Cup in 2014.
Major tour planners plan Rio trips every year to make the most of Rio Carnival. This is the time when tourist influx is at its peak as no one wants to miss this breathtaking experience. Generally, five day tours are offered by them in which they cover Rio, half day tours to Corcovado Mountain, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Samba school parade, guided Favela Tour, The Gay Ball and main beaches. You get enough time to explore the city on your own as well.