With a history dating all the way back to the 1700s, it’s fair to say that Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the greatest festivals on the planet. An explosion of colour, music, dancing and other festivities, Carnival is one event that deserves to be on the itinerary of every party animal.
This year’s iteration runs from March 1st to the 9th and promises to be an extraordinary event. Here at Just Fly Business, we’re proud to provide cheap business class flights that can get you to Rio – and just about every other destination for that matter – in style and without breaking the bank. If you’re lucky enough to be going to Carnival in 2018, here are four unmissable things to see and do.
The undeniable highlight of Carnival, the Sambodromo is an arena where the best samba schools from around Brazil come to compete. During the performances, a panel of judges scrutinise the teams and award them points based on their themes, costumes and organisation as the parade makes it way around the stadium. It’s all televised, so you can watch from the comfort of your hotel room if you wish, but being there in person is an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
Looking to get the festivities started as soon as your business class flight touches down? Dozens of organised functions happen throughout Rio during Carnival, but for a more authentic experience don’t be afraid to check out some of the street parties. Loud, raucous and sprawling, these parties are open to anyone who happens to be walking by and can give you a taste of what the real Carnival experience is all about. Carnival street parties are generally quite safe – just use some common sense and you’ll be sure to have an amazing time and meet some fascinating people.
Want something a little more refined than a street party? A number of the big hotels put on lavish balls that take place over Carnival, where glamorous guests come to wine, dine and dance the night away. Some events are so exclusive that they’re invite only, while others will require you to buy a ticket in advance. Dress code varies between venues – some encourage you to wear traditional costumes – so be sure to confirm the details before you arrive.
Most of your attention will probably be focused on Carnival, but don’t forget to take the time to see the rest of the city too! Rio is a gorgeous place with all sorts of famous landmarks and hidden gems that are sure to be a hit with all types of travellers. Marvel at Christ the Redeemer, get lost in the historical city centre or just relax on one of the many beaches that fringe the city.
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