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Rio Carnival 2014 – Hotels and Accommodations
See You in Brazil offers a wide range of hotel and accommodations packages for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Rio Carnival is the biggest Carnival celebration in the world, with more than a million visitors and locals attending each year. Rio Carnival is the only place to be from Feb. 28 to Mar. 3 —it’s a fun-filled celebration that’s not to be missed! The four-day extravaganza is incredible, but you’d better book your hotels and packages early, as the city’s hotels and other accommodations fill up fast.
We offer numerous choices to fit your budget and traveling needs, and we provide a variety of packages for the Brazil-bound traveler. Airfare, hotel, excursions, and Rio Carnival tickets are some of the things we can combine for your Brazil Carnival package.
You can book your hotel or other accommodations on this page for Brazil Carnival 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Check out our different promotions and reduced prices, and find all the details you want on the great hotels Rio has to offer. Don’t forget to explore the rest of our Rio Carnival 2014 Guide for more information on Brazil Carnival tickets, activities, and more!
Rio Carnival 2014 – Hotels Overview
Most of the Rio Carnival recommended hotels on our website are in the classiest neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, providing easy access to Brazil Carnival 2014 events, the city’s most gorgeous beaches, and extensive shopping centers. These hotels also offer outstanding services to provide guests a comfortable and worry-free stay. Hotels have or are located near restaurants in which you can try out delicious Brazilian eats, sample beach-inspired cocktails, and nibble on delectable appetizers as you prepare for Brazil Carnival.
Best of all, the hotels listed here are ideal for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, close to the international airport and all the action of Rio Carnival 2014.
Rio Carnival 2014 Hotels – Things to Consider
During Carnival, Rio hotels usually book a set number of nights together (usually around 4-5 nights), so be sure to check out the mandatory minimum requirements for each hotel you’re considering. If you’d like to stay for some extra time before or after Rio Carnival for more sightseeing, beach-walking, or just to enjoy the lovely and welcoming Brazilian summer, extra nights are often available and can be booked on this site.
So come join us for one of the most popular and exciting events in the world! Book your package for Brazil Carnival 2014 today!
Rio Carnival 2014
Your Ultimate Guide for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Ready for adventure, excitement, and the ultimate celebration? Then we’ll see you in Brazil for Rio Carnival—the biggest carnival celebration in the world!
About Rio Carnival
This site is your one-stop information source for Rio Carnival 2014 and all of its events, including schedules [David Baj1] , venues, Brazil Carnival tickets, the 2014 Samba Parade, Sambodromo information, Brazil Carnival Rio’s history, and insiders’ tips from those who know Rio Carnival best. Through this site, you can book your hotel, Rio Carnival tickets, and vacation packages while getting a taste of Brazilian culture and the exciting celebration to come!
Rio Carnival Frequently Asked Questions
Brazil Carnival 2014 Essentials
The Carnival Capital of the World
Rio Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is an amazing celebration that lasts four days starting 40 days before Easter. Although cities, towns, and villages in Brazil and many other Catholic countries celebrate Carnival each year, Rio de Janeiro is known as the “Carnival Capital of the World” because of its particularly raucous and wildly popular festivities. Rio Carnival has become the benchmark by which all other carnivals are measured. With almost 500,000 foreign visitors and many more Brazilian nationals coming to Rio for the event yearly, the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is without rival.
The origins of Carnival can be traced back to the traditional religious calendar of the Catholic Church. The event began as a celebration of excess before the season of restraint that starts on Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter (the season of Lent). Because of this, Carnival officially starts on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and finishes on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Carnival acts as an event that provides an irreverent farewell to carnal pleasures before Lent, a time during which people are expected to abstain from all bodily pleasures.
Typically, Carnival falls during the month of February, the Southern hemisphere’s hottest month and the height of Rio de Janeiro’s summer season. Brazil Carnival 2014 will take place Feb. 28-Mar. 3 and promises to be hotter and more festive than ever.
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A Cultural Institution
Brazil Carnival is not just a wild party—it’s also a cultural institution, full of vibrant traditions, colorful people, and true Brazilian soul. Brazil Carnival is the epitome of Brazilian culture and is an event in which that culture is shared with the world.
Brazil Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is four days of ecstasy, joy, and revelry. The nights and days are full of parties, and fun takes center stage. Dancing is everywhere, singing fills the streets, and costumes and colors flood one’s vision. It’s a time when people forget about their worries and the days to come and just live for the moment, enjoying every second of life.
Brazilians put in months of work to create the festivities that bring such joy to the people and open up the heart of Brazil to the world. Because of this, people wait expectantly for Carnival each year. When King Momo, the Fat King, is crowned on the first day of Rio Carnival, it marks the beginning of Brazil Carnival Rio’s festivities, and the true Brazilian celebration begins. Carnival-goers take over the streets of Rio de Janeiro, and the joyous activities overflow into the rest of the country.
During those four days, everywhere and everything is Brazil Carnival. The streets and squares are crowded with revelers, bars are filled with fun-loving Carnival-goers, and clubs are all dancing to the heartbeat of Rio Carnival until the whole city is overtaken by the celebration. The singing, dancing, and entertainment come together from all the corners of Rio de Janeiro, crescendoing to a climax—the Rio Carnival Parade (the Samba Parade), the ultimate embodiment of Brazilian culture and Brazil Carnival Rio.
Rio Carnival takes months of preparation, and traveling to Rio Carnival takes preparation, too. Make sure you book your flight well ahead of time to ensure your place at the festivities, and find a hotel in advance, too (Rio Hotels )—the closer to the action the better! Rio Carnival tickets should be purchased early, and check out the Rio Carnival 2014 schedule/calendar to choose which events you’d like to attend. Once your schedule’s set, then the real fun begins—prepare your costumes for the Samba Parade and get to packing!
With Rio Carnival tickets and costumes in hand, you’ll be ready to have fun at Rio Carnival and leave all your worries behind!
Rio Carnival: The People’s Passion
Rio Carnival offers an open door for a variety of people to come together to celebrate, have fun, and enjoy life. Not only do people come from all over the world to join in the festivities, but different kinds of people from all over Brazil show their passion and love for life at Brazil Carnival Rio. People of different classes, creeds, and regions revel in Carnival’s joyous extravaganza.
When Rio Carnival hits the streets, it’s clear that Brazil’s people are full of the passion and fun-loving nature that make Rio Carnival what it is. Carnival doesn’t depend on corporate sponsors, industry, television, and celebrities—it comes from the deep hearts of the Brazilian people, which welcome all to join them.
The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is also not just limited to the wealthy of Brazil. In fact, some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods (the so-called favelas) are the most involved in the festivities. Favelas are shantytowns where some of Rio’s most impoverished residents live, often in houses made of cardboard and other scraps without running water, electricity, or sewage systems. Despite their social and economic situations, these residents are some of Rio Carnival’s biggest contributors. Many people who live in the favelas are members of the local samba school and are vital to the Samba Parade performances. Carnival is often especially important to these residents, as each year during Rio Carnival, they get to forget their cares for a few days and enjoy the fun of Carnival. And, like the rest of the Brazilians who participate in Brazil Carnival, they sure know how to celebrate!
Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is a joyous, tolerant, and inclusive party, with many gays and drag queens participating in crucial parts of Rio Carnival’s events. The party is for everyone—revelers and paraders cross-dress, others sport costumes of all kinds, and all are invited with open arms to join in the fun!
Where to Stay for Brazil Carnival 2014
See You in Brazil offers a wide array of hotel packages for Rio Carnival 2014, so check out our selection, and let us know if you have any questions!
Hotels fill up quickly for Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, so it’s important to make reservations well in advance. The most popular hotels (those in South Rio) become full especially early, so try to book your rooms at least 3 or 4 months before Carnival begins.
Rio Carnival Accomodations: Tips and Recommendations
Bordering the ocean and filled with its breezes, South Rio (the Zona Sul) offers some of the best places to stay for Rio Carnival.
Copacabana and Ipanema are also happening spots where Carnival fills every street and fun can be found on every corner.
If you’re looking for something more upscale, consider Leblon. A number of hotels there provide a fixed-rate Carnival package (5 nights); rates are typically higher during Carnival than in other seasons, but the accommodations are stellar.
See You in Brazil has pre-booked (Rio Hotels ) rooms in over hotels, with numerous options to choose from (3 to 5 stars, ocean front, etc.) to make sure our clients have the most competitive prices and packages available. See our Rio Hotels page to check out more options and book your hotel today.
See You in Brazil recommends booking hotel rooms, particularly for hotels’ excellent service, safety provisions, and ease of travel; but some visitors to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival stay in apartments or private rooms that Rio residents let for the duration of Carnival. We have a listing of such options as well, so check out temporary accommodations for more information.
Brazil Carnival: A Vibrant History
Carnival’s history dates all the way to antiquity, when ancient Romans and Greeks celebrated the coming of spring. As time went on, all throughout Europe, people joined in such celebrations, parties, and street festivities to give thanks, and when European settlers came to the New World, these traditions came with them.
In the mid-1800s, Portuguese settlers brought the notion of “carnival” to Rio de Janeiro. Steeped in Parisian traditions, the city’s upper class brought in the practice of hosting balls and masquerades. But with time, these traditions took on their own hue in Brazil, embodying elements from Brazil’s unique culture, such as African and Amerindian influences.
During these celebrations, the people in Brazil began parading in the streets, dancing and making music. In the period of Carnival, individuals could forget about their social roles, and they showed this by wearing costumes, most of which focused on crossing social boundaries. It was common to find aristocrats in peasant costumes, men dressed as women, those in poverty looking like royalty—but only during Carnival. Once the government in Brazil accepted Carnival as a part of the people’s cultural expression, even slaves were allowed to join in the celebration and were freed for three days to take part in Carnival.
Once the 1900s arrived, Carnival had already grown to include competitions as well as the other developments. The main competition was a parade full of costumes, musical instruments, singing, and dancing, and as these competitions became better organized, they developed into one of Rio Carnival’s main events.
Up until that time, Brazil Carnival in Rio had been dominated by European-style music, such as waltzes and polkas, but as Carnival grew and the working class of Brazil (including Afro-Brazilians, Russian Jews, Poles, etc.) became more involved in the festivities, Rio Carnival’s music began to be influenced by these local inspirations. These groups, who mostly lived in central Rio de Janeiro, had begun to form their own music, and their influences on Rio Carnival—and Brazilian culture more generally—are undeniable. This area of Rio, which became known as “Little Africa,” is now known as the “cradle of samba.”
During World War II, the parades stopped, but they began again a few years after the war ended, in 1947. By the mid-1900s, the main parade route was in downtown Rio on Avenida Rio Branco. Now, a stadium (the Sambodromo) has been built specifically for the epic Samba Parade—the biggest competition of Carnival. The Sambodromo was built in 1984 and can seat 90,000 people for the Samba Parade. Seven hundred meters of the Marques de Sapuca street were made into this permanent parade ground, with bleachers on each side for parade-goers.
Rio Carnival has grown tremendously since its roots in European festivities and has taken on its own Brazilian flare. Now Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the biggest, most anticipated celebrations worldwide and the benchmark for all other Carnival celebrations. We hope to see you there at Rio Carnival 2014—buy your Brazil Carnival tickets now: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 803 234 0103
Samba: A Song and Dance of the People
Although Europeans had a strong influence on early Carnival celebrations in Brazil, nowadays samba dominates the scene. Samba is a form of Brazilian music created by poor Afro-Brazilians, and it came out of the “cradle of samba”--the area of Central Rio where the working class lived.
The word “samba” comes from the Angolan word “semba,” which means ritual or rite. For the African slaves who first brought the word to Brazil starting in the 17th century, this word meant many things, from praying to invoking spirits/gods. It could also mean a complaint or a crying out akin to what we hear in “the blues.”
The Samba Schools
Samba schools are central to the success of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Each samba school is a social club that represents a specific neighborhood in Rio, and they are usually made of working-class individuals (usually from the favelas) who practice year-round to create the amazing spectacles that we see at Brazil Carnival. To prepare for the Samba Parade, they pick themes, compose their own music/lyrics, and design their own costumes and floats.
The Samba schools’ work is not limited to the parade itself, though. They also provide entertainment for the community through samba nights and a pageant to show off their costumes for the parade.
Street Bands and Parties
Over 300 street bands participate in Rio Carnival, and more join in each year. But the bands’ participation isn’t limited to the four days of Carnival; in fact, you can find them playing in the streets throughout January and the days leading up the festivities as well. Although they often have their particular corners and neighborhoods where you’ll find them, some of them—the biggest ones—even close down the city streets. They’re often linked to local neighborhoods, and every Rio neighborhood has a favorite.
The bands are mostly composed of brass instruments, and some parade through neighborhoods while others stay put. Regardless, where there’s music, there’s dance, and when the bands start playing, you’ll see samba in Rio’s streets. Large groups of people join in the fun wherever the bands are, some dressed in costumes, others in swimwear, and still others in regular clothes—and some even in drag. Smaller, neighborhood-based street parties like this that occur leading up to Carnival are called blocos; the larger of these parties are called bandas.
Many of the bands are quite popular, and the best loved ones are: Cordão do Bola Preta, a traditional band that parades downtown; Banda de Ipanema, which marches on three separate days in Ipanema, typically attracting a crowd of gay celebrants; Suvaco do Cristo, or “Christ’s armpit” in English, which parades in the Botanic Garden District just under Christ-the-Redeemer statue's arm; and Carmelitas, which parades in the hills of Santa Teresa and was said to be formed by nuns (but is really simply an allegory of the band).
These street parades and parties are some of the most fun events of Carnival and the days leading up to it, so don’t miss out if you get the opportunity to go. Participating is pretty simple—first, people get together at a well known local landmark or favorite neighborhood hangout, like a square or a local bar. They have fun and socialize for a few hours, and then music starts singing through the air, coming toward them as the band makes its way down the street.
Join in for the warm-up and socializing (which usually starts around 4:00 p.m.) as well as the main event, and put a smile on your face as the band plays its way through the city streets. Seniors and children are also welcome at these street parties—the whole family can join in the fun! Even the drivers who get stuck in the band’s flow will have to sit back and relax, enjoying the moment, until the band passes through. We suggest you do the same, taking in the flavor of Rio’s streets, its wonderful people, and its amazing traditions.
Arriving in Brazil for Rio Carnival
You have a few options when choosing how to fly into Brazil for Rio Carnival. Most visitors arrive at Rio’s international airport, Galeão. Rio also has a domestic airport, Santos Dumont, located downtown that some might find useful if taking domestic flights from other parts of Brazil.
See You in Brazil offers options to and from both airports as well as transfers to and from the airports and Rio’s main port (downtown Rio). For more information on guides, pickup, and so on, ask our experts via e-mail ( email@example.com ) or phone 1 803 234 0103
For more independent travelers, for R$6.50 (about US$4) you can catch an air-conditioned bus from just outside of the terminal at Galeão and head into the city or the South End (Zona Sul). The recommended company is named Real, and buses will stop anywhere along their route, as requested. You could also take a taxi into the city, which will cost about R$80 (US$30), depending on which neighborhood you’re heading to. Most cabs will have you pay by the meter, or you can negotiate a fixed fee in advance.
Both airports have ATM machines that accept all major debit/credit cards, and they usually have better exchange rates than the Foreign Exchange bureaus.
You’ll find more detailed information about getting around, other basics, and more recommendations in See You in Brazil’s complete Rio Carnival Guide[Alexis 14] .