Rio Carnival 2012 Guide

Every year in February Rio Carnival 2012 is celebrated in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Although the carnival is mostly in little towns and villages throughout Brazil, Rio is the capital of this festival. The celebration itself dates back to the early 1700s. The purpose of the festival is to indulge in earthly pleasures of the flesh before the religious observance of Lent. The Rio Carnival 2012 is held in February. It occurs about 40 days before Easter, beginning on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. It officially ends after a four-day stint on Fat Tuesday. The celebration is loud, wild and fun. Over two million people pack the streets of the festival, 500,000 of those being foreigners. Planning to visit the Rio Carnival 2012? One thing that is recommended for all travellers jetting into Rio during this tourist attraction is to book your flight reservations well in advance. Slots will go fast due to the popularity of the event. You may also want to make sure that you purchase your Rio Carnival 2012 tickets. Without these tickets, you will not be able to experience the full color and musical events of the festival. Hotels are one of the most important facets of any trip to the Rio Carnival 2012.

It is impossible to travel by car to the celebration because of the amount of people blocking the streets. You should try and book a hotel that is near the water and the festival at the same time. Good hotels to consider are the Copacabana by the Orient Express, right on the Copacabana Beach. There is also the Fasano Hotel, right in the heart of downtown Rio. The Santa Teresa District is quaint – a little more relaxing than the other hotels downtown.

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