What are the best neighborhoods to enjoy Brazil Carnival in Rio?
If you are traveling to Rio de Janeiro
, Brazil, to enjoy Carnival, there are a few districts and neighborhoods we recommend. Definitely try to stay at the “Zona Sul” or South Zone. We strongly advise visitors to stay at the following districts: Flamengo
, Copacabana, Botafogo, Lagoa, Santa Teresa, Laranjeiras, Leblon, and Rio´s downtown Centro da Cidade (financial district). The main reason is that most of the carnival festivals activities are located only in these neighborhoods. Flamengo
, Botafogo, Centro, and Santa Teresa are especially close to Rio´s Sambadrome, where the official Rio Carnival parade is held.
Below, a marvelous picture of Rio´s sunset in Flamengo District
Avoid staying at Barra or São Conrado. They are simply too far from the Parade and there are very few street carnival parties compared to these other Rio districts. In 2009, Rio´s 2009 Carnival will have more than 250 street groups or “blocos de rua” in Portuguese. They are really fun, authentic and free. The great majority of these amazing street groups are held in districts like Ipanema
, (Banda de Ipanema), Laranjeiras (Volta Alice, Imprensa Que Eu Gamo), and Centro (Cordão do Bola Preta). For a full list of 2009 ´s Street Groups please check our Rio Carnival Street Parties cultural tab.
Below, the Hotel Monte Claro in at the Center of Rio - Lapa