Last year I went to Rio De Janeiro for the Carnival. A few of my friends had gone to the Rio Carnival the year before and I had heard them say it was one of the best experiences they have ever had. We stayed in Rio De Janeiro for the Carnival for a whole week.
My friends and I rented an apartment that was slightly more expensive as compared to what other people were paying in hostels, but it was so worth it. One important thing that you have to remember about Rio Carnival is that you have to make your arrangements for accommodation early because of the number of visitors who throng to the city for the Rio Carnival celebration. The general prices for accommodation are pretty expensive, but hey, this is a once-in-lifetime must-do experience.
Accommodation facilities in Rio are up to date. The apartment we booked was in a safe area and had a very helpful front desk staff that helped us out whenever we needed suggestions for things to do. Generally, the services in the facility were good and I really liked and enjoyed the week with some of my friends.
I was fascinated with the Carnival in Rio, the street parties that took place each day were huge and I really loved getting involved. It is amazing, especially when you are among the hundreds of thousands of people who drink and party in the street every day and night for almost a week. The mood was really exciting and every person was out to get the best from the Rio Carnival. My friends and I were really mesmerized with the samba dancing. We went to the Sambadrome one day and I had grandstand tickets and sat in sector 9, which gave us a great view to listen and see all the samba school songs and dances. I have to say if you go to Rio Carnival then getting tickets to one of the events in the Sambadome is well worth it. The experience was so much more than I expected.
What I liked about Rio de Janeiro is that the city seemed pretty safe. There was no single time I felt insecure in this fascinating city, although admittedly we seemed to be in a bit of an upmarket area. There are plenty of high-class hotels in Copacabana and Ipanema. The apartment we stayed in was next to a beach and we were at the beach a lot where we mingled and chatted with the locals who seemed eager to help us out. We spent many days on Copacabana Beach, were hundreds of girls were practically naked! On the beaches, there was virtually everything you may wish to buy.
I really loved and enjoyed my stay in Rio De Janeiro for the Carnival. I think everyone should really consider getting to this amazing festival held in February or March every year.