Rio Carnival (or Carnaval in Portuguese) is one of the well known carnivals in the world and is probably the most famous one in Brazil. Thousands of tourists from all around the world flock to Brazil each year for this five day event.
Rocinha is the largest favela (shantytown) in Rio de Janeiro and South America. There are a lot of organised tours there now so you won’t have problems booking one at the last minute or when you arrive in Rio.
Fear not fellow Sydneysiders. All you need to do is go to the Consulate General of Brazil website and download a tourist visa checklist. Make sure you satisfy all the relevant criteria which includes:
We finally bit the bullet & booked our Sambodrome tickets for Rio Carnaval 2013 over the weekend. We were over the moon & even considering participating in the parade. However, our celebration was fleeting as it seems Rio-Carnival.net (proudly sporting the “recommended by Lonely Planet” banner as a form of reassurance for us Westerners – maybe!) charged me twice, inevitably pushing my credit card to its limit. So I have been trying to ring both numbers on their website to no avail. This is one of those times when I wish I knew/understood Portuguese! This morning, I found relief when I received an email from a Rio-Carnival.net representative, advising me that the matter will be investigated. After reading mixed (mostly negative) reviews on Tripadvisor last night, I was quite ready to let my bank handle the matter. But after receiving such courteous & prompt email, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. After all, millions of tourists would book through them…surely….hopefully…. Safe travels, Ailene