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Still time to book your 2013 Rio Carnival Vacation Package!
If you didn’t have time to plan a vacation getaway for the up-coming holidays, here is a consoling tip: get cracking on planning the vacation of your dreams to the land of samba, carnival, caipirinha and beautiful beaches.
Rio Carnival 2013 is only two months away
If you haven’t planned it by now, you’ll want to get a professional involved to book everything perfectly. Get good hotel reservations near Ipanema beach, Copacabana beach or Leblon beach, not to mention the tickets for the samba school parades, which you cannot miss. Carnival, or carnaval in Portuguese (Brazilians' native language), is a three-day party that starts on Friday night, more precisely on February 8, 2013, and extends until Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday, also known as Fat Tuesday.
What to expect during your Carnival Vacation: Music, Parades & Parties!
Carnival is enjoyed by adults, teenagers or kids dressed up in costumes that can be displayed at street parades (blocos de rua), official samba school parades or at parties that happen at hotels or clubs. Street parades close off traffic and people of all ages meet up at a determined spot and time, most of them dressed up in costumes. Looking for that perfect spot? You’ll want to make sure your Brazilian travel package agent puts you in touch with the right contacts. Dancing in the streets with samba music played by a group of musicians with drums, saxophone, trombone and trumpets get you in the true spirit of Carnival.
The most known way to celebrate carnival in Brazil is certainly the samba school parades. In Rio, the parades start on Saturday night at 8 pm and end at 6 am the next morning. On Saturday, about six groups parade down the Sambodromo Marques de Sapucai, a large avenue built especially for carnival, about 2300 feet long with bleachers on both sides for about 90,000 spectators.
The parade dances their way down the sambodromo to the sound of a thematic song, usually about history, or homage to someone with social importance to the country. Each school has a drum section that plays the song live, thousands of sambistas (samba dancers) that are divided into distinct groups called “alas.” Each ala has their own costume, similar to the United States’ Mummers Parade in Philadelphia. In addition, there is a number of beautifully decorated floats, which arrive in-between the alas and carry some sambistas on it. The same happens on Sunday when the last six samba schools parade.
Rio is more than just Carnival
If all this beautiful and exotic three-day party wasn't enough entertainment for a great vacation, Rio also offers the majesty of its beaches (which are free by the way). Among them is the famous Ipanema beach, known throughout the world because of the bossa nova song,“The Girl from Ipanema,” sung by Frank Sinatra and its Brazilian composer Tom Jobim.
Other day-light activities include must-see sights like The Christ, Sugar Loaf (Pao de Acucar), and taking a sky-tram which will give you the most beautiful aerial panoramic pictures of Rio de Janeiro city.
If you think that vacationing in a country that speaks a different language might be a problem, you have not met a Brazilian yet! Most of them usually speak English in larger cities, since it is taught in school and most local business may require employees to have the skill for good business purposes, mainly the tourism industry. Last but not least, right now it is a great time to go to Rio or any Brazilian destination because the Brazilian currency (Real - R$) is 2 per USD $1, which means that your cash will do a lot down there.
So if you want to get started visit www.truebraziltravel.com (http://www.truebrazil.com/
Page Updated Last on: Dec 20, 2012