Carnival in Rio Neighborhoods

Each Neighborhood has Specific Points, But All of Them Represent the Carioca Way Of Life

In Rio de Janeiro, neighborhoods are called bairros. The bairros of Rio are classified into four zones or "zonas" in Portuguese. The Brazilian Carnival, which is celebrated every year before Easter is known all around the world but the Rio Carnival, is the most magnificent of all. All the bairros in Rio participate enthusiastically in the festival.

Roots of the Carnival

The Carnival is said to have its roots from the pagan festival of Saturnalia which adapted to Christianity and consequently shed their wrong ways during the season of Lent. It is believed that during this season they repented and abstained from meat for forty-six days before Easter. See more of Carnival History.

Rio Samba Schools

Centro is the most important of all the Rio bairros and is also the seat of power. The Sambodromo is a boulevard where there is a stadium for visitors during the Samba parade. The Samba schools participate in a Samba parade, which stretches to over five days. All the streets in Rio are filled with enthusiasm during the carnival. The Samba Parade, which consists of exquisitely built colorful floats, sensuous dancers and enchanting music created by the talented choreographers, is the main carnival attraction.

Each school competes with each other for the top spot.

The Samba dance is the most popular Brazilian dance with enticing beats and rhythms that creates an ambience of scintillating music and adds color to the festival.

Santa Teresa and Lapa

Santa Teresa and Lapa

Santa Teresa and Lapa are two districts, which are located between Centro and South of Rio. They are steeped in history and some of the old colonial architecture is still seen here. Both the Rio bairros attract artists hence it is the center of music and art. Lapa and Santa Teresa still maintain their ties by sharing the historic Santa Maria tram. This runs across a bridge which was once an aqua duct.
These two Rio bairros have plenty of clubs and bars that pulsate with an array of music and dance of salsa, samba, axe and even ballroom dancing.

Places to Chill Out in Rio

Of all the bairros of Rio, the neighborhood of the South zone is known for its finest beaches. Copacabana, a district here is known for its beach that stretches to four kilometers. There are ancient forts on both ends of the beach. The Copacabana Palace Hotel, a luxury hotel overlooking the sea, has been welcoming eminent personalities from around the world.

Ipanema and Leblon are two rich city districts of Rio de Janeiro. These two Rio bairros are known for their exclusive boutiques and swanky bars and discos. The Rio bairros of Ipanema and Leblon are noted for their clean beaches and spotless sea. Both the cities boast of a vivacious nightlife. These Rio bairros have stylish clubs, bars, lounges and nightclubs that lure the elite tourist. Don't ever miss the Carnival balls at the Scala Club in Leblon. This city has hosted several important balls.
Jardim Botanico, Sao Conrado and Gavea are the affluent Rio bairros. At the end of Sao Conrado's beach you can hang-glide or paraglide and have an astounding mid-air view of the city. Gavea and Jardim

Botanico have plenty of vegetation. Jardim Botanico is named after a botanical garden but there other gardens and forests where you can explore the ecology of the environment. In Gavea, Pedra da Gavea is one of the highest mountains and while in Rio de Janeiro, don't miss this opportunity of trekking up this mountain although this is not for beginners.

Urca is a tiny town in Rio de Janeiro at the base of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. It is a splendid residential area as the view from here is awesome. The Flamengo Parc, Bay of Botafogo and the ten mile long Niteroi

Bridge can be viewed from Urca.

The Rio bairros of Botafogo and Flamengo situated between Centro and the South zone have spectacular beaches. The sunset here is a marvelous sight to watch. These beaches are popular for various sports.

The Botafogo beach hosts concerts and open air shows. Parque do Flamengo is in front of the beach and has beautiful gardens. The Museum of Modern Art is housed in this park. For those who love shopping, there are huge shopping malls in these Rio bairros. You can even spend the afternoon at the Indian Museum or the International Museum of Native Art.

Barra da Tijuca – a Place for the Rich and Famous

Barra da Tijuca - a Place for the Rick and Famous

Of all the Rio bairros, Barra da Tijuca is a famous neighborhood as it is one of the richest places in Brazil. With huge mansions and luxurious living, most of the celebrities and soccer stars live here.
Barra da Tijuca is noted for its beaches and innumerable lakes. What is unique about this place is that it has the longest beach and the biggest shopping mall in Latin America. Barra Shopping has about 577 stores with entertainment services and an indoor theme park. International travellers show great interest in the seafood restaurants of Barra da Tijuca. The eateries serve large portions in a rustic setting.

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