The real essence of celebrating Carnival in Rio is to take part in the many street party festivities, known as bloco. A bloco is probably is one of the words you’re going to listen the most during your stay in Rio in this Carnival period.
A bloco is simply an informal gathering of friends at a neighborhood bar or square with percussion instruments, singing songs and having fun. Most of these blocos are small with hundreds of participants and others became very popular attracting thousands of people.
In 2016 there were in the 5 days of Carnaval more than 508 blocos. So the questions are, which bloco to pick and have fun? What to bring? What are the precautions?
In this crazy marathon of almost 24 hours during five days of Carnival
Here I list 10 tips that I believe will help you a lot.
And if you want to join Bravietour to experience the Blocos together with us in a group, you can join us at the " The Real Street Carnaval of Rio Tour". We have made a hand-picked selection of cool blocos making a route every single day of the carnaval from Friday to Tuesday. For more info just click here.
1- Come with the craziest costume.
Carnaval is the festivity of fantasy, that being said you can be anyone you want and dress in whatever you feel like. Think of the most weird, thematic, colorful, not matching clothes you can have; now it’s the time to wear it.
Some ideas are: superheroes, Indians, firefighter, Viking, version of folklore clothes of your country, nun, you grandma’s old dress, etc.
But don’t forget as well to dress light. Otherwise the heat will melt you.
If you haven’t got any costume yet, go quick to the city center in the streets Rua da Alfandega or the parallel Rua Senhor dos Passos, the so called Saara area (popular discount shopping streets). The shops are open there until 01:00pm Saturday 25th of feb.
Recommended shops are:
Rua da Alfândega, 171/173, Saara, Centro
Rua Senhor dos Passos, 153, Saara, Centro
Rua Senhor dos Passos, 124, Saara, Centro
2- Use and bring sunscreen
Carnaval is during the hot tropical summer, and Rio is known for its super high temperatures and the sun burns you quicker than you can imagine. Even for people with darker skin it is extremely advised to bring and to use loads of sunscreen, especially on your neck, shoulders and arms.
3- Hydrate yourself
Although having an ice-cold beer and many caipirinhas is great and delicious! Keep in mind to drink large quantities of water to keep in you hydrated. If you can find coconut water it is even better as it recovers your intake of minerals and electrolytes; perfect if you want to stay energized and take the most out of the crazy Carnaval bloco marathon without a serious hangover.