People from around the world travel to Brazil to witness its carnivals. The streets are filled with people having the time of their lives during these carnivals. It’s an experience unlike any other. You must try to see it at least once in your life. Rio de Janeiro offers some of the most exciting carnivals, but other cities also have these festivities. Here are some tips to help you survive an authentic Brazilian carnival.
Don’t travel alone
The last thing you want to happen is get lost in a foreign country where there are thousands of people gathered on the streets. You’re also more vulnerable to bad people when you’re alone. Therefore, it’s better if you decide to travel with a group. It’s also a more exciting experience when you’re with other people.
You have to plan the trip months ahead. These are popular events, and you might not even find a hotel accommodation if you plan late. You should also decide where to go and how to get there. Most roads are closed on the day of the carnival, so you must know your way around. The festivities can extend up to several blocks. You don’t have to be everywhere. Find the right place and enjoy whatever is available.
Take it easy on the drinks
Again, you will be in the middle of a crowd and you’re unfamiliar of the territory. If you’re too drunk, you’re at risk. You might get robbed or hurt by criminals. You must be on your feet and always be vigilant. You can’t do it when you’re intoxicated. There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, but pace yourself. You can also start drinking more towards the night when the road events are over.
These carnivals happen during the hottest times of the year. You have to stay hydrated or you might faint. Bring a bottled water with you wherever you go. If you feel exhausted, move to the side and don’t push yourself. You can’t have fun when you no longer feel well.
Leave your valuables in your hotel
Don’t bring anything expensive with you. You risk losing them. Keep everything safely in your hotel. Don’t even bring your hotel keys. Leave them at the front desk. You will have so much fun during the carnival and forget about your possessions.
Prepare your costume
Of course, you don’t need to have the grand fancy costumes that locals have. However, there’s nothing wrong in putting on colorful makeup and using props. It will help you to blend in. It’s also fun if you do what locals do.
Rest well before the event starts
You came to Brazil to see the carnivals in person. Make sure you rest well before everything starts. Otherwise, you won’t have energy to finish the rest of the day. There shouldn’t be anything on your schedule prior to the carnival. If you intend to visit other places in the country, you should do it after the celebrations.
With these tips, you’re good to go. You can celebrate the carnivals and stay safe.
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