Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the carnival capital of the world, the event is not only the world’s biggest carnival it is also a benchmark against which every other carnival is compared and is undoubtedly one of the most interesting artistic events on the globe. Starting on a Friday and finishing on Fat Tuesday with the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday after which one is supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures allows itself to a wild 5-day celebration. Usually held in February, the hottest month in the Southern Hemisphere when summer in Rio is at its peak, it lends itself to fit in perfectly with our Classic Brazil itinerary which can be viewed by clicking here.