NYE in Rio: Get Booking!

What's New — By Lucy Bryson on September 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm

There’s no doubt about it: Rio de Janeiro knows how to throw a New Year’s Eve party like no other. And if you’re hoping to join the party, now’s the time to get planning.
The price of accommodation shoots up enormously over the party season, but smart-thinking visitors can still bag a bargain if they make their travel plans pronto. Hotels and hostels know that last minute bookers will need to take what they can find, and so are effectively able to charge what they like.
Book flights and accommodation now, and you’ll avoid the last minute customer panic that sends prices soaring.
It may take a little forward planning, but rest assured, it’s well worth the effort to celebrate New Year in Rio.

While locals like to dismiss Copacabana’s New Year celebrations as a little passe, for tourists there really is no better place to be when the clock strikes 12. Some three million people – a mixed bag of foreigners, locals and Brazilian tourists – head to the beach, clad all in white in a homage to Yemanja, the Candomble goddess of the sea. A mix of live acts (there is always frenzied speculation about the ‘Big Names’ to appear in the months leading up to New Year, which almost always turns out to be entirely untrue…) and DJs take to the mammoth stage that is erected for the event, and everybody proceeds to drink, dance, and make very merry indeed.

As the clock strikes 12, the sky erupts in an explosion of sound and colour as fireworks are set off over the water, and its time for the traditional frenzy of kissing and hugging anybody and everybody in vague proximity. Hint, if you want an excuse to kiss some attractive Brazilans, make a point of standing close to them as the clock nears 12…

The DJs and live bands continue into the wee small hours, and revellers are well advised to bring along a good supply of drinks to see them through the night. As well as saving a good deal of money, you’ll avoid spending hours queuing up for overpriced cocktails.

Get booking now and prepare for the party of a lifetime!

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