It is high summer and the whole of Rio is building up the buzz for Carnival. Plenty of street parties almost everyday!
This year has started with an alarming rate of casualties from stray bullets, so far it has mostly been in Zona Norte were few tourists go. A higher police presence can be expected in the near future.
This time of the year the samba schools of Rio have their rehearsal parties, most of them on Friday and Saturday nights. You can also go to rehearsal parades for free; almost every Saturday and Sunday night starting at 19h30 until Carnival starts. Read more about samba schools here. This Saturday the 31st first out (around 20h) is São Clemente, next (around 21:30h) is Imperatriz. Sunday the 1st of February first out (around 19:30h) is União da Ilha, next (around 20h) is Portela, and last is Salgueiro (around 21:30h).
The local cups start on Saturday. Just follow this link: Globo Esportes and you can get the schedule.
The next one or two years traffic in the center of Rio will be complicated during rush hours, big constructions in the port area are the main reasons.
It’s January now so the city is full of street parties and other fun things to do. At this time of the year Lapa is crowded, especially on weekends. As always in big crowds here, remember there are lots of pick pocket artists and robbers so don’t bring valuables. The best nightlife guide in English is The Rio Times Nightlife Guide, just click the link.
Fruits of the week:
Pineapples, passion fruit, nectarines, water-melon and custard apples (fruta do conde) are good choices in the summer.
An interesting art exhibition in Casa Daros shows works by South American artists, the theme is illusions. It is open Wed to Saturday 11h until 19h, Sundays and holidays 11h until 18h, Mondays closed. The end date is the 8th of February 2015. Entrance is 14 R$, free on Wednesdays. Casa Daros is located on Rua General Severiano 159 in Botafogo, click here for site.
There is an exhibition of street-art in Caixa Cultural in Centro. Banksy, Jef Aerosol and Nunca are artists on exhibit. Different styles and techniques are explained. It is open Tue to Sunday 10h until 21h, the end date is the 15th of February 2015. Caixa Cultural is located on Avenida Almirante Barroso 25 in Centro.
Have a Great Week!