By Stephen Eisenhammer, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With 2012 Carnival just days away, Rio is awash with tourists, arriving to experience what is widely deemed the greatest street party on earth. The city is full of adventuring travelers skimming their guidebooks and scratching their heads, but among the ubiquitous sound of English, French and German, is the increasing patter of Brazilian Portuguese.

The dramatic rise of domestic tourism, which has more than doubled since 2004 according to the Ministry of Tourism, is one of the clearest effects of Brazil’s Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here