From Rolês to Blocos: Touring Carnaval in Rio’s First Favela

There is no better place to learn about Rio, its people, and its massive yearly celebration of all things Brazil than the cultural incubator that is the favela. Favelas and Carnaval are inextricably linked since the end of the 19th century.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With almost two million tourists expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro this year for Carnaval, crowds of visitors will undoubtedly flock to the Marvelous City’s classic, high-profile spots.

Though Sambadrome parades, treks up to Christ the Redeemer, and street blocks ("blocos") around the city’s downtown Centro area will dominate most itineraries, others may be interested in delving deeper into Rio’s history and discovering Carnaval’s roots.

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