Rio Carnival is an epic celebration that takes place Friday 9 February 2018 and ends on Wednesday 14 February 2018. Book flights, accommodation and activities well in advance, as it's one of the busiest times of the year.
Rio is well known for street crime, but as long as you keep your wits about you, you'll have a great time exploring - it's unsuspecting tourists that are targeted (so don't be one of those!). Some of our top tips would be to take licensed taxis as often as possible, stick to well lit streets, don't walk around after dark, keep your belongings close to you (on your front), don't walk around on your own, leave most of your valuables in your hostel/hotel in a safe (we know you'll want your camera with you - but try to lock everything else up), and visit favelas (slums) on a tour. It's all about being street smart, and not drawing attention to yourself by wearing fancy jewellery or clothes.