The most festive New Year‘s Celebration in the world happens in Rio de Janeiro. It attracts an astonishing two million people each year. The heady mix of tradition and the pulsating festivities transform the day to a one-in-a-life-time experience. It is more than dance and more than music and not piety alone. The people are infused with an electric spirit to harbinger a new order of life. The magnificent view of the floating candles in honor of Iemanjá, the Goddess of Water, the splendid fireworks display on the Copacabana beach, the white clothes and the great samba propel the joy of life. The celebrations seem to be now more than symbolic – they mirror Brazil’s determination and resolve for a new world.

The city is in the peak of summer and high season and it is in a non-stop party mode. Hotel rates are a bit higher, and planning ahead makes a lot of sense. Air-tickets or your favorite hotel may sell out if you leave for last minute. While in town make some time to visit the attractions, enjoy the city lifestyle. Rio is a big city, try to stay at least four or five days to get the full picture.

Cultural attractions, parks, historical areas, beaches, adventure, nature… there’s a lot of all of this, and the people. Cariocas are known for their hospitality, and the city is used to mega-events. Rio hosted the Olympic games this year and the World Cup in 2014.