Lonely Planet Writer

Rio accommodation bookings near capacity ahead of Carnival

Angel float at the Carnival in Rio.
Angel float at the Carnival in Rio. Image by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo / CC BY 2.0

Hotel beds for this year’s Carnival festivities are booking fast according to the Brazilian Hotel Industry Association in Rio de Janeiro.  A survey conducted from January 13 to 18, exactly one month before Carnival kicks off, revealed that 60.76 percent of all hotel beds in the city were already booked, and that figure is expected to rise to 67.02 percent. Hostels are being booked at an even faster rate – 82 percent of all hostel beds in the city have already been claimed. The city of Rio is expecting five million participants for this year’s celebrations, one million of which will be visitors. Read more: riotimesonline.com