Preparation for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
Brazil's Carnival is less than a week away, but preparations have been underway for months now. Samba schools start rehearsing almost immediately after carnival ends, to be prepared for the following year's event.
Dance routines aren't the only preparations taking place in Rio. Plastic surgeons are busier than ever prepping local women for the big show. Click here to read the story of one Samba dancer / model / recent-celeb who has achieved fame by flaunting her silicon stuff to the crowds of Carnival attendees.
Health officials are also busy in an effort to distribute nearly 20 million condoms by Carnival's Grand Finale on Ash Wednesday.
If cosmetic surgery tourism isn't your thing, there are plenty of activities taking place that you should not miss this week in Rio. The Roda Gigante (giant ferris wheel) has been set up at Post 6 on Copacabana beach, courtesy of the Skoll beer company. You can enjoy outstanding views of the Bay while taking in a DJ show on the beach below. If it's culture you're seeking, the Paço Imperial, a former palace of Portuguese Royalty, is displaying The Image of the Sound of Samba, where works of art inspired by samba songs are shown along with the lyrics and headphones to hear the music.