Rio Carnival Tours
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Our Rio Carnival tours will see you travel to Brazil for the world’s largest party! During Carnival, the cariocas (Rio’s inhabitants) celebrate with samba dancing, colorful costumes, delicious food and drink, blocos street parties and masquerades. The beating heart of the Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the Sambadromo parade, where over 75,000 people gather to see samba schools strut their stuff each night.
A Rio de Janeiro Carnival tour will guide you through the highlights, taking in parties and parades as well as some of Rio’s top highlights like Sugarloaf and Corcovado. Throughout Carnival, there are multiple parties and parades, bands playing and street parties guided by drummers and singers who will encourage you to dance with them as they make their way through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. For the largest organized street dance, head to the city center. There, you will hear Brazilian music blaring and see locals draped in colorful costumes and elaborate headpieces. Rio is not the only carnival in Brazil, but it is the largest and certainly the most famous. Salvador and Olinda also have large carnival celebrations. Customize your tour of South America and include Rio Carnival Parade in a tailor-made travel package, or read on for more on trips to see Carnival in Rio.
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Brazil reopened to tourists several months ago and we’re delighted to be operating trips again.
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How to buy tickets for Rio CarnivalWe include tickets to see the parades in Rio's Sambadrome in our Rio Carnival tour packages. The Sambadrome is a specially designed stadium just for the Carnival. There are tickets available for different sectors, varying in price and how good a view you'll get of the parades. We particularly recommend tickets in sectors 7, 9 and 11. A part of a Rio Carnival tour booked through us, you'll be met at your hotel, taken to the Sambadrome, have assigned seating and get taken back to your hotel afterwards - in the early hours of the following morning. This works in the same way for the parades during the main carnival, and the winners' parade.
Rio Carnival Tour combinationsAdd Buenos Aires - Consider flying into Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, before you begin your Brazil vacation. Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America, because of the influx of European pioneers who brought their cultural tastes and styles to the southern hemisphere. Here you can shop for antiques, go bike riding, or take a cruise along the Tigre River Delta to see the stately mansions on the outskirts of the city. The city is also known for its excellent wine, steak, and passionate tango dancing, so make sure to catch a dinner and tango shows. Add the Amazon Rainforest - If you have time, add a trip to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, where you can spend a few days relaxing at a lodge deep in the forest, as well as hiking and enjoying the incredible wildlife. Add the Iguazu Falls - Another breathtaking South America travel destination is the Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. It straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil and is the perfect stop-off on your way between the two countries.
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