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Rio Carnival Travel Information
To be in Rio De Janeiro for Carnival is one of the must-do travel experiences. We have extensive information on all Rio Carnival travel and tour options available. With millions of people attending the Rio Carnival festival each year, Rio De Janeiro becomes a very busy place and available accommodation and flights become hard to come by for Rio Carnival. We advise you to book as early as you possibly can.
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Rio Carnival Tours
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the Rio Carnival is to join one of the many tours on offer. We have some information on a few of the great tour operators for the Rio Carnival. The following tour operators are some of the biggest and best in the business and they will be sure to provide you with an amazing experience that is sure to cure your travel FOMO.
In 1990, Bruce Poon Tip founded G Adventures with nothing more than two credit cards and a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience like nothing the world had ever seen.
By offering adventure-craving travellers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and motorcoach tours they were accustomed to, he not only changed the way people looked at their holiday time, but changed the face of travel forever. Twenty-three years later G Adventures now provide tours in over 100 countries around the world, ranging from city breaks in Asia to expedition cruises in Antarctica. G Adventures style of travel is authentic, sustainable travel, which gets travellers off the beaten track, to the heart of a destination. G Adventures have a strong commitment to the environment and making sure money stays local. The actress Natalie Portman once did a tour with G Adventures because “she wanted to make sure the money stayed with the local people.”
G Adventures has a couple of accommodation only 6 day tours for the Rio Carnival. Accommodation for both tours is in hotels. There are two different levels of hotels available. Experience Rio's biggest party, dance the night away and see the sights and sounds of this truly epic must-see event. From the street parties to the immense Sambadrome parade, this is something not to be missed. Included in your tour is various sightseeing options and entry into the Sambadrome during the Carnival.
Fifty years ago, the Contiki story was first created when a young New Zealander embarked on a journey across Europe. He got a minibus and gathered together a group to travel with and the result was the birth of Contiki Holidays. Contiki Holidays has been travelling the world since 1962 and is the original travel company for 18-35 year olds and remains the worldwide leader in tours for 18-35 year olds, offering an unbeatable mix of sightseeing and culture in over 40 countries across 6 continents. Contiki Holidays create hassle-free vacations for like-minded people who share a passion for discovering amazing places and is trusted by travellers all over the world.
Be a part of the world’s biggest party Rio Carnival on Contiki Holidays whirlwind eye-opening 6 day adventure in Rio de Janeiro. From the white sand beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana to Sugarloaf Mountain, the outstretched arms of Christ the Redeemer and of course to the endless parties and parades of Rio Carnival itself, experience the good times in this city that never sleeps. Accommodation for this 6 day tour is in a comfortable hotel bed.
Another alternative is to spend your time at the Rio Carnival with Viator's 6-night Rio De Janeiro Carnival Package.
Experience the thrill of Rio de Janiero’s Carnival with a week of festivities that will make your head – and feet – spin! Take to the streets and the Sambadrome to watch the legendary parades from dusk until dawn, and enjoy guided tours to iconic city landmarks like Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and Guanabara Bay. With six nights in Rio, you’ll have plenty of time to bask in the lively celebrations as well as the beach, soaking up the sun and the passionate rhythms of Rio during the most eclectic celebration on Earth!
Rio Carnival Information
The Carnival (or Carnaval) in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. Think must do...Think FOMO!
The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.
Incorporated into every aspect of the Rio Carnival is dancing and music. The most famous dance of Rio Carnival is the samba, which is a Brazilian dance with African influences. The samba remains a popular dance not only at Rio Carnival but also in the villages outside of the main cities throughout Brazil. These villages keep alive the historical aspect of the dance without the influence of the western cultures.
The typical Rio Carnival parade is filled with party goers and floats from more than 200 samba schools located from all over Rio de Janeiro. A samba school is basically a large group of local neighbours that want to all participate at the Rio Carnival together. Generally they will all have some kind of regional, geographical or common background.
One of the main purposes of the Rio Carnival parade is for samba schools to compete with rival samba schools. This competition is the climax of the whole Rio Carnival festival. The samba schools build floats, costumes and create songs and themes (in Carnival terminology called “enredo”) for their entries. They also include the best music they can from their drumming band, which is called the bateria. There are many parts to each school’s entry including up to eight floats and 4,000 party goers.
The samba is the main dance of Rio Carnival, but music in general is another major aspect of all parts of Rio Carnival. Samba Carnival Instruments are an important part of Brazil and the Rio Carnival. The music of Rio Carnival contains amazing beats and rhythms, which has the crowds dancing all over the streets of Rio. The samba that is found in Rio is called batucada and the dance and music are based on percussion instruments.
As the parade is taking place in the Sambadrome and the balls are being held in the Copacabana Palace and beach, many of the Rio Carnival participants are at other locations. Street festivals are very common during the Rio Carnival. Anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals. It takes nothing to join in on the fun except to jump in and get going. One of the most well known street bands of Rio is Banda de Ipanema. Banda de Ipanema was first created in 1965 and is often considered Rio’s best street band.
Street parties take place throughout the city during Rio Carnival. There can be more than 300 street parties taking place at any given point in time. While the biggest street party takes place right outside the Sambadrome, the largest organized street dance is typically found on Cinelândia Square in Rio’s Centro. In 2012, more than 2 million revelers took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to participate in the Cordão do Bola Preta bloco. According to police estimates, more than 5 million people attended one of the street parties during Rio Carnival 2012 and there was not one reported incident of crime.
The following are the dates of the starting Saturdays. The main carnival processions take place on the Sunday and Monday evenings after these dates:
Rio Carnival tickets
In 1984 the government decided to give Rio Carnival its new home in the Sambadrome. Today, some of the biggest events of Rio Carnival are ticketed events. There are different types of Sambadrome tickets that are available for purchase. Grandstand tickets are general admissions tickets that are available on a first come-first serve basis and are not allocated ahead of time. Frisas are open air box seats located along the samba runway. Camarotes are luxury boxes situated between the frisas and the grandstands. Sector 9 is the tourist sector, which are the same as grandstand tickets, with the difference being that they are allocated so people have assigned seats.
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