Rio carnival small group tour, Brazil

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2017: 24 Feb

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rio carnival small group tour, Brazil


Rio de Janeiro is at its busiest during carnival. During this short trip we aim to minimise our impact on the city and surrounding areas as much as possible. We use the metro to travel to and from the Sambadrome - reducing emissions, carbon footprint and pollution. Our other tours often use a mixture of walking and the metro for transportation.

Pre-Trip Notes: Prior to travel we send all clients a trip dossier which is a detailed set of trip notes which not only include an in depth overview of their holiday but which also give responsible travel guidelines.

On Trip Advice: Whilst on tour our local guides are on hand to provide relevant advice on how to behave in an appropriate and responsible manner including recycling practices.

Social and Environmental Projects: Our primary focus is on social rather than environmental projects as these are more prevalent in Brazil and elsewhere in South America such as the Morrinho favela project which we encourage clients to visit when on holiday in Rio de Janeiro.


During carnival we only use local guides, who have in depth knowledge of the areas we visit, therefore supporting the local economy. During this trip, visitors will be able to visit a Bloco (traditional street party) and a Samba club - both of these experiences allow visitors to experience the culture of Brazil whilst supporting these unique, local businesses.

All of our itineraries are conducted in conjunction with carefully selected local partners that have been rigorously vetted to ensure that they operate in a responsible manner. The companies we work with similarly share our belief in responsible tourism. Many of our suppliers are members of ABETA, a Brazilian organisation whose aim it is to promote sustainability within the tourism sector and to encourage more people to adhere to such beliefs.

When selecting hotels we generally look for smaller establishments that are locally owned, rather than large international chain hotels. This not only ensures that money stays within the local community but also usually provides a better experience for our clients. Smaller establishments often provide a level of service that is not often replicated in larger properties. In addition the staff and suppliers for smaller locally owned hotels are almost always from within the country concerned which retains tourist wealth. We also prefer to recommend hotels which do not negatively impact on their environment. Brazil, despite its flourishing economy, is still very much a developing country in terms of tourism, however there are a number of hotels at the forefront of sustainability projects creating environmentally low impact properties which mould into their surroundings.

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