Rio Carnival holiday in Brazil

Nine days is more than enough time to take in the riotous Rio Carnival, so you have opportunities to see some of the city’s key sights, too. Relax afterwards at an Atlantic beach resort.
Rio Carnival Cocorvado Mountain One night grandstand tickets in the sambodromo Búzios Optional activities include: Second night in the Sambodromo, Sugar Loaf mountain, Boat trips and snorkelling at Búzios
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Description of Rio Carnival holiday in Brazil

Get your samba shoes on, it’s time to party. Rio Carnival explodes into action every year in the week before Lent. The world-famous parade of Samba Schools packs out the enormous sambodromo, and conga lines and marching bands in the streets throughout the city. Two million people come to watch. Be one of them on this nine-day tailor-made trip. Carnival 2020 begins on 21 February.

Tickets to the carnival’s world-famous sambodromo are included in this trip. During the carnival itself, you’ll be escorted to your seats in Sector 9 of the sambodromo, to see one of it two parades. Here the top samba schools show off their skills from towering floats, in terrific costumes. It’s a party that lasts until 5am, but you’ll be transferred back to your hotel whenever you wish to call it a night.

Carnival is a great opportunity to see Rio at its most exuberant. You’ll be given free time to enjoy the city independently – perhaps you’ll take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain, or visit the botanical gardens. You’ll also get the opportunity to see Rio’s high-up highlight: the Christ the Redeemer statue above the city. A guided excursion will lead you up Corcovado Mountain for a closer look, and for great views.

The official carnival celebrations finish on Ash Wednesday, but this doesn’t mean your holiday has to end. This trip includes a couple of days at Búzios, a chic beach resort east of Rio in a pretty bay. Swap samba for sandy beaches and a bit of rest and recuperation before flying back from Rio.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We realise that travel and tourism can benefit as well as harm the environment, the economy and the social and cultural structures of communities. The concept of sustainable tourism - the travel trade’s principles of using tourism to benefit local communities, conserve natural resources, and bolster the survival of cultural heritage – lies close to our heart. Our love and passion for Latin America encourages us to do everything in our power to protect the destinations we take you to. As members of AITO, we are committed to AITO’s Sustainable Tourism Guidelines, which means that we ensure that environmental and cultural demands are kept as low as possible.

Furthermore, we’ve developed strong relationships with local suppliers who all share our vision and agree to uphold a commitment to the safekeeping of the environment and local communities. We will always encourage you to keep a few basic things in mind, including refilling your water bottle, disposing of rubbish in a responsible way and switching off the lights and air-conditioning in your hotel room when you’re leaving your room. Furthermore, we’ve partnered up with Water to Go in hope to reduce plastic waste by offering clients 50% discount on filtered water bottles.

During your holiday, you will enjoy an excursion to the Tijuca rainforest in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s largest urban forests. The National Park is dedicated to protecting the forest and you will therefore be asked to keep to a few simple guidelines, all with the aim of conserving and protecting the flora and fauna of the park. Furthermore, you will also spend a few nights in Buzios, where there are several nature reserves that are home to a large variety of exotic plants and animals, including the last golden tamarind monkeys of the region.


We pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America which connect travellers with the people whose country they visit. This holiday is a great opportunity to get involved in arguably the most important and iconic festival in Brazil. See the local community preparing for the carnival parades, join in the numerous street parties and watch the parades from the grandstand with a good elevated view over the parades. You are welcome to stay all night and party with the community.

In addition, the local guides are on hand to provide advice on the best way to communicate with the local community, what and what not to buy, as well as acting in a respectful way while taking photographs. Furthermore, we as a company promote the use of local establishments including restaurants, bars and shops and are always happy to recommend a few tried-and-tested options.

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