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Rio de Janeiro Carnival

By Viator, January 2016

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With five days of dazzling parades held at Rio’s iconic Sambadrome, street parties erupting all around the city and more than 500,000 visitors flying in from all around the globe, Rio de Janeiro is famous for hosting the world’s biggest, boldest and brightest carnival celebrations and there’s no experience quite like it.  

The highlight of carnival season is attending one of the spectacular night parades at the Sambadrome, which sees the city’s 14 top Samba Schools compete with ever-more impressive parades, featuring flamboyant samba dancers, glittering costumes and gigantic floats. Be sure to pre-book your carnival parade tickets, as they are sure to sell out, or opt for a five-night Rio de Janeiro Carnival package and discover the best of the city during the annual carnival.

Even if you’re not in the city for the party season, you can get a taste of Rio’s legendary carnival celebrations all year-round, with a behind-the-scenes visit to the Cidade do Samba, where the samba schools build their elaborate floats, costumes and headdresses, or watching a Carnival Rehearsal at one of the city’s top samba schools.

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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, null

Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Psst — over here. Get a good peek into Rio's Carnival on this half-day tour behind the scenes of the behemoth celebration. Travel to Cidade do Samba, where the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.99
Rio Samba School: Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Rehearsal, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours

Rio Samba School: Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Rehearsal

Can’t make it to Rio for Carnival? You can still rock the night away at a top samba school, which practices throughout the year for the legendary parade. Hit ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 to 7 hours

From USD $73.99

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