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Samba and Carnival Fun in Rio de Janeiro

By Viator, December 2014

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With troops of bejeweled dancers gyrating on stage, glittering floats parading through the Sambadrome exhibition hall and costumes so dazzling you’ll need your sunglasses on even at night, Rio de Janeiro’s annual carnival is without question, the biggest and boldest in the world. Up to 2 million revelers from around the world descend on the city in the week preceding Lent, as the city’s legendary Samba Schools pull out all the stops for the vibrant showcase of Rio’s Portuguese, African and Brazilian heritage.

Carnival time sees the city explode with color, as riotous parties take over the beachfront and blocos (street bands) take to the streets to perform. The atmosphere is electric but the enormous crowds can be overwhelming to first-timers so pre-booking carnival tickets and guided city tours is a good idea. A 6-Night Carnival Package in Rio de Janeiro includes visits to all the city’s major attractions, as well as the chance to view carnival preparations at the Sambadrome pre-party and get involved in the carnival fun by taking part in one of the fantastical Samba parades. You can even attend one of the lavish Carnival balls, take part in judging the Samba School Parade, or get fitted for your own glitzy carnival costume.
 
Even if you can’t make it for the carnival season, Rio’s rich samba culture is kept alive all year round and you can still experience the city’s spectacular dance troops by attending a Plataforma Samba Show, or joining the locals as they move to the beat in Lapa’s many samba nightclubs. You could even opt to help out with the pre-carnival rehearsals and costume preparations, which start as early mid-September in the famous Samba Schools.

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Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 162 Reviews

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Your entertaining evening at the Plataforma Show ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 5 hours

From USD $114.99

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Plataforma Samba Show

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamor and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Enjoy an evening at the Plataforma Show and you'll ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3-5 hours

From USD $114.99

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport

Revel in the all-night excitement of Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival (Carnaval) parade, famous throughout Brazil – and the rest of the world – for its ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Varies

From USD $189.99

5-Night Rio de Janeiro Carnival Package

Experience the thrill of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival with a week of festivities that will make your head – and feet – spin! Take to the streets and the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $2,539.99

Rio de Janeiro Nightlife Tour in Lapa Including Rio Scenarium

Listen to the iconic sounds of samba as you sip your caipirinha at two popular nightclubs in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. A local guide will accompany you to ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

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