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Rio de Janeiro Carnival

By Viator, January 2017

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Rio de Janeiro is gearing up for Carnival 2017, set to take place February 24–28—and visitors coming to the big event are in for a treat with five days of flashy costumes, rhythmic samba, and round-the-clock parties. With options to sit in on a behind-the-scenes samba school rehearsal or take in a Sambadrome parade from a VIP lounge, Rio serves up a big, bold celebration for Carnival.

Once you're done reveling (or when you need a break from the action), check out the rest of the city. Book a bike tour or hang gliding experience to get out in nature; try your hand at creating Brazilian cuisine at a cooking class; or visit major sites like the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Since Rio gets crowded around Carnival time, it's best to book early and consider a Viator exclusive tour to get priority access to this famous mountaintop site.

Insider Tips
  • Factor in traffic when traveling by taxi or bus during Carnival, especially to the Sambadrome. Consider going by metro instead: get off at Praça Onze and walk 15 minutes along the well-signed route to the parade area.
  • Even if you're not attending one of the Carnival balls, you can still take part in blocos, or block parties, which you'll find in neighborhoods all over the city.
  • It's summer in Brazil, which means warm weather (with an average high of 81°F or 27°C in February) and brief afternoon rainstorms, so pack and plan accordingly.

Tours & Tickets

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour, ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 231 Reviews

Be among the first visitors to gaze upon the Christ the Redeemer statue without the usual crowds on this early morning Rio de Janeiro tour — a Viator Exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 or 6 hours

From USD $59.25
Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 234 Reviews

Revel in the excitement of Rio’s Carnival year-round at a nightly Platforma show, complete with samba music and professional dancers. Enjoy prime seating and ...  Read more

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

From USD $102.00
Private Tour: Plataforma Show with Dinner in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Dinner Packages
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Private Tour: Plataforma Show with Dinner in Rio de Janeiro

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Enjoy the biggest and most traditional show of authentic Brazilian tradition in Rio de Janeiro. The Go Brazil 500 Years show displays rhythms, melodies, songs ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.99
Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Experience, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

The original hang gliding experience over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Operated by former National Champion and multi Record holder Konrad Heilmann with his team of ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $248.00
Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $62.00
Rio de Janeiro Small-Group Cooking Class, Rio de Janeiro, Day Cruises
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Rio de Janeiro Small-Group Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Take some time out of your Rio de Janeiro vacation and learn about the local Brazilian culinary scene. Located in the Centro neighborhood of Rio, this small ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99
Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Cooking Classes
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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 $49.00
Rio Samba School: Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Rehearsal, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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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 $92.00
Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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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 $334.00
Small-Group Panoramic Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Concerts & Special Events
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Small-Group Panoramic Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group, 4-hour bike tour visiting Copacabana, the celebrity cemetery, São João Batista, the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, the colored ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.30

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