Top Rio Carnival Tours in 2023/2024

Experience the world’s most extravagant carnival with an exhilarating Rio Carnival tour. You will be thrust in the middle of the action as millions of partygoers dance the night away in Rio de Janeiro. Witness the astonishing floats, elaborate costumes, and electrifying atmosphere that makes this carnival “The Biggest Show on Earth”.

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  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Festivals and events & Rio Carnival
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Bus & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
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Rio Carnival — Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Below are some tour highlights and tips that will help you enjoy Rio Carnival to its fullest on your next Brazil trip.

Rio Carnival Tour Highlights

  • Watch the most talented samba schools square off in an astonishing contest at the Sambadrome parade. A variety of schools compete every night of the carnival and judges throughout the venue take note of every aspect of the performances. 
  • Admire the creativity of the dazzling costumes worn by those dancing the samba. Notice the vibrant colours, decorative headpieces, and sparkling jewels on many of the most thought out designs. 
  • Join the parade to have the most authentic Rio Carnival tour experience but be prepared to showcase your samba skills. 
  • Enjoy one of the many blocos that take place throughout the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Follow the carnival street band coasting along the street and simply have an amazing time with your fellow partiers. 
  • Dance the night away at a Carnival Ball and do not forget to wear the most extravagant costume that you can devise. 
  • If you are craving more samba, skip over to Samba Land where lots of musicians keep the party going all night long. 
  • Make the trip to see Christ the Redeemer, which was recently named one of the Wonders of the World. The views from the legendary monument are breathtaking and you can witness the festivities of the carnival from above.
  • Take a break from your adventurous nights of partying by sprawling out on the shores of Rio’s famous beaches. Recharge your batteries by listening to the waves crash against the coastline and gaze at the stunning mountain scenery. 

Rio Carnival Travel Tips

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as the intense heat in Brazil can leave you susceptible to heat stroke. The temperature can soar during the daytime and the weather can still be extremely humid at night. 
  • Limit alcohol consumption during your Rio Carnival tour. Excess alcohol will leave you prone to dehydration and being intoxicated in an unknown area can put you in a risky situation. 
  • Place your valuables inside a secure bag and not in your pocket. With millions of people parading through the streets, theft is common. 
  • Prepare your costume for the festivities wisely since the weather can be excruciatingly hot. You will notice many costumes with tons of flair and intricate designs, but sometimes light and comfortable does the trick. 
  • For a more intimate Rio Carnival tour, head over to the smaller and lesser known blocos. The crowds at the more popular blocos can be overbearing and you will have just as much fun at the smaller ones. 

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