Thursday 11th of February 2021 until Tuesday 16th of February 2021
Rio Carnival 2021 - 6 Days / 5 Nights - from $2440* per person (with Intrepid).
Fancy dancing samba in the street from dusk 'til dawn? There's no greater party on earth than Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, so put on your dancing shoes and join in with the spectacle of this iconic festival.
Witness the festivities reach their dizzying climax, join the conga line, move and shake among the drum-fuelled street parties and get swept up in this magic celebration of life. This is the ideal extension to any South American trip or a great standalone adventure. With a mix of festival-specific activities and iconic Carnival experiences, you don’t want to miss the party of a lifetime.
Bem-Vindos! Welcome to Brazil.
The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, it's hard not to be caught up in the passion of the city's residents (known as Cariocas).
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm, where you'll meet your local leader and the other members of your group. Please have your insurance and other details on hand to give to your leader. It's important you attend this meeting, so if you’re delayed for any reason please notify the hotel reception. After the welcome meeting, head out for an included dinner with the group to try out some of Carioca's specialties.
During Carnival, Rio pulsates to the rhythm of Samba. You won't need to be an expert Samba dancer to make the most of your time in Rio but knowing one or two Samba steps will help you blend in with the local Carioca crowds. So, tonight after dinner we’ll head to a local Samba Club for a fun initiation on this popular dance.
Today your local leader will take you on a guided tour around two of the most emblematic landmarks of Rio de Janeiro. It wouldn’t be a trip to Rio without visiting Christ the Redeemer – one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Head to Corcovado Mountain to take in the sweeping views of Rio from the 710-metre-high peak and gaze up at the iconic statue from its base.
Next, you’ll had to Sugar Loaf, another mountain that juts out over Guanabara Bay. Its name comes from the mountain’s resemblance to a traditional sugar loaf – a tall cone of refined sugar that was popular in the Caribbean and Brazil until the late 19th century.
Enjoy an evening to yourself to explore the nightlife of Rio - your local leader will have plenty of recommendations if you want to try some classic Brazilian fare like feijoada or barbeque for dinner.
This morning your leader will take you to a local bloco. Blocos are the true local expression of Carnival in Rio, simply put, they are street parties unlike any party you’ve been to before. Each bloco is themed, with DJs or bands playing all day and people of all ages and walks of life dressing up to join the party every day throughout the Carnival. Your local leader will be at hand throughout the visit to help you make the most of this experience.
Today's afternoon and evening is free for you to explore Rio at your own pace, or perhaps head to the beach for a swim.
After a free morning, you’ll head to the main event of the week – the parade in the Sambadrome. Here, the top samba schools in Brazil parade their fantastic floats and costumes and the party goes on well into the early hours of Monday morning. You'll have a prime spot in Sector 11 where you’ll get a close-up view of the parade and will be able to snap great photos of the floats and costumes.
You’ll take the metro from the hotel to the Sambadrome with your leader and the rest of the group but will have the option to either leave with the leader and group and head back to the hotel in the evening or stay later if you wish.
This morning enjoy a free morning to recover from the craziness of the Sambadrone. You may want to go for a swim at the beach or just relax at the hotel.
In the afternoon, your local leader will take you to another one of Rio’s many themed blocos, for further insight into the local culture. After this, you’re welcome to head back to the hotel with the leader, who will be able to recommend places to go for a final cold caipirinha or group dinner.
Today there is also the option to don a costume and take part in the parade itself, dancing your way down the Sambadrome runway - a once in a lifetime experience! You will travel between the hotel and the Sambadrome by Metro (tickets included) with an English speaking guide who will also accompany you during the parade.
Each Samba School has around 25 ‘alas’ or wings and each wing is telling part of the overall story or theme of the school. All the paraders in a wing are dressed in exactly the same costume, giving the blocks of colour and movement that characterise the parade. A school will have approximately 4,000 paraders in total.
You will join one of these ‘alas’ and it will take between 65 and 80 minutes to
complete the parade, including around 30-40 minutes within the Sambadrome
itself. You don’t need to be able to actually samba; rather there is a kind of jumping, bouncing way that people parade, to create the whole feeling of strength and happiness. However, you will need to have stamina and will need to put your utmost energy into your performance; this is the most important event of the year for Cariocas (the people from Rio) and you will be playing a part on the biggest stage in the world!
Your costume will be delivered to your hotel ready for the parade, and is yours to keep! You will then be accompanied by a guide to the starting point where you need to meet your alas and school about 2 hours before the parade.
Some important notes:
- You need to be physically fit to partake in the parade - it can be very hot and physically demanding.
- A ticket to enter the Sambadrome as a spectator is not included.
- You must give us your shoe and clothing size at the time of booking. Please refer to www.rio-carnival.net/costume-sizes.php for the appropriate costume sizing. It is advisable to order one shoe size larger than usual as the shoes are often very tight.
- A place in the parade can only be guaranteed if booked before 1st
Today is the final day of your Rio Carnival trip and there are no formal activities. The trip finishes after breakfast and you can check out of the hotel any time before midday.
Departs: 11 Feb 2021
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