10 Things to Do During Carnival in Rio de Janerio

10 Things to Do During Carnival in Rio de Janerio

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the world’s biggest party. So what makes it so special? Besides, the colours, costumes, dancing and music, it is also a truly citywide party taking place in every shape and form in every corner of Rio! There are many things to do during Carnival, but don’t get overwhelmed. We’ve listed the top 10 things to do during Carnival in Rio to make sure you make the most of the spectacular event.

 

 

1. Book Sambadrome Tickets

The Sambadrome (or Sambódromo) is the huge venue where Rio’s top samba schools compete. The parades are the most formal aspect of Carnival. There are a number of Carnival parade tickets to choose from, depending on your budget. The first two nights of Carnival see the smaller samba schools compete, while the main contender’s take to the ‘drome on Sunday and Monday. The following Saturday, you can catch the winners as the top 5 schools parade again for the Champion’s Parade.

 

 

Rio Carnival - Beija Flor Samba

2. Take Part in a Parade

You don’t just have to watch the parade – you can actually take part! Book a parade ticket with a costume, giving you the chance to dress up and show your dancing skills through the Sambadrome with one of the samba schools, alongside the members and other guests. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have great samba skills – just a big smile and good vibes!

 

 

3. Attend a Carnival Ball

For a special night during Carnival, attend one of the many Carnival Balls. There are a number to choose from, from the cheap and the infamous, to the really expensive crème de la crème, Copacabana Palace’s Magic Ball, the ball of choice for the rich and famous. Rio Scala nightclub hosts a number of balls throughout Carnival, including the famous Gay Gala Ball. Costumes are not mandatory for all the balls, but they’re so much more fun if you dress up!

 

 

Rio Carnival - Street Parade Copacabana

4. Join the Crowds at a Block Party

The most infamous part of Rio’s Carnival: the block parties, or blocos. How do they work? A carnival street band plays, usually from a truck or float, and people follow behind, joining in as they proceed along a route, dancing, drinking and having a ball. They take place all over the city, but some of the biggest happen downtown, such as Cordão do Bola Preta. Other popular blocos include Monobloco in Copacabana, Banda de Ipanema in Ipanema, and Suvaco do Cristo in Jardin Botânico. Check the Carnival Program for the time and location of each street parade. Alternatively just hit the streets – it won’t be long before you find a party!

 

 

Rio Carnival - Banda de Ipanema

5. Samba All Night at Samba Land

A big open space in Praça Onze, near the Sambadrome, Samba Land hosts a number of musicians and live concerts, as well as number of food stalls and plenty of space to dance. If you’re heading to the Sambadrome, stop off here first to get into the spirit, and if you’re not, this is a great place to catch some of the Sambadrome energy and dance the night away.

 

 

6. Party at the Lapa Arches

Arcos de Lapa in the Lapa neighbourhood is known year round for its great street parties on Friday nights, so they know how to have a good time during Carnival. You can duck into one of the many bars and clubs around here, or spill out on the streets, surrounded by delicious barbecue stands, cheap drinks and an amazing atmosphere.

 

 

7. Visit Christ the Redeemer

Use your time in Rio to visit one of the most iconic sights in the city: the giant Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Take the Cosme Velho train up, take a taxi or minibus to the top, hike, or go as part of a tour. Just make sure you pick a sunny day with no clouds to get the full experience.

 

 

8. Relax on the Beach

Once you’ve partied the night away, you’ll need some down time relaxing. And what better way to do that than on the beach? Head to one of Rio’s most popular like Copacabana and Ipanema if you want the ongoing Carnival atmosphere. Alternatively, head to one of Rio’s other great beaches to beat the crowds.

 

 

9. Escape Outside the City

For a truly relaxing break from the madness and debauchery that is Carnival, head outside the city to one of the tropical paradises, such as Búzios or Ilha Grande. Book a day tour outside of Rio and spend a day recharging, then return ready to start partying again!

 

 

10. Take a Favela Tour

Looking for an alternative experience in Rio de Janeiro? Get to know the other side of the city by venturing into the hillside favelas, where the social conditions are entirely different to the glitz of Leblon and Ipanema. Along with a guide, gain greater insight into the culture and life in the favelas, and connect with locals on an authentic favela tour.

However you spend your time in Rio during Carnival 2015, you will no doubt have an incredible time, filled with infectious samba beats, warm sun, feathers and glitter, friendly people and many a party. Excited? You should be! Get you Rio Carnival tickets now with rdj4u!

 

By: Nicole Eberhard, English Content Manager at Rdj4u

 

 

Related Pages

Related Opportunities

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Package (6 Days)

Take in the atmosphere of the world's biggest festival in Brazil on this package tour which includes accommodation and a trip to see the festival in person.

Attend a Carnival Rehearsal at a Samba School in Rio

Missing out on Carnival? Well now you can experience the spirit of carnival, even if you can't attend the actual event! Take part in a carnival rehearsal at one of Rio de Janeiro's competing samba schools and feel the excitement and contagious samba rhythms of carnival.

Rio Carnival Tour (6 days)

Be a part of the world’s biggest party Carnival on this whirlwind eye-opening 6 day adventure in Rio de Janeiro. 

Rio Carnival Experience

Enjoy the worlds biggest party - Carnival in Rio on this 6 day travel package.

Rio to Cusco (37 Days) - Brazil, Bolivia & Peru Explorer

Places visited include Rio, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Curitiba, Iguazu Falls, Pantanal, Potosi, Salar de Uyuni. La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail and Cuzco.

Rio de Janeiro to La Paz Overland Tour

An intoxicating trip through Brazil and Bolivia.

Latin American Triangle Tour, South America

6 weeks, 3 cities, 3 countries - You will participate in three separate 2 week volunteering projects in three of our project locations: Buenos Aires, Quito and Rio de Janeiro.

La Paz to Rio de Janeiro Tour

An intoxicating 25 day trip through Bolivia and Brazil.

Wonders of Brazil

From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. 

Visit a Favela in Rio

Expand your vision of Brazilian society by booking a Favela Tour. Visit the famous Rocinha favela as well as Vila Canoas and get to know another side of Rio de Janeiro and its inhabitants. This eye-opening experience is the best way to explore Brazil's cultural diversity.

Lima to Rio (46 Days) Road to Carnival Peru, Bolivia and Brazil

Visited: Lima, Inca Trail, Colca Canyon, La Paz, Salar de Uyuni, Potosi, Pantanal, Iguazu Falls, Curitiba, Paraty, Ilha Grande & Rio de Janerio.

Rio to Lima via La Paz (45 Days) - Brazil, Bolivia & Peru Explorer

Areas Visited: Rio, Ilha Grande, Paraty, Curitiba, Iguazu Falls, Pantanal, Potosi, Salar de Uyuni. La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail, Cuzco, Colca Canyon, Ballestas Islands, Lima

Rio to La Paz (25 Days) - Brazil & Bolivia Explorer

An intoxicating trip through Bolivia and Brazil.  Arrive early to enjoy the Carnival celebrations in Rio before heading south to visit some of Brazil’s most beautiful beaches.  

Rio de Janeiro Favela Day Tour

Experience a different side to life in Rio de Janeiro on a trip to one of the largest Favelas.

Rio de Janeiro to Manaus Tour

Journey north from Rio, exploring some of the most stunning beaches of Brazil.

 

 

      

 

About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017