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Itinerary & Activities

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Itinerary map of Rio Carnival (Start Rio de Janeiro, end Rio de Janeiro) 2017

Day 1 Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Bem-vindo (welcome) to Rio de Janeiro! It’s time to get this carnival started in South America’s most vibrant city. Lying on the Atlantic coast, Rio is renowned for its beautiful beaches & its equally beautiful people (& incredibly small bikinis!). Combine this with a fun-loving culture that’s second to none, sprinkled with some, samba, soccer, capoeira & of course caipirinhas – you are going to have an unforgettable week in this amazing city. Check-in to your hotel this afternoon, then head out to explore or start preparing the bodies before the big event ignites. Why not take a visit to the overwhelming shopping opportunities at Rio do Sul mall, or grab a towel & sunblock & head down to the beach for a relaxing day or people watching. Familiarize yourself with the city as you stroll through the trendy neighborhoods of Ipanema, Leblon & Copacabana. This afternoon, meet up with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies before going local. In the evening it’s time to feast on Brazilian cuisine as we head out to dinner. Then it’s time to head out into the pumping city vibes! Impromptu parties throughout the city & the clubs will be packed & are perfect but be sure to speak to your Tour Manager for some expert tips on where’s best to head to make sure you know where to go.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Ready to tick off one of the 7 New Wonder of the World? Today will kick off with a visit to perhaps South America’s biggest icon – the Christ the Redeemer statue. Standing at an impressive 30m high (that’s 98ft) this religious monument casts an almighty shadow over the city below, and will be a moment you won’t be forgetting any time soon. Next opt to view the other side of Rio with a favela tour as you start to get to know this energetic city.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro/Carnival Parade

Chilling in preparation for the big parade tonight is one option. But when given the option of climbing the 1,299ft of Sugarloaf Mountain by glass-panelled cable car is there really much of a decision to be made? And if that isn’t enough, we’ve also got hang gliding up for grabs to dial up the day even further. But what's that noise in the distance? Damn right it's the Carnival kicking into full gear. The Sambadrome Parade is luring us back, so be prepared to put on your biggest party pants and dance from dawn till dusk until the festivities end...

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro

Time to relax, recap and enjoy the beach, after the previous night we know that you need to rejuvenate the body & take it easy - so it’s free time to explore, get a bit of shut eye or some Vitamin D. Once you awaken, you could head down to the beach & chill out until sunset, or opt for one of our optional activities if you’re up for it, before, no doubt, heading back out for a night of partying with the ‘Cariocas’ as the locals are known. This afternoon you can opt to visit Corcovado Mountain & the Christ the Redeemer statue within the Tijuca Forest National Park. Considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the iconic Christ the Redeemer is a 130ft (40m) statue of concrete & soapstone, built to represent the city & in fact the country’s Catholic beliefs. From its base you‘ll get up close to the beautiful art-deco details of the statue, but experience the impressive vistas of the entire city. The options are limitless, so speak to your Tour Manager if you’re after some ideas about what to get up to. Some ideas include heading to a soccer (football) game (if available), maybe a favela party where you can party until sunrise, or the endless bars, clubs & street parties throughout the city.

Day 5 Depart Rio de Janeiro

Your Carnival experience ends after breakfast, where it’s time to say goodbye to Rio & swap addresses with your new travel buddies.

Things to Know

Preparing For Your Trip
  • Make Sure to Bring All of Your Important Documents: Passport, Foreign visa (if applicable), Itinerary, Trip confirmation, Airline ticket, Drivers license, Credit cards, Travel documents.

  • Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) can provide you their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

  • Are You Taking Any Prescriptions or Other Medications? Pack enough to last your entire trip, including some extra in case you are unexpectedly delayed.

  • Insurance: Purchase travel insurance to cover yourself against unexpected situations. You never know when something might happen, so always be prepared.
While Traveling
  • Keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave your belongings unattended in public spaces

  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
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