Carnival, by which we mean the celebrations which take place during the four days prior to Ash Wednesday, is celebrated all over the world. But the biggest party, the most over-the-top-extravaganza, the most outrageous antics: surely the festival in Rio de Janeiro stands head and shoulders above the rest. Street bands and parties, parades, fancy-dress balls, impromptu and planned concerts and gatherings spring up all over the city. The parade of Samba Schools, in the purpose-built sambodromo, is the ultimate highlight, taking place over two days, where the costumes, dancing and music of the competing schools whips the audience into a frenzy.
This good value holiday includes tickets to the parade on the Sunday as well as a guided excursion to the Christ statue on the top of Corcovado mountain and free time to enjoy the fun in the city independently. When the excitement is abruptly extinguished on Ash Wednesday you travel along the coast to the chic beach resort Búzios for a couple of days to relax and recover on a beautiful Atlantic Ocean bay.
Carnival 2017 starts 24th February. Come to Rio and join the party.