Brazil Rio Carnival 2016 Packages

On this page you’ll find out all about Carnival 2016 in marvelous Rio de Janeiro. You’ll discover the true history of Carnival, what it represents to the people of Rio, and how to join the festivities. We’ve put together a fantastic list of must-see events and exclusive package options to make your Carnival experience unforgettable. We’ve also explained where to stay and how to get around. So come check out our detailed itinerary and helpful tips, and get your party gear ready. See You In Brazil during Carnival!

Do you dream of dancing the night away on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro? Are you a fan of extravagant sequined gowns and glittery headdresses? Would you like to let loose and lose yourself in one of the world’s largest parades?

If you said yes to any of these questions, or if you just love to eat, drink, and be merry, we have the perfect trip planned for you. We’ve put together a once-in-a-lifetime, all-inclusive vacation for you to become part of Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival celebrations—up close and personal! The “Marvelous City” of Rio is the place to be for Carnival 2016.

All-Inclusive Carnival Vacation with See You In Brazil

With See You In Brazil, there are so many ways you can celebrate Carnival. We can customize your package to whatever works best for you and your travel companions, whether that’s a family-friendly cultural experience or nights that don’t end till the sun comes up.

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Booking Your Trip: Carnaval is an extremely busy time for hotels and there are a limited number of rooms available. Most people plan their trips months in advance. Book your trip with See You in Brazil today!

Where to stay

Read more about our preferred hotels for Carnival in Rio.

Carnival is an extremely busy time for hotels and there are a limited number of rooms available. Most people plan their trips months in advance. Book your trip with See You in Brazil today!

Hotel Marina Palace

Package Includes

  • 4 Nights Carnival package
  • Daily Brazilian tropical breakfast
  • Private tour to Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Airport transfers in/out
  • 24 hours See You in Brazil on call service when you are in Brazil
Deluxe Room
from $1,230
Price per person based in a double occupancy
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Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Oceanfront hotel at Copacabana Beach—Number 1 in service in Rio

Package Includes

  • 4 Nights Carnival package
  • Daily Brazilian tropical breakfast
  • Private tour to Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Airport transfers in/out
  • 24 hours See You in Brazil on call service when you are in Brazil
Room Superior
from $1,495
Oceanfront
from $1,660
Deluxe Oceanfront
from $2,120

Price per person based in a double occupancy

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Hotel Astória Copacabana

Oceanfront hotel

Package Includes

  • 4 Nights Carnival package
  • Daily Brazilian tropical breakfast
  • Private tour to Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Airport transfers in/out
  • 24 hours See You in Brazil on call service when you are in Brazil
Super Deluxe Room
from $1,070
Oceanfront
from $1,660
Deluxe Oceanfront
from $2,120
Price per person based in a double occupancy
FIRST COME FIRST SERVICE

Hotel Rio Othon Palace

Package Includes

  • 4 Nights Carnival package
  • Daily Brazilian tropical breakfast
  • Private tour to Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Airport transfers in/out
  • 24 hours See You in Brazil on call service when you are in Brazil
Superior Oceanfront
from $1,330
Deluxe Oceanfront
from $1,430
Price per person based in a double occupancy
FIRST COME FIRST SERVICE

What is Carnival?

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the largest Carnival festival in the world, and every year more than a million locals and visitors bring their high spirits and high-steppin’ to the streets in an all-out celebration of life and laughter. Carnival is 5 days of endless music, food, and revelry.

The whole city celebrates, but the regions of southern Rio and downtown (zona sul and centro) are especially active. The highlight of Carnival in Rio are the parades at the enormous Sambadrome stadium, where tens of thousands of dancers sing and strut their way down a 700 meter runway to compete for best samba performance.

For many Christians, Carnival is a time of preparation before fasting begins. For Brazilians, and especially for cariocas (inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro), Carnival is a time to live life to the fullest. It’s a time to wear colorful costumes and become someone else for a day. And it’s DEFINITELY one of the best times to book your trip to Brazil!

History of Carnival

The festival of Carnival comes from the traditional calendar of the Catholic Church, one of Brazil’s most widely-followed religions. During Carnival, revelers indulge as much as possible before the Lenten fasts begin. In Catholicism, Lent begins one day after Carnival—on Ash Wednesday—and lasts 40 days up until Easter. During Lent, many Catholics pray, fast, and give up meat and other carnal pleasures. Both Carnival and Lent are important for Catholics throughout Brazil.

In the late 1800’s, street musicians and dances were introduced to Rio’s Carnival celebration, alongside the traditions of electing a Carnival King and creating themed costumes. In the 1930’s, Rio’s unique blend of African, European, and South American heritage led to the creation of the Samba Parade. The Samba Parade is what sets Rio’s Carnival apart from any other festival in the world.

Carnival 2016 Daily Itinerary

We’ve provided a See You In Brazil guide to all of the major events happening the week of Carnival 2016. Look over this list carefully and let us know which events you want to be a part of!

Every Day (February 5, 2016 – February 9, 2016)
Every Afternoon – Street bands at Ipanema and Copacabana beaches
Every Evening – Dancing at Cinelândia
20:00 – Concerts at Samba Land
20:00 – Concerts in Lapa
23:00 – Rio Scala Ball

FRIDAY, February 5
19:00 – Opening Ceremony – The mayor of Rio crowns the Carnival King (Momo) and gives him the keys to the city
21:00 – 1st day of Preliminary Parades – 2nd League
23:00 – Black Beads Party in Rio Scala

SATURDAY, February 6
09.30 – Street Band Cordão do Bola Preta (Downtown)
16:00 – Banda de Ipanema meets at Praça General Osório, Ipanema
20:00 – Street Band Competition in Av. Rio Branco, Centro (Downtown)
21:00 – 2nd day of Preliminary Parades – 2nd League
23:00 – The Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace Hotel
23:00 – Samba School Mangueira Ball in Rio Scala

SATURDAY, February 6
09.30 – Street Band Cordão do Bola Preta (Downtown)
16:00 – Banda de Ipanema meets at Praça General Osório, Ipanema
20:00 – Street Band Competition in Av. Rio Branco, Centro (Downtown)
21:00 – 2nd day of Preliminary Parades – 2nd League
23:00 – The Magic Ball at Copacabana Palace Hotel
23:00 – Samba School Mangueira Ball in Rio Scala

MONDAY, February 8
21:00 – Parade of the Samba Schools – 1st League (the Special Group)
23:00 – Long Live the Beer Ball in Rio Scala

TUESDAY, February 9
16:00 – Banda de Ipanema marches for the last time
21:00 – Parade of the Children`s Samba Schools
23:00 – The Gay Ball in Rio Scala

Did you know?

  • Every year Rio de Janeiro hosts the largest Carnival parade in the world.
  • The 2016 Carnival season begins Friday, February 6 and lasts till Wednesday, February 10.
  • Carnival takes place right before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
  • The word carnival comes from the Latin phrase carne vale ‘farewell meat’.
  • On the first day of Carnival, one lucky guy is crowned King Momo “The Fat King”.
  • A samba school is a group of people from a single neighborhood that practice all year to perform at Carnival. They don’t officially teach samba, but if you visit one of their public performances, you are welcome to watch and learn!
  • Each samba school competes to win the grand Carnival prize at the Sambódromo (a huge avenue that is transformed in samba special area for the carnival) in Rio.

Safety at Carnival

The Sambadrome arena is very safe. Thousands of politicians and high-ranking celebrities attend the parades every year, and a perimeter fence surrounds the premises. All attendees must go through a security check before entering. Likewise, the Carnival balls and galas have extra security and police presence. As for other parts of the city, always be cautious. Locals can get rowdy! Although blocos are heavily policed, fights are not unheard of.

Safety Tips

  • Only carry a small amount of money
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe location
  • Leave accessories at your hotel
  • Travel in groups if possible
  • If you are a woman, don’t walk alone or wear a skirt

We offer numerous choices to fit your budget and traveling needs, and we provide a variety of packages for the Brazil-bound traveler.

Airfare, hotel, excursions, and Rio Carnival tickets are some of the things we can combine for your Brazil Carnival package.

3 Steps to Book your Package to Rio

Speak to a First-hand Expert

Contact us by email or phone to start planning your trip. Speak to an expert who’ll guide you towards your desired itinerary.

Refine and Secure

Your expert will plan the details and work with you until you’re satisfied with your trip. Once you’re completely happy, pay your deposit to secure your itinerary.

See you in Brazil

After you receive your confirmation documents, you’re set for your Brazil trip. Our team will be available to you 24 hours, before, during and after your trip.

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