Rio de Janeiro’s Stunning Carnival parade Guide

Rio de Janeiro’s Stunning Carnival parade Guide

Every February, people from all over the world converge on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, joining Brazilians in what many would call the greatest party on planet earth: Carnival.

For nearly a week, the city is overtaken by the espirito de Carnival, which consumes tourists and locals alike. Boundaries which ordinarily divide people –  country, culture, language – begin to blur, giving way to one big blob of humanity dancing to the same samba beat, or batucada, as they say in Brazil.

Carnival – The Most Magical Show on Earth

Sure, watching it all happen on TV is nice, but nothing compares to living the Carnival experience: feeling your heart beat to the rhythm of the drums; dancing to the sound of samba music filling the streets; being one of hundreds of thousands of people singing age-old Brazilian songs until the break of dawn. It’s simply unforgettable.


As Escolas de Samba – The Cornerstone of Carnival

Samba schools are at the heart of Carnival. Each school, comprised of residents from Rio’s oldest and most traditional neighborhoods – Vila Isabel, Portela, Mangueira, Salgueiro, Beija-Flor, and Tijuca, to name a few – has a story they tell through their performance, a narrative which they feel is central to their neighborhood’s identity; and in their attempt to tell their history, the communities create elaborate costumes, floats and dances, all in hopes of being crowned kings and queens of Carnival.

O Sambadrome – Niemeyer’s Masterpiece

The Sambodromo is a unique walkway specially designed by world renowned architect, Oscar Niemeyer, to house the parade of Samba Schools. Each Carnival season, the Sambadrome is filled to capacity (appx. 72,500). For five straight days, music and dance fill this enormous coliseum, making sounds of celebration which can be heard from miles away.


A História – Where did Carnival come from?

History tells us that Carnival began as a festival to honor the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. The Romans later adopted a similar festival. In both festivals, it was a day where masters and slaves would trade clothes and all would celebrate with drinking and festivities.

The celebration was then modified by the Roman Catholics, setting the tone for today's Carnival as a party preceding Ash Wednesday. Since then, the celebration has evolved into much more than the church could have ever imagined: music, floats, dancing and drinking abound!

How did Carnival begin in Brazil?

In the early years of Carnival in Brazil, the party was very unorganized. Carnival would often become violent. In fact, it was called “entrudo” by the Portuguese. People would dump liquid on and throw food at each other, which would result in series of street brawls around the city.

In the 1800’s, the celebration began to evolve. The celebration included organized parades and parties. Even the Emperor (yes, that’s right. Believe it or not, Brazil used to have an Emperor: Don Pedro I), along with various groups of aristocrats, would join in on the parades, lining the streets with masks and costumes, all the while luxurious music was playing in the background.

Think Mardi Gras, but bigger – much, much bigger.

It wasn’t until 1932 that the first samba school tournament took place. From then on, more and more people became involved, and, in 1984, the Sambadrome was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, and became the formal location for the competition.

Brazilians didn’t just create The Carnival.

Brazilians created The Best Carnival.

Carnival transforms Rio into the biggest street party on earth. Hundreds of blocos de samba are spread throughout the city, and entertain those celebrating day and night.

There is fun for everyone – young and old, rich or poor.  All the way from private luxury parties, like the one at Hotel Belmond Copacabana Palace which hosts an infamous ball (celebrities abound), to more modest parties.

Millions of People in Rio’s Streets

The street parades that run throughout the city are unimaginably huge. Just imagine. Go on. Take a minute, sit down and imagine: One million people following a group of Samba musicians all over the city, up and down the beach, in and out of the cobblestone streets which wind through the city.

A complete guide for a lifetime experience at Rio’s Carnival   


Understanding Rio’s Festival Parade

O Samba – The Music of the People

Samba, the music of the Brazilian people, lies at the very heart of Carnival. It represents more than a culture or a tradition. In Brazil, Samba is a way of life.

Historically, it originated with the lower class Afro-Brazilian community, and it’s very essence is an expression of that culture – os morros, the people of the slums. But over the years, Samba music became more and more popular, eventually incorporating all of the cultures in the country – African, Portuguese and Indigenous.

Don’t forget: before the costumes, before the crowds, before the drinking, even before the dancing – there is Samba.

Each Carnival School has their own unique Samba. This “Secret Samba” is not known to anyone until just two months before Carnival.

Two months before the festivities begin, each school releases a CD, ensuring everyone has the chance to learn their Samba.

Come Carnival, everyone and their mother wants to be able to sing along to the songs at the Sambadrome; and take it from Mister Brazil, it makes a huge difference when the crowd sings along. The atmosphere is simply electric!

The Parade – Entre na fila!

Every Samba school member has a specific role to play. Planning is crucial. Precision is key. Each wing is choreographed to perfection. Months are spent in preparation and mobilizing community support.

Each school is divided into sections called, “Alas”, with each containing a hundred or so members enacting the same fantasia, all in line with the school’s specific story.

The Front Committee is composed of the most skilled artists who are the first to catch the judges’ attention. Each ala has a president, which ensures that the quality of the costumes, and their sales.

The master of ceremonies and flag bearer each have special roles in the school, and are famous for their magnificent dancing skills, which never fail to win over the crowd.

The dancers, a group of 15-20 dancers, dance samba with impressive and frantic footsteps all the way. While schools are busy parading and spectators enjoying all the fun, the judges will analyze all to select a champion. But when it’s all said and done, each and every school is a champion in the eye of the crowd.

Floats are decorated according to each school’s theme. In the center of each school are the drums a group of 200-300 percussionists, that produce unspeakable energy and rhythm for the dancers (and the crowd) to move to.

At the end, the battery brings forward the figure of the Queen which beautifies and bedazzles all who behold the sight,

The Samba Schools

The Samba Schools are the center of the Carnival experience. Each samba school is unique, and each school has their own special carnival story. Every school has an elite, general adult, and kids section.

Order of the Carnival Parades for February 2017

The samba schools appear in the parade in the following order for the year of 2017. By knowing when each samba school performs, you can buy the correct carnival tickets to enjoy and cheer on your favorite carnival samba school.  

On Sunday, February 26 - 2017 we have the following schools:

Paraíso do Tuiuti

Grande Rio


Vila Isabel



Carnival Parades on Monday  February 27 - 2017

União da Ilha

São Clemente


Unidos da Tijuca



Described here are the important roles and characters of Carnival. Each person in Carnival takes on a complex set of duties that must be performed to perfection, with one goal in mind: to seamlessly bring the show to life.  

Rei Momo (King Momo)

Who in the world is King Rei Momo? Well, the name goes all the way back to Greek mythology, where "Momo", the Greek God of mockery was expelled from Mt. Olympus, and came to settle in Rio de Janeiro, the Carnival City.

Year after year, Carnival officially begins when the mayor of the city passes the key of the city to the “Rei Momo”, big fat Ole King Momo. This is one of the most important traditions of Carnival. People from all over the country and city come to watch the King Momo ceremony.

The Rei Momo, the Queen and the princess are chooses in a special ceremony where the candidates that win the competition at the city of Samba receive the title for the following carnival year and money as a prize.  

As soon as the key is handed over, the dancing and celebration begin!

A Rainha e as Princesas – The Queen and Princess

The Queen of Carnival is chosen based on criteria of beauty. Only the prettiest women in Rio get the honor of being called a Carnival Queen.

However, it’s not all about the looks, in addition to being beautiful, one must also exhibit self-confidence, sociability, ease of expression, and friendliness.

And on top of all this, they have to dance a mean Samba! The Queens truly embody the spirit of Carnival. The women who don’t quite make the cut are offered the chance of being Carnival Princesses.


This position is tough. It’s an incredible responsibility. It’s akin to a modern day Renaissance man. And the responsibility for which they are tasked is enormous. They must essentially bring School’s Carnival fantasy to life: the construction and design, choreography and costumes, all these mammoth tasks fall squarely on the Carnavalesco’s shoulders.

This person will need to be able to express the school’s story with luxury and beauty, and ensure a memorable experience for the crowd.

The Carnavalesco makes Carnival come to life!

Alas – Wings or Sections

The school is divided into several alas. Each ala dresses differently and executes different movements compared to the others. Each ala is composed of anywhere from 50 to 300 synchronized performers displaying the same story. Costumes reflect the themes of the schools.

Comissão de Frente – The Front Commission

The front commission provides a, ‘taste of what’s to come’, for each school. It's almost like a business card, giving the audience an idea of what to expect. Generally composed of about 12-15 people, this highly choreographed group sets the tone for their school’s performance.

Carnival: Up Close and Personal

O Casal Famoso: Mestre Sala e Porta-Bandeira

Carnival wouldn’t be complete without this famous couple, which stands at the front of each Samba School. Year after year, amidst cheers from the crowd, each group’s Mestre Sala e Portta-Bandeira, go forth, in front of the rest of the school, waving the flag with their School’s colors. In addition to being the most center of the show, these two performers are some of the best samba dancers in the game. They act as symbols for their school. The pride and heart of the school is expressed through their performance.


The Bahiana section is composed mostly of 80 or so older women, donning the traditional Afro-Brazilian clothing from the state of Bahia, in the Northeast of Brazil. Dressed in huge, colorful skirts, they turn from one side to the other, in unison, representing the soul of samba schools and their traditional African roots. This particular group is among the most respected, and with each passing they usually receive a resounding round of applause from the stands.

Bateria - Drums

The Bateria is the heartbeat of the entire celebration. Take it away, and the rest of the show dies. Composed of 250 - 350 percussionists, this group lends unspeakable energy and life to the parade. The Mestre (Master) of the bateria, chooses who will play in the actual Carnival, and there is an extensive competition to see who will make the cut. Through the trials continuous testing and discipline, rehearsal after rehearsal, the final group is drawn. The few. The Proud. The chosen who will produce the beat that makes Carnival so unforgettable.


During the parade, coherence and consistency are continuously assessed. Every twist, every turn, is observed by the judges above. The parade should must maintain a constant, consistent flow, yet all the while being creative and spontaneous. This requires passion, agility and stamina of each and every participant. Penalty points are applied for the slightest gap or space, for smallest trip or fall. Each school trains to give the performance of a lifetime.


Each school’s plot is central to their performance, and must be represented by all parties during the parade.  The plot literary, artistic creation, which must absorb the crowd, drawing them into a fantasy-like world. Among many other factors, the judges consider the following key: consistency, originality, realization. It should be possible to easily understand the topic and the central idea behind the performance.

Puxador de Samba (Cantor)

Normally a male role, the Puxador de Samba, also known as the lead singer, is responsible for singing each school’s unique Samba. The Puxador is always accompanied by a large group of other singers.

Rainha da Bateria

Leading the way is the Queen of the Bateria, the “Beauty of the Show”, as they say in Brazil. The queen is responsible for motivating and inspiring the army of musicians who follow along the parade.


This elite dancing corp- usually composed of about 50 dancers – is responsible for making their school’s dream into a reality. These samba dancers are always the main attraction of the school. They are chosen through an intense competition early in the year, and they never fail to win over the crowd. To be a Passista is one of the highest Carnival honors.


Each school has a number of dedicated people which ensure the consistency of the performance. This group is always identified by the use of T-shirts which represent their particular ward. Schools are punished if they take too much time preparing for the performance. Points are also withdrawn any gaps or spaces appear between the wings. Harmony is key. Without it, a school has no chance of winning the crown.

The Sambodromo: What you need to know

We at, See You in Brazil, have put together a comprehensive guide to Rio Carnival 2017, in hopes of answering any questions or concerns you may have. We want to make sure you have the time of your life, and to do so we’ve included everything you’ll ever need to know about Carnival in Rio.  And of course, if you can’t find the answer to your question in the guide, give Mister Brazil a call (803 234 0103 or email him at and he’ll do everything he can to get you where you need to be.So, if you change, change straight forward.

How do I buy the best tickets?

If you live in Rio de Janeiro, you have a much better chance to purchase cheap tickets by phone using your Brazilian social security number. If you currently live outside the country, you must purchase tickets through a licensed travel agency. Before making your final purchase, make sure double check the travel agency you’re using has valid credentials as well as official Carnival tickets. You do not want to ruin your very first Carnival experience by being ripped off. For your convenience, we included the link to our website below.  To buy tickets for the 2017 Carnival in Rio.

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I have my ticket, now what?

Photo of a person with a carnaval ticket in her neck.

Sambadrome tickets are valid for one night only. Please know that after you choose your seating, you will not be able to move to another section of the stadium.

Official tickets are double-side. On side contains the magnetic strip which is scanned upon entrance to the stadium. After entry, the opposite side of the ticket should be hung around your neck, see (picture above). Make sure to do this, as you will not be able to enter without it.

After entering the stadium, you will have the opportunity to purchase snacks or beverages.

The Best Seats at the sambadrome

Remember: There is no such thing as a bad seat in the Sambadrome. Every view is different, but all equally fantastic. Seating ranges anywhere from $100.00, depending of your preference and the amount of money you’re willing to spend.

There is no such thing as a bad seat in the Sambadrome. See this video to give you an idea where to sit to see the samba parade

Carioca’s Only, Sector 1 -  Commonly know as the, Carioca Section. This is where all people involved with the actual performance sit. Unfortunately, these amazing seats aren’t for sale.

The Grandstand, Sectors 2 - 6: Buying a ticket in this section will give you the most bang for your buck. This popular open aired, “first come, first serve” section holds a total of 11,200 people. The energy of the Brazilian people in this section is extraordinary.

The Observation Deck, Sectors 7: Tickets in this section are highly sought after. If you’re one of the lucky few who snag a seat here, you’ll sit right alongside the judges, who are keenly observing the competition below, deciding which team is worthy enough to claim the coveted Samba Crown. A stone’s throw away from the judges, drummers sit, tightly grouped together, banging drums in unison, creating the legendary, and uniquely Brazilian sound, batucada. If you sit here, you’ll have a “judge’s eye view” things; you’ll be able to watch line after line of ornately dressed Samba dancers shake and sway and swing their way to the crown. But you better hurry. These tickets don’t last long at all.

Gringolandia, Sector 9 – If you want to feel like you never left home, this is the place for you. At a higher than average price, you’ll have a great view, comfortable seats, and you might even strike up a conversation with someone from Sweden!  

Grand Tier Boxes, Sector 7:   Looking for a more luxurious view of the parade? Then look no further. The Grand Tier section is for you. Energetic, yet elegant, this section offers an upgraded viewing experience for those wishing to have an enjoyable parade experience, rain or shine. Here, you’ll be sitting right alongside Brazilian businessmen, professional athletes, and celebrities from all around the world.

Sector 10 / 11 -

Sector 12 - 13: Bringing up the rear, the final moments of the Samba parade are some of the most exciting. At this point, all of the dancers are relieved from the pressure of the judging, and are ready to dance to the end of Carnival, making every last moment count. Seated next to the iconic concrete arch of Apotheosis Square, the excitement of this section can not be matched.

One additional perk of sitting in the allotted seats (Cadeiras) are the schools gathering in an open air theater, and discard their costumes, which are picked up by tourist to wear to future parties during the festival of Rio Carnival.

Mister Brazil important tip: Sunday 26th or  Monday 27th are the best nights to watch the Carnival  Parade in Rio.


  • Important questions and answer - be a Carnival expert - ready more

Domingo & Segunda-Feira: Primetime at the Sambadrome

Sunday and Monday evenings feature only the most professional samba schools, also known as the first division - Mangueira, Beija-Flor, Portela and Salgueiro - which come together to create an electrifying show in hopes of winning the crowd, and the coveted Samba crown, of course.

Below the first division is what is referred to as, Grupo B, comprising twelve additional schools, each one vying for a place in the famed first division. Every year, two schools with the least amount of points in the first division will fall to group B, while the two schools with the highest amount of points in Group B will rise to the first division for the following year’s Carnival. It goes without saying, Competition is fierce (but because this is Brazil, it’s also fun and friendly!).

Forty judges score the schools based on various aspects of their performance, including plot, dancing skill, drum performance, and the overall harmony of the group. Each vote is counted and results are announced on Ash Wednesday.

  • The Carnival Costumes  and designs

The beautiful, ornate Carnival costumes enchant all who lay their eyes on them. Carnival participants take great pride in their costumes, some even working all year around in order to ensure they are top-notch. And the best part – locals aren’t the only ones participating in the action. Each Samba Schools in Rio offers a chance to anyone that buys the costumes to join in the festivities and walk alongside them in the parade.

Just imagine. Close your eyes and imagine: The colors – all the reds, the blues, the greens, and the yellows, the sounds – the screams and the shouts and the cheers of the crowd; the beating of the drums, age-old Brazilian music making everyone lose themselves in the moment; streams of samba dancers, one after the other, making their way through the Sambadrome. It’s Tradition. It’s History. It’s one of the most unforgettable experiences in this world, and you could be a part of it. Let us help you get there.

If you want a costume, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the best Carnival Costume designers in Rio.  See below a list of the best samba schools in Rio where you can buy your costumes and be part of the carnival parade in Rio. If you dream of doing more than just watching Carnival, here is the way to achieve and realize this dream.

If you have any questions or concerns, or do not speak Portuguese or any other situation that you can’t solve or prefer not to get involved,  just contact Mister Brazil and the SeeyouinBrazil Team at (foto- Mister Brazil ) and we’ll help you get where you want to be.

Samba Schools that sells costumes and a place in their samba parade in Rio.

1 Mangueira samba School

Site Tidinha 21 9703 97389 er by phone (21) 7853-9118 or (21) 9703-97389.

Important information: Exchange rate average is 3.30 Reais for each dollars

2-Portela Samba school

The costumes can be negotiated via email call the Rosane on (21) 98454-6172 or email Beija Flor samba school

To purchase, simply contact her by phone (21) 2791-0953 / (21) 99158-7259 / (21) 99117-9049.

3-Unidos da Tijuca (site

Call Ricardo Ribeiro, provides the information to request the purchase on your site or by phone (21) 2591-9285 / (21) 7826-8664 / (21) 9767-3850 or by e-mail: alatropical @ yahoo .com.

4-Uniao da Ilha samba school check out the school's  website

If you do not speak portuguese and need help to purchase the costumes to be able to be part of the parares d in Rio - contact See you in Brazil and Mister Brazil will be glad to help you with the whole process of buying the costumes. Email

Transportation: How do I get to the Sambadrome?

Don’t you worry. You’ll have plenty options. Let's talk about each one below:

Taxi - There are two taxi companies – Coopatur (even numbered sectors) and Coopertramo (odd numbered sectors) – authorized to get pick up/drop off passengers close to sectors 9 and 11. Keep in mind, each taxi has a maximum capacity of four people.

  • Coopatur (for even numbered sectors)- Tel: (21) 2573-1009 / 3885-1000 e

  • Coopertramo (for odd numbered sectors) - Tel: (21) 2560-2022 / 2560-1474.

Metro – The Rio de Janeiro Metro runs from Friday to Tuesday during Carnival, all day and all night. If you decide to take the metro, make sure to exit Station. From here, it’s just a 10-minute taxi ride, or a 20 minute walk to the Sambadrome. If you get lost, no worries, just ask for a local for directions. Brazilians are some of the kindest, most friendly people in the world.

Personalized Transfer from the Hotel – If you aren’t sold on either of the options listed above, simply send an email to info@seeyouinbrazil or call (803) 234-0103, and Mister Brazil we’ll book you a private transfer that will take you to and from the Sambadrome:

1- Transfers are round trip

2- The van stops at the hotel on the beach and drives to the Sambadrome area. The van will start at 6 p.m. You will receive the exact time for your hotel for your convenience.

3 - Guides speaking Portuguese and English will be available all night long to help you get to the carnival areas.

4 - If you are in Ipanema Beach, the shuttle will depart from Praia Ipanema Hotel. Our staff can walk with you on Ipanema Beach from your hotel to Praia Ipanema Hotel.

5 - On call 24/7 assistance is given by our staff members to ensure you enjoy your experience.

Returning from the Sambadrome to your Hotel in Copacabana Beach

  • to have a guide inside with you, please contact Mister Brazil for more information. It s possible, but, you have to pan extra for that.

Important Questions and answer to help you at Rio’s festivals


How do I choose a sector to best enjoy the carnival festival?

Sectors 2, 4, 6 and 8 have recently been built, have newer facilities and offer access to an area where you can listen to samba and pagodeiros playing throughout the night.
In addition, they offer the same view as the opposing sectors, the odd ones.

Is it true that only tourists (foreigners ) can buy tickets for the sector 9 ?

No.. Anyone is able to purchase tickets for section 9, or anything other section for that matter (except section 1, that is). The primary reason that most tourists chose this section over the others is for the ease of access, comfortable seating, and ticket availability.  

If I want a numbered seat, how do I reserve one?

All seats are not numbered. If you want to ensure you purchase numbered seating, you must choose Section 9. All other bleachers offer "free" seats without assigned, numbered seats, applying the principle: first come, first serve.

Is there any section tourists should avoid?

Although all sections are safe and secure, you will want to exercise caution in sectors 12 and 13, as they are at the end of the avenue. If at all possible, try to purchase tickets in sectors 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11. Buying tickets in these sections will provide you with an optimal viewing experience.

The Best of the Best: Os Camarotes

Exclusive, elegant, exceptional. These luxury boxes, or camarotes, as they call them in Brazil, are the crème de la crème of Carnival seating. In this section, the red carpet is rolled out, and all who enter receive VIP treatment: optimal parade viewing, air-conditioned seating, gourmet buffet, open bar, non-stop service.

Runner-Up: As Frisas

The Frisas, in Section 7, contain optimal views, comfortable seating, and easy access. If you aren’t exactly the red carpet type, this is your next best bet. You won’t be spotting any celebrities in this area, but you’ll have a very comfortable cushioned seat.   

Economy Class

If you’re looking to enjoy the party without breaking your bank account, make sure to purchase tickets in sectors 2, 3, 12, and 13.

Are tickets still available for Rio festivities in 2017?

Yes. If you want to attend Rio Carnival 2017, please send an email to and we would be more than happy to provide you with everything you need to ensure an unforgettable Carnival experience.  

Rio carnival Tickets Prices click Here

Once purchase, can I cancel or get a refund for my tickets?

Unfortunately, no refunds will be possible. In order to avoid this situation, we recommend you buy travel insurance to avoid any frustrations associated with unexpected circumstances.

What I can bring into the Sambadrome?

Each person is able to carry two 500 ml drink plastic bottles and two food items into the stadium. This, along with other pertinent information, is detailed on the back of the your ticket.

What do I wear to Carnival? Should I buy a costume for the festival?

Other than a smile and some comfortable shoes to dance in, you’ll to wear light and comfortable clothing during Carnival. Remember, it’s summertime in Rio de Janeiro, and temperatures can rise 100℉ during the day. Additionally, you will want to bring a light jacket/raincoat to wear, just in case of any unexpected weather. Last but not least,

Are tickets valid for all 4 nights of carnival?

No. Tickets are only valid for the chosen night. Make sure to choose wisely. Remember, Sunday and Monday nights are where the magic really happens. On these nights, the most elite samba schools go toe to toe, trying their best to dance their way into Carnival history.

When and Where can I buy my Tickets to Rio’s parade?

Each year, from November to December, various travel companies begin selling tickets for Rio Carnival. All non-Brazilian citizens must purchase their tickets from these travel companies

Although we would love to have your business, SeeyouinBrazil wants you to have an awesome Carnival experience, and experience Brazilian culture first hand. If you can’t find what you’re looking for with us, we’d be happy to try and direct you to another agency who can try to help you. Remember, this is a once in a lifetime experience. You don’t want to miss out.

What about bathrooms?

Like most English and American stadiums, bathrooms are located throughout.  Typically, the lines are not very long.

I’m thinking about buying Grandstand tickets for Carnival, which sector do you recommend?  

The whole avenue of samba measures 765 yards long, and to be honest, you’ll have a good view of the parade from any sector you decide to sit in. Of course, as previously mentioned, certain places offer better views. See You in Brazil recommend sectors 6, 7, 8 and 9. You’ll be seated side by side with the Brazilian locals, and have the rare opportunity to experience Carnival as a Brazilian. One note of warning, if you purchase tickets in this section, be ready to dance all night long!

Rio Carnival Hotels Packages

Where should I stay in Rio? Any hotel recommendations? Luxury packages?

With a variety of hotels and different neighborhood you do not know where to stay in Rio for this great festival. It depend of your hotel preference and if you want to stay close to the beach or downtown area close to Santa Teresa and Lapa.

Most people stay close to the beach, so they can party at night and enjoy the beach in the day time. The area known as, Zona Sul (South Zone) is home to the majority of Rio’s hotels. Situated right alongside the Atlantic Ocean, the neighborhoods of Copacabana, Leme, leblon and Ipanema, is prime time real estate. Santa Teresa, a UNESCO cultural heritage site, as well as Rio’s oldest neighborhood, comes in at a close second. Santa Teresa has an old school, cultural feel, and is overflowing with awesome chic, yet simple, boutique hotels, local restaurants and is only stone’s throw away from Lapa, nightlife central, home to some of Rio’s best bars and clubs.

See You in Brazil offers amazing options all over Rio, as well as “extension options”, just in case you catch the travel bug and want to see the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, or nearby Buzios. Mister Brazil is always here to help you get where you want to be.

Take it from the Local: A Carioca’s-Eye-View

Maybe you fear a lot of people, or feel uncomfortable going in a big festival like the carnival. Actually is not just a fear that can be seen in a foreign, below we have the story of a university professor that had the same fear. Take a look at his story to see tells you something.

Nerlande  Rio’s Carnival Expert Testimonial

"I do not like crowds and I do not tolerate loud music; but I've seen on TV and found it beautiful. I'm afraid of being robbed ... I was never robbed; but there should be safe. I can not stay up all night; but should be excited. I do not like samba; but it has history and culture ... Okay, I will go.

These thoughts invaded me in the 2006 carnival, before stepping for the first time in the Sambadrome, site of the parade of samba schools in Rio de Janeiro. After that, I never let go and always take a person with me  who has never been in the Carnival in Rio. And I'm proud of it.

My first experience was a mixture of fear with curiosity. I took a taxi, which left me very close to the entrance gate. Crowd was only on the outside. Some are preparing to parade, helping others, vendors of all types, others just drank, talked, had fun.

I arrived at the place very shy, thinking everything different, rustic. I started looking around and noticed that there were many young people, even children. Adults with great expectations for being great fans of the event, some fanatics for the carnival.

At the entrance I got magazines and  flags of schools to cheer. In the given material, there was information about the samba schools and the samba-plot. I found it interesting. Some things went anxiety because they told stories and raised expectations about the parade.
When the show started I liked everything. I found myself trying to sing sambas. Seeing the school on parade I yelled "is champion!" for every school. I did samba a lot, for the entire night, I should say (I tried) when the drums got closer, the heart beats fast, kind of following the samba rhythmic and it is impossible not to get involved. A mix of emotion, excitation, happiness and you feel like you belong to that group of people.   It's a lot of energy! I understood that it is a show and each school has a story along the promenade.

During the parade there are surprises with technology, creativity, lights, colors, costumes, floats, dances and lots of dancing. And no doubt, a lot of joy. It's a six-hour show of celebration of world culture through the eyes of artists of music and dance.

And there were 10 years of presence confirmed in carnival temple of Rio de Janeiro. Every year new surprises and new emotions, but with the certainty of a lot of fun and happiness explosion. So if you want to experience a multicultural night, meet me at Rio’s Carnival 2017. Until then!

Rio’s native - Professor Nerlandes

Mister Brazil Tips: You can shoot or shoot with cameras and mobiles in concentration. However, once the parade begins, it is strictly forbidden to do so.

Have the experience of your life. The carnival in Rio is a magical experience that you can not explain when it ends. Sing the song out loud, dance in any way you know and can. Have the best time of your life! Believe me, you will want to do this every year!