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Rio Carnival Extension

5 Days FROM AUD 3,590



Experience Carnival, an event that is an intrinsic part of the identity of Rio. Watch as it comes alive like no other time of the year as the sounds of Samba and vibrant colours begin to overwhelm the streets. 

Rio Carnival has become world-famous through the Samba Parade, a show, a competition, and an incredible display put on by the Brazilian samba dance schools. Carnival, the famous Brazilian festival, will take place between the 17th February 2023 and the 22nd of February 2023 (approximately). During the festival, there is a huge contest among the samba schools. These samba communities all have their own distinguishing, colourful, costumes and will parade at the "Sambodromo" where people can either watch from the grandstands or, if planned well enough ahead, even dress up and participate in the parade themselves. This festival has become known as one of the greatest parties in the world. Each samba school's parade takes around 90 minutes and there is only one winner. Each night the parade starts around 8:00 PM and continues until 6:00 AM the next morning.

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per the itinerary. Each night you will stay in your selected standard of accommodation (standard, superior or deluxe), handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: BRTSRCP

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Brazil

Flights: Ask us about booking your Internal flights with your International flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more information. 


  • Experience the incredible cultural infusion of the Carnival, an event that is an intrinsic part of the identity of Rio. 

  • You will experience Rio come alive like no other time of the year as the sounds of Samba and vibrant colors begin to overwhelm the streets. 

  • You will visit the iconic sights of the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Hill as well as Sugarloaf Mountain, with its breathtaking views across the city, you will enjoy a traditional Brazilian BBQ as part of your City Tour.

  • This itinerary is perfect for combining other beautiful parts of Rio, such as a trip to the roaring cascades of Iguazu or the mysterious and incredibly bio-diverse Brazilian Amazon. 


On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Please note this service is with a driver only. Please note, once you arrival at your hotel you will receive a welcome pack, which will provide you with all the useful information you will need about your trip in Brazil.

Arrival Transfer in Rio de Janeiro

Known as the ''Cidade Maravilhosa'', or Marvellous City, Rio never fails to amaze with its sandy beaches, carefree lifestyle and unparalleled natural beauty. As the capital of Brazil until 1960, Rio is today one of the most culturally and economically prominent cities in the country, receiving more tourists than any other part of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro

After departing from the hotel, the tour takes a scenic drive from Copacabana beach, continuing along Botafogo beach and passing the Palácio Guanabara, official residence of the State´s Governor, on the way to Corcovado Hill (704m), and the greatest national icon – The Christ Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro. Here, you will have time to enjoy panoramic views of Rio and appreciate the giant statue, which was recently named as one of the seven new wonders of the world. From here, the tour continues to the district of Urca and the world-famous Sugar Loaf, where you will board the first cable car to the top of Urca Hill (215m), which offers spectacular views of Guanabara Bay. A second cable car will take you on to the Sugar Loaf (395m), giving you a chance to take in the spectacular 360-degree views of the city and surrounds. Upon descending from the Sugarloaf, we pass through the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema en route to a traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a local Churrascaria (lunch is included - all beverages are at your own expense).
Following lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium (Bellini´s statue and Hall of Fame. Entry into the stadium is not included) and a stop at the Sambadrome. While in the city’s historic downtown area, you will have a chance to see the Duque de Caxias Palace, Itamaraty Palace, Tiradentes Square and Lapa Arches, followed by a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral. From here the tour will also make a quick stop to visit the Selaron Stairs, an amazing urban work of art by the late Jorge Selaron.
Returning to the hotel along Aterro do Flamengo, we pass by the Monument to the Fallen in World War II and the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo.
Lunch and all entrance fees (for Corcovado & Sugarloaf) are included.

Corcovado & Sugarloaf with Lunch

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the Sambadrome, the venue for the Parade. This is a shuttle service that includes a pick up from your hotel and drop off safely within the gates of the Sambadrome within 2 blocks of the entrance to the sector booked.
On completion of the Parade, please make your way to the pick up location for the shuttle service back to your hotel.

Return transfers to Sambadrome

The highlight of Rio Carnival is undoubtedly the Rio Carnival Parade called the Samba Parade or Samba Schools Parade, a totally unique event in the world.
The Rio Samba Parade is the review of a fierce competition between the Rio samba schools. The judges and spectators watch the principal parades in the Sambodromo which was especially built for this event.
The Samba Parade is something everybody should experience at least once in their life. Mingle with the crowds and join the Brazilians and Cariocas (the people of Rio) in the world’s biggest party.

Samba Parade

Famed for its breathtaking setting, Rio is undoubtedly one of the most attractive cities in the world. Enjoy your day at leisure by exploring some of its remarkable sites or take the opportunity to relax on one of Rio’s famous beaches such as Ipanema or Copacabana.

Rio de Janeiro - Free Day

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination




  • Extend your Rio experience and explore the Pantanal the world's largest wetlands area. Explore these unsurpassed waters through the comfort of a beautiful ecolodge, and experience the world’s densest flora and fauna ecosystem. Find out more.


  • Amend your Rio itinerary to include the incredible and awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls. Situated in two UNESCO World Heritage-designated National Parks these amazing falls completely dwarf Niagara Falls. Witness one of the most incredible displays of cascading water the world could produce. Find out more.

  • Experience the mysteries of the Brazilian Amazon. This 5-day Amazon cruise will lead you on a deep and mysterious forest exploration. An incredible ecosystem, you will be on the lookout monkeys, three-toed sloths and even Collared Anteaters amongst gargantuan and stunning vines and trees. Find out more.

Pricing per person & date


Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service

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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Other meals where stated
    Return shuttles from Sambadrome
    Carnival Maine Parade-Grandstand Section 9 ticket
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary


    International and internal flights not indicated
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 1 (easy adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please contact us to check the availability of hotels during Carnival Period.  Pricing is subject to change based on the hotel category and availability. 

    Please note Rio Carnival bookings have strict booking conditions and are non-refundable, contact us for more details.

    Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.



  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking.


We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


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We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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