The most outrageous and spectacular festivities take place in Rio, whose world-famous Carnival and its associated musicians, dancers, floats and parades have become so large that they all take place in the purpose-built sambodrome building, with entries and seating tightly controlled and pre-allocated.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Feb

Flight from London London

11:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -4 hrs

This is good news for visitors in one sense because as long as you have good tickets, and we can ensure you will have, then you don't have to take your chances in a street side scrum. On the down side however, carnival purists might prefer a more spontaneous street party feel, but for the 'real thing' there really is no other once-in-a-lifetime experience that can beat Rio during carnival.

Be warned; hotels enforce a minimum stay of four or five nights during the Carnival period, and prices do increase substantially.

An alternative and less expensive option to the main event is the Winner's Parade, the next weekend, when the jubilant victorious samba schools strut their stuff one last time; fewer people, and you have the best of the best performing.

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On varying February dates, dependent on Easter, the entirety of Rio and most of Brazil too down tools and don their (even more skimpy than usual) party outfits.

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Where to stay

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Originally opened in 1923, this impressive property is Rio’s most traditional and luxurious hotel, and has been the go-to-place to stay for everyone from Fred Astaire to the Rolling Stones.

Fasano

Fasano

One of the slickest hotels in Rio, Fasano is situated on Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema Beach.

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ

The Santa Teresa Hotel RJ is now under the MGallery by Sofitel umbrella.

Vila D'Este

Vila D'Este

Situated on a cliff overlooking the famous Joao Fernandes Beach, this pretty little pousada is perfectly situated near the centre of town but at a privileged position with spectacular views over the bay.

Fazenda Catucaba

Fazenda Catuçaba

Fazenda Catuçaba is a 450-hectare coffee farm in a coastal mountain range, bordering a UNESCO natural reserve, and the sister property of the lovely Pousada Picinguaba.

Casas Brancas

Casas Brancas

Just a five minute walk from the centre of coastal Búzios, and overlooking the town’s bay dotted with colourful fishing boats, Casas Brancas has the best of both worlds.

Casa Turquesa

Casa Turquesa

Now this a pretty chic boutique! Casa Turquesa is a lovely B&B idyllically situated down Paraty's cobbled town streets right on the waterfront.

Mama Ruisa

Mama Ruisa

The French owners of this boutique property believe that personalized service is paramount to maximising the Brazilian experience whilst staying in Rio de Janeiro.

Pousada Picinguaba

Pousada Picinguaba

A charming hotel in an exceptional location, ideal for enjoying the surrounding nature and the local way of life.

Rio Internacional

Rio Internacional

As one of Copacabana’s top hotels, the Rio Internacional has an excellent location overlooking Copacabana beach and fantastic views over the Corcovado mountains.

Casarão Amarelo

Casarão Amarelo

A beautiful colonial-style private hire property combining hugely comfortable accommodation, a pool and a beachfront position.

Casa Paraty

Casa Paraty

An immaculately restored colonial mansion located in the heart of the colonial old town of Paraty which is entirely closed to traffic.

Hotel Spa Nau Royal

Hotel Spa Nau Royal

Think Costa Verde, think nature, sunshine and tropical bliss. However, until now there has been little opportunity to enjoy this on the beachfront of Sao Paulo. Enter Nau Royal; a beautiful design-focussed boutique property nestled between pristine beach and lush forest.

Pousada Literaria

Pousada Literaria

Occupying a restored colonial house in the cultural heart of Paraty, Pousada Literaria embodies the rich heritage of arts in the region, and is equally charming as the churches and squares that surround it.

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