Once a year, the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro expend their energies at one of the world's biggest parties: the carnival. Carnival in Rio has an almost magical appeal. Images of the splendour of the exuberant carnival parades can be seen every year around the world. And no other town celebrates carnival as intensely as Rio de Janeiro.
Music is made and people are dancing throughout the street. Beautiful girls in tiny bikinis are dancing on large samba floats, accompanied by large groups of beautifully costumed dancers. Anything goes during carnival!
Carnival Associations called samba schools, begin their preparations for the big parades almost a year ahead. The music, the steps and the costumes, everything is very carefully designed and extensively practiced. The competition between the carnival associations is reminiscent of a football league, with fans who commit themselves wholeheartedly to their association. Each year during the parades, the prize for the best performance is hotly contested.
The parades of these associations take place in a street with stands and v.i.p boxes specially built up along both sides, the ‘Sambadrome’. Here the members of the samba schools, from young to old, parade themselves. To be able to participate in a carnival parade in Rio's Sambadrome is the dream of many Brazilians!
In recent years, street carnival has come back with a vengeance. There is more and more music on the streets and on the beach, usually played by bands in huge trucks full of boxes. Very slowly these bands make their way through the streets, followed by a dancing crowd. From authentic samba to the Beatles, in a Brazilian jacket or AC/DC in a samba version; there is a band on the street for every taste.
This holiday is classified as Category B
The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.
Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.
This tour of Brazil falls into Category B. It can be made by any reasonably healthy individual. Remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.
Nature of the trip
Marvel at the world’s biggest waterfalls, old colonial towns and beautiful white beaches!
The vibrant, buzzing cities, the restaurants, where you can limitlessly tuck into the most deliciously grilled steaks. The length of the country is over 5000 kilometres. You will visit the famous waterfalls of Foz do Iguacu, travel by train through tropical rainforest to the coast, and spread out your towel on golden Copacabana beach. An unforgettable adventure! In one of the most beautiful and exciting countries in South America.
We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible.Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here
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