Day 1 Rio de Janeiro Arrive at any time and settle into a dorm in a hostel in Rio's centre, located within walking distance to street parties and the metro. Meet some of your fellow G Adventures travellers.
On Day 1, upon arrival at your hotel, there will be note at the reception letting you know the time of the Welcome Meeting at which you will receive the welcome package providing a schedule, documentation/vouchers, and pick-up times for all included activities. It also will contain contact information, should you have any questions about your tour.
We have reserved 6-, 8-, and 9-bed dormitory rooms at a hostel in Santa Theresa, located within walking distance to street parties and the metro. Please note that the dorms are mixed gender but we will do our best to separate the rooms by gender for people not travelling together.
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Enjoy a city tour, visiting Rio's most iconic sites including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, the Christ the Redeemer statue, and Maracanã stadium. Enjoy a free evening to relax or search for Carnival street parties as the city gears up.
Rio de Janeiro City Tour
Day 3 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Enjoy a free day in Rio to explore the city, take optional excursions, or a favela tour. Many visitors head to the famous Copacabana beach, although the combined beaches of Ipanema and Leblon can be less crowded and are equally well garnished with vendors selling food, jewelery, sarongs, and anything else you might want. Opt to enjoy some of the Carnival street parties in the evening.
Day 4 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Take it slow today because the parade literally lasts all night. This evening between 6-7:30, transfer to the Sambodrome where we have reserved seats in section 10. G Adventures representatives will accompany you throughout the evening, and after the Parade you'll transfer back to your hotel.
Samba schools are associations of people from the same neighbourhood or community (favela) who get together on a regular basis for samba meetings and rehearsals. Samba schools provide valuable jobs to the community in the production of costumes and floats. Each year, schools choose a different theme and may take to the parade from 3,000 to 5,000 members, and 6 to 8 floats. They have to make it through the runway in a period from 60-80 minutes, which means each member will spend only about 25-30 minutes inside the Sambodrome.
Minibus (0.75-1.00 hours)
Minibus (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 5 Rio de Janeiro (1B) After an all-night samba party, relax and enjoy the sun and surf of the city. Take a book to Copacabana beach, shop along the main streets of Ipanema and Leblon, try some Brazilian beef at a churrascaria, or just sleep in and get some rest.
Day 6 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time.