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Last updated on December 31st, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Learn How to Maximize Your Rio Carnival Vacation with these awesome Add-ons


Rio Carnival.

It’s known as the greatest party on earth.

Every spring, the population of Rio de Janeiro swells with the partygoers, Brazilian dancers and musicians, and out-of-towners who want to participate in the loud and colorful hedonistic celebration.

If you are considering a vacation to Rio de Janeiro to catch the Carnival parade, consider maximizing your Rio Carnival vacation with a visit to Iguassu Falls, the Brazilian Amazon, and Buenos Aires, all excellent value travel destinations in proximity to Rio de Janeiro.

Also read: Insider’s Guide to Rio Carnival.

Add on Buenos Aires, the “Paris” of the South

Consider flying into Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, before you begin your Brazil vacation. Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America, because of the influx of European pioneers who brought their cultural tastes and styles to the southern hemisphere. Here you can shop for antiques in the San Telmo market, go bike riding through the Palermo and Recoleta districts, and take a cruise along the Tigre River Delta to see the stately mansions on the outskirts of the city. Buenos Aires is also known for its excellent wine, steak, and passionate tango dancing, so make sure to catch a dinner and tango show at one of the tango houses.

Add the Amazon Rainforest

If you have time, add a trip to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, where you can spend a few days relaxing at a lodge deep in the forest, as well as hiking and enjoying the incredible wildlife. Another breathtaking South America travel destination is the Iguassu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. It straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil and is the perfect stop-off on your way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janiero.

Finish off your Brazil and Argentina vacation in Rio just in time for the Champion’s Parade. A ticket to see the Champion’s Parade in the Sambadromo is one of the best ways to visit Brazil and get the most out of your Brazil vacation. Perhaps because Brazilians are known for their free spirit, openness, and passion for dance and music, Rio de Janeiro has become a hub for Carnival festivals. The Champion’s Parade is the culminating event, where the best samba schools celebrate their achievements with a flurry of elaborate floats, feathers, percussion, skimpy costumes, and energetic dancing. One thing is for sure: you will never see anything quite like Rio Carnival.

Read more about Rio Carnival vacations.  

Also, check out our blog post How to Find Last Minute Vacation Packages to Rio Carnival.