Rio Carnival Video After-Movie – 2019

Our 2019 Rio Carnival Travel Group was the largest of all time! Check out the Rio Carnival Video After-Movie Video below.

TGW Party-Goers from all over the world had the absolute  time of their lives! The Opening Party was held at Rio’s Jockey Club. The group had a private VIP Backstage Section next to the main stage. The party included one of Brazil’s hottest bands – Atitude 67!  The next event was a a Masquerade Ball on top of Morro de Urca Mountain (the mountain next to Sugarloaf), the TGW Rio Carnival Group celebrated their last day with a traditional Brazilian Barbecue that went from 3 in the afternoon until the next morning at the Urca Yacht Club!  We are all about taking our clients to the best Carnival events and most importantly to 100% UPSCALE, LOCAL EVENTS, which equals NO CHEESY TOURIST TRAPS! At all of the events, our TGW Crew got to enjoy their own VIP Areas and we were with them each step of the way with our Bi-Lingual Guides/Hosts making sure everyone had an incredible time as well as getting home safe! The 2019 Samba Parade, which was on the Sunday & Monday of Carnival, was extremely entertaining with the winner being Mangueira Samba School. Keep in mind that if you don’t want any of the parties, you can substitute them for Section 9 of the Carnival Parade, which is the best section!

We can customize our Rio Carnival Travel Packages to exactly what you want and we also personalize the packages based on your age and preferences. For Rio Carnival 2020, the Dates are February 21 – 26, 2020! If you are leaving from the US or Europe, you would need to fly out on the 20th.

What’s included in our Rio Carnival Travel Package:

  • Round Trip Airfare to Rio de Janeiro
  • 5 Nights Rio Hotel  Accommodation
  • Carnival Opening Party (Friday of Carnival)
  • 2 Exclusive Private Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parties
  • Tables/VIP Sections at all parties (if applicable)
  • Drinks nightly*
  • Company Guides/Local Staff at all venues
  • Transportation to events
  • Half-Day City Tour of  Christ Statue Rio 
  • 24 Hour On-Location Staff
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet
  • Airport Transfers in/out of Rio Airport
  • All Taxes & Fees

* Packages can be customized, as long as it is within the dates of the package ** We can provide airfare from any city in the world *** Samba Parade Tickets sold separately or can be traded in for the 2 parties & mixer, Learn More about the Samba Parade *** All Rio de Janeiro Carnival packages are 100% non refundable. *****Number of parties can be customized * 3 to 4 Drinks (often times more) are usually  included at most events. Final inclusions will be known 30 days before Carnival. Click HERE for Package FAQ’s

Brazil Visa Requirment Ends for US Citizens

The Brazil Visa Requirment for US, Canadian, Australian & Japanese Citizens wanting to travel to Brazil just got easier! Starting on June 17th, Citizens of those countries who wish to travel to Brazil—whether that’s for tourism or business—will be exempt from visas and their fees.

According to the decree, the benefit includes visitors who have valid passports traveling for leisure and business tourism, artistic or sporting activities or in exceptional situations for national interest. The initiative is valid also for tourists in transit in Brazil. The stay can last up to 90 days, extendable for the same period if it does not exceed 180 days, every 12 months, counted from the date of the first entry in the Country. If the time limit is exceeded, the visitor will be illegal and subject to measures of the Brazilian government.

The Brazilian Government is doing this to increase Tourism to the country. According to the WTO (World Trade Organization), countries that facilitate the visa process see an increase in tourism of about 25%. A year ago, Brazil implemented an Electronic Visa for the same 4 countries and there was a 35% increase in Visa Emissions based on the more traditional version where citizens needed to make an appointment at the closest consulate to their residence (sometimes in other states), fill out an application, personally go to the consulate and pay fees of up to US$160.

According to Arturo Perchemlian, TGW Travel Group President, sales for Rio Carnival 2019 increased by 35% vs. 2018. “This past year Rio Carnival started at the beginning of March. We were still making sales in January and February of this year, which was unheard of a year ago, due to the lengthy visa process and cost. The Electronic Visa facilitated this as it only took about 2 to 4 business days to get a visa and the cost was only US$44. With the Visa Waiver, we see our sales to Brazil only increasing. This is definitely a big deal and incredible news for the Brazilian Tourism Industry”, Perchemlian Added.

Keep in mind that if you are traveling to Brazil before June 17th, you still need to get a Brazil Electronic Visa.

Copa America 2019 Schedule

The 46th edition of the Copa America will be held in Brazil this summer (June 14 – July 07) and some of the world’s best players are set to compete for South American Glory! Stars such as Neymar, Lionel Messi (hopefully), Alexis Sanchez , James Rodriguez, & Luis Suarez (among many more) will most likely be representing their countries. The draw has finally happened so now you know where your team will be playing so it’s time to book your package with TGW Travel Group!

Copa America 2019 Schedule:

Group A:  Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia & Peru
Cities Played: Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador & Belo Horizonte

copa america 2019 calendar - group a

Group B: Argentina, Colombia, Qatar & Paraguay
Cities Played: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre

copa america 2019 schedule - group b

Group C: Uruguay, Ecuador, Japan & Chile
Cities Played: Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro

copa america 2019 schedule - group c

Knockout Stage:

copa america 2019 schedule - knockout stage

TGW Travel Group will be offering Copa America 2019 Packages inclusive of airfare, accommodation, tours, transfers and entertainment.  At the moment, we will NOT be offering Copa America 2019 tickets, but can provide you with everything else. You can purchase tickets for Copa America HERE.

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“The services were great! Excellent communications at all times of day with the guides, and the parties were spot on. Only additional thing I would have liked to have done were maybe some extreme sports like skydiving, hang-gliding, or something of that nature. But given the events which I did participate in, I don’t know I would even have been in good shape for any extreme sports lol! Thanks to all the TGW crew for their support.” – TGW Travel Group Reviews –  Miciah H.

 

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“TGW is an amazing company and made our trip to Brazil amazing. Art was fantastic and extremely helpful every step of the way. We will be using TGW for our next vacation. Thanks so much TGW team!” – TGW Travel Group Reviews –  Miciah H.

 

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“I had a great time visiting Colombia with the group. Jennifer and Diego were great guides and did an incredible job of showing us around the place and having a good time. Loved it.” – TGW Travel Group Reviews – Clifton W.

 

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Rio New Years Events 2019/2020

Rio de Janeiro has always been considered one of the best New Year’s Eve destinations in the world. Besides it being the middle of summer and Rio’s incredible beaches, the main attraction is the festive Cariocas (people from Rio). They are warm and friendly and all about a great party. Rio New Years is the place to be and they’ll make sure you feel welcome and have the time of your life!

If you are looking to party during New Year’s Eve, we have come up with a list of the top events for the end of the year in Rio. The main attraction is the fireworks on Copacabana Beach, which is a free event, but it does get extremely crowded. If you aren’t into huge crowds and want to ring in the New Year at an upscale event, we recommend the Rio New Years parties below. Also, for nights besides New Year’s Eve, we can provide you with our Rio VIP Nightlife Service to Rio’s hottest clubs and some of the events below. We should have pricing for the parties below around September or October.

Top Rio New Years Eve Parties:

  1. Pestana Rio Atlantica Rooftop Party
  2. New Year’s Eve at Sugarloaf Mountain or Morro de Urca
  3. New Year’s at the Copacabana Palace
  4. JW Marriot Rooftop New Year’s Eve
  5. Rio Reveillon @ The Jockey Club

Rio New Years Events

Pricing for all parties is NOW AVAILABLE! Based on past years these events have been the Rio New Year’s Events that we recommend.

Pestana Rio Atlantica Rooftop

A great option in front of Copacabana Beach is the party at the Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel. This party offers 4 different options to choose from at different price points. It offers a party at the hotel’s ground level, another option at the hotels largest conference room with a view of Copacabana Beach on the 4th floor and a couple of options on the hotel’s rooftop, which has an amazing view and the one we recommend.

New Year’s Eve @ Sugar Loaf or Morro de Urca

The view from this party is like no other! It sits atop one of Rio de Janeiro’s top tourist attractions.The 8th edition of the party promoted by Morro da Urca Entretenimento, which takes place on the two hills connected by the cable car – Morro da Urca and Pão de Açúcar, or the Sugarloaf. Access to Sugar Loaf to attend to 396 feet tall – with a privileged view of Copacabana Beach fireworks.

ALL INCLUSIVE FOOD AND DRINKS as well as entertainment

New Year’s at the Copacabana Palace

One of, if not the most upscale party in Rio is the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Copacabana Palace. The main party for Rio New Years will be held in three halls: Nobre, Golden and Front. There will be live music, dinner buffet and drinks scheme already included in the price. The tables will be shared in numbers of 10 and 12 places. Guests can watch the fireworks from the Great Hall.

The hotel also offers dinner options in three restaurants in the building: Cipriani, Pergola & Mee. The first will be tasting menu with beverages included. There will be a presentation with live piano. But the restaurant Pergola will have DJ and buffet with drinks, served from 8pm. The guests from all restaurants will attend the balcony of fireworks on the terrace above the Pergola restaurant.

JW Marriot Rooftop Copacabana New Year’s Eve:

If you are looking for a cool rooftop party right in front of the Copacabana New Year’s Fireworks another option a great option is the JW Marriot’s Rooftop NYE Party. There are many hotels with rooftops, but we chose this one because it should have a good mix of locals and tourists. Guests are welcomed to the Moonlounge Rooftop Bar starting at 8:00PM.

Besides the impressive view of the fireworks of Copacabana beach, the JW Marriot Rooftop New Year’s Eve party includes horderves and premium open bar premium During whole party as well as a DJ.

Rio Reveillon @ The Jockey Club

Although this party isn’t on Copacabana Beach, we consider it one of the best for Rio New Years. The venue is great, it’s an upscale local crowd and it’s an overall incredible value!

With over 3000 people expected to attend, you can watch the fireworks from one of the tourists attraction, The “Rodrigo de Freitas” lake which overlooks the Christ the Redeemer Statue.

It’s an all inclusive party that includes Food & Open Bar. We include all service fees as well as VIP tickets to events. This event has reserved numbered VIP table seats, and “first come first serve” table options available.

 

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“TGW provided an incredible, customized trip to Ecuador and Peru that took the stress out of the trip. I had used TGW before, but for a party trip during Carnival in Rio… if you haven’t done that one, do it!! Its a blast!!! But the focus of this trip to South America was different. I was bringing my teenage niece along as an early high school graduation gift, so requirements for lodging and amenities changed, as did desired activities and above all else I had to guarantee our safety. TGW knocked it out of the park on all fronts. At every step of the way we were met by knowledgeable and personable guides. Our stay in each location absolutely met our expectations. The excursions and events were perfectly aligned to minimize downtime but at no point did we ever feel rushed either. Overall, wonderful trip for both my niece and I, with great experiences that allowed us to enjoy the beautiful culture, cuisine, history, and people of Peru and Ecuador. It gave us memories that will last a life time. TGW, I wish I could give you guys a 6th star! Keep up the good work. I will certainly be back for more fun adventures with my friends at TGW. –” TGW Travel Group Reviews – Scott M.

 

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Rio Carnival Trip Video – 2018 After-Movie

Our 2018 Rio Carnival Travel Group was one one of our largest of all time! Check out the Rio Carnival Trip Video below and Click Here to get pricing and more information for next year’s Carnival!

TGW Party-Goers from all over the world had the absolute  time of their lives! The Opening Party was held at Rio’s Jockey Club. The group had a private VIP Backstage Section next to the main stage. We were literally right next to famous Brazilian artists and were able to take pictures with them back-stage.  The next event was a sunset/pool party which included a performance from one of the top Bloco Bands from Rio Carnival (Sargento Pimenta!), the TGW Rio Carnival Group celebrated their last day with a traditional Brazilian Barbecue that went from 3 in the afternoon until the next morning!  We are all about taking our clients to the best Carnival events and most importantly to 100% UPSCALE, LOCAL EVENTS, which equals NO CHEESY TOURIST TRAPS! At all of the events, our TGW Crew got to enjoy their own VIP Areas and we were with them each step of the way with our Bi-Lingual Guides/Hosts making sure everyone had an incredible time as well as getting home safe! The 2018 Samba Parade, which was on the Sunday & Monday of Carnival, was extremely entertaining with the winner being Beija Flor Samba School. Keep in mind that if you don’t want any of the parties, you can substitute them for Section 9 of the Carnival Parade, which is the best section!

We can customize our Rio Carnival Travel Packages to exactly what you want and we also personalize the packages based on your age and preferences. For Rio Carnival 2019, the Dates are March 01 – 06, 2019! If you are leaving from the US or Europe, you would need to fly out on the 28th.

What’s included in our Rio Carnival Travel Package:

  • Round Trip Airfare to Rio de Janeiro
  • 5 Nights Rio Hotel  Accommodation
  • Carnival Opening Party (Friday of Carnival)
  • 2 Exclusive Private Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parties
  • Tables/VIP Sections at all parties (if applicable)
  • Drinks nightly*
  • Company Guides/Local Staff at all venues
  • Transportation to events
  • Half-Day City Tour of  Christ Statue Rio 
  • 24 Hour On-Location Staff
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet
  • Airport Transfers in/out of Rio Airport
  • All Taxes & Fees

* Packages can be customized, as long as it is within the dates of the package ** We can provide airfare from any city in the world *** Samba Parade Tickets sold separately or can be traded in for the 2 parties & mixer, Learn More about the Samba Parade *** All Rio de Janeiro Carnival packages are 100% non refundable. *****Number of parties can be customized * 2 to 3 Drinks (often times more) are usually  included at most events. Final inclusions will be known 30 days before Carnival. Click HERE for Package FAQ’s

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Brazil E-visas are now available

Good News for Visa Applicants to Brazil: Brazil E-visas NOW AVAILABLE

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil launched effective November 25th 2017, the “Electronic Visitor Visa Program – E-VISA” (Brazil E-visas) for citizens from Australia, Canada, Japan  and the USA.    Passport holders from these countries  may apply now  for   Electronic visas and obtain them online, via the website www.vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa or through apps for mobile phones or tablets instead of having to go to their closest consulate of Brazil!

Brazilian E-visas will cost $40USD which is substantially cheaper than the traditional visa (which was  $160 for Americans and $60 for Canadians. It will have a maximum validity of two years (versus the 10 years of a traditional visa from before.) If the applicants would like a 10 year visa or to apply in person, as before, they are also allowed to do so.

This is incredible news as sometimes it could take 2 weeks to a month to get a visa, now the process takes about 3 to 4 business days. This will definitely help with people wanting to travel to Brazil last-minute as well as not going through the hassle of having to go to the closest Brazilian embassy (sometimes in other states) and going through the hassle of all of the paperwork. Brazil E-visas will also help with your pocket-book as it’s $120 less than the old visa process.

 

Cartagena Travel Guide

If you’ve been thinking about traveling to Colombia or South America for that matter, you’ve probably come across the city of Cartagena in your searches. At the moment, it’s one of the hottest destinations to travel to in South America. TGW has been offering Cartagena as one of its main destinations since 2006. We provide customized Packages to Cartagena year-round as well as for Special Events like Cartagena’s Independence in November, the National Beauty Pageant, Easter Week (Semana Santa) & New Year’s Eve. Our staff in Cartagena as well as one of the founders of TGW (that’s also Colombian) assisted in putting together this comprehensive Cartagena Travel Guide. 

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The Cartagena Travel guide touches on the following topics:

1. Dress Code, Money Matters, Weather, etc.

2. Cartagena Don’ts – The #1 thing about traveling is using common sense, so whatever you wouldn’t do back home, we recommend also not doing it on your trip. 

3. Cartagena Do’s – Besides booking your package with TGW Travel Group, we recommend walking around the walled city, visiting San Felipe Castle, Savoring the Cartagena Cuisine (recommended restaurants included), and more recommendations are in the Cartagena Travel Guide!

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Ibiza VIP Tables – Is it Worth It?

If you are looking to have the time of your life in Ibiza and are NOT on a budget, we highly recommend upgrading to VIP! Ibiza VIP Tables differ in price. There’s not a set price per club as well as per night. A club VIP manager at Pacha Ibiza (for example) can charge 400 euros for a table for 2 people for the party on Wednesday and 800 euros for the same table for the FMIF party on Thursday. Yes, the law of Supply and Demand plays a big part in Ibiza. If the party is hot, expect to pay more. We’ll get into the pricing of the VIP a bit later, right now you want to know if it’s worth paying extra.

Top Reasons to Upgrade to Ibiza VIP Tables:

  • Comfort – This is obviously the most logical reason to get VIP.
    • The VIP entrance at clubs in Ibiza has a different que than the main entrance so there is no waiting in line.
    • You have your own table so you can move around the club freely and always come back to it. Depending on the club and if it’s a larger table, you will also have a place to sit.
    • Some nights in Ibiza are EXTREMELY packed (yes, packed like sardines), so moving around the club is not easy, much less trying to get a drink. So not only is it a mission to get to the bar, but then waiting in line and trying to catch the bartender’s attention is Mission #2. In the VIP, all you have to do is call over the waiter and ask for whatever you want.
    • Bathrooms – All VIP Areas at the clubs will have a general VIP bathroom for VIP patrons. At some clubs (Amnesia for instance), some of the individual VIP areas have their own personal bathrooms.
  • Crowd
    • If you are in your 30s+, you probably want to mingle with people around the same age. People in the VIP are usually a bit older. Keep in mind that all clubs in Ibiza are 18+, so they will be packed with the crazy younger crowd on the dance floor. Even if you want to get on the dance floor, the great thing is that you always have your safe shelter in the VIP.
    • The VIP in Ibiza is not always packed with celebrities, yes, you may see them here and there, but they are full of people that can afford VIP, so the crowd is more sophisticated and affluent.
  • If you are going to Consume 5 or more drinks
    • Ibiza is not cheap and if you decide to purchase a drink, it’s going to be between 15 and 20 euros a pop. If you purchase 5 drinks that night, that’s 100 euros right there plus any drinks you purchase for friends or the cute girl you met at the bar.

 

VIP is not for everyone, but if you want to do Ibiza right, it’s worth to upgrade to Ibiza VIP Tables! The cost can range from 150 up to 500 euros per person. It all depends on the location of the table, supply and demand, the number of people in your group and who you know.

The great thing about booking with TGW Travel Group, is that our contacts in Ibiza are in the know. We deal with the VIP Managers on a weekly basis so they are able to offer better deals on VIP vs. if you walked up directly to the club on a busy night. If you are interested in VIP, we also recommend doing it ahead of time. If you wait until the night, expect to pay more or not have tables available. We also do not do any last-minute bookings.

So if you are asking yourself, is it worth to book VIP Tables in Ibiza??? Our answers is yes, and if you purchased a package with TGW, we’ll take care of all of booking all of your Ibiza VIP Tables!!!

Keep in mind that WE ONLY OFFER THIS SERVICE FOR GUESTS THAT HAVE BOOKED THEIR PACKAGES WITH TGW TRAVEL GROUP.

Rio Carnival Travel Video by TGW Travel Group

Our 2017 Rio Carnival Travel Group was one for the ages! Check out the Rio Carnival Trip Video below.

TGW Party-Goers from all over the world had the absolute  time of their lives! The TGW Mixer/Opening Party was held at Rio’s Jockey Club. The group had a private VIP Section overlooking the party. The next night only got better with a VIP Party on top of Morro de Urca Mountain (Next to the World Famous Sugarloaf Mountain) and to finalize things, the TGW Rio Carnival Group celebrated their last day with a traditional Brazilian Barbecue that went from 3 in the afternoon until the next morning!  We are all about taking our clients to the best Carnival events and most importantly to 100% UPSCALE, LOCAL EVENTS, which equals NO CHEESY TOURIST TRAPS! At all of the events, our TGW Crew got to enjoy their own VIP Areas and we were with them each step of the way with our Bi-Lingual Guides/Hosts making sure everyone had an incredible time as well as getting home safe! The 2017 Samba Parade, which was on the Sunday & Monday of Carnival, was extremely entertaining with two Co-Winners – Portela & Mocidade Samba Schools. Keep in mind that if you don’t want any of the parties, you can substitute them for Section 9 of the Carnival Parade, which is the best section!

We can customize our Rio Carnival Travel Packages to exactly what you want and we also personalize the packages based on your age and preferences. 

What’s included in our Rio Carnival Travel Package:

  • Round Trip Airfare to Rio de Janeiro
  • 5 Nights Rio Hotel  Accommodation
  • Carnival Opening Party (Friday of Carnival)
  • 2 Exclusive Private Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parties
  • Tables/VIP Sections at all parties (if applicable)
  • Drinks nightly*
  • Company Guides/Local Staff at all venues
  • Transportation to events
  • Half-Day City Tour of  Christ Statue Rio 
  • 24 Hour On-Location Staff
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet
  • Airport Transfers in/out of Rio Airport
  • All Taxes & Fees

* Packages can be customized, as long as it is within the dates of the package ** We can provide airfare from any city in the world *** Samba Parade Tickets sold separately or can be traded in for the 2 parties & mixer, Learn More about the Samba Parade *** All Rio de Janeiro Carnival packages are 100% non refundable. *****Number of parties can be customized * 2 to 3 Drinks (often times more) are usually  included at most events. Final inclusions will be known 30 days before Carnival. Click HERE for Package FAQ’s

 

Rio Carnival Street Parties Guide

The Rio Carnival Street Parties have been getting more and more popular every year. There will be close to 500 registered Rio Carnival Street Parties going on during Rio Carnival. It’s definitely a good thing to know which are the best ones to join as well as get some tips on what to expect. Our Rio Carnival Street Party Survival Guide Includes:

  • Our Top Must-See Rio Carnival Street Parties (Blocos)
  • A list of tips to Survive these crazy parties

If you have never been to Carnival in Brazil, it’s always good to either go with a travel company or have a Brazilian friend showing you the ropes. Thousands of people on the street at one time is very chaotic especially if you do not know where you are going or what’s going on. It’s also good to know which parties to go to as well as have everything planned for you.

The Rio Carnival Street Parties are only a small portion of Rio Carnival. We have put together a very cool guide with incredible tips and recommendations to have fun during the Rio Carnival Street Parties.

If you are still in the process of making your Rio de Janeiro Carnival Travel Plans,  Check out our Carnival in Rio Travel Package.

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Samba Parade Rio Carnival Guide

If you are traveling to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, the Rio Carnival Samba Parade is a CAN’T MISS! It takes place from Friday until Monday of Carnival. On the Friday & Saturday of Carnival week, Rio’s Sambadrome hosts the Access Group Samba Schools. These are minor Samba Schools and the winner of this competition gets invited to the Main Competition the following year.  Although the tickets are less expensive to assist the Rio Carnival Samba Parade during these days, we recommend attending the Main Competition (Special Group) on Sunday & Monday. If you are traveling all the way to Rio to attend Carnival, you might as well experience the Big Time Samba Schools vs. the Smaller Ones. The performances are much better and the energy in the Sambadrome is totally different. It’s kind of like attending a Pre-Season Game vs. the Playoffs or Superbowl and/or the Major Leagues vs. the Minor Leagues.

Because of our recommendations to attend the Main Competition (Special Group), this guide will only concentrate on the Samba Schools competing on the Sunday & Monday of “The Greatest Show on Earth”. The Rio Carnival Samba Schools are kind of like Football Clubs that represent different neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. They have a intense, devoted following and prepare all year with the main goal of competing and winning the Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade. Throughout the year the samba schools have various events, most important of which are rehearsals for the main event which start taking place a couple of months before Carnival. Each of the main Samba Schools spend months each year designing the theme, holding a competition for the song, building the floats, creating costumes and rehearsing. It’s an incredible production which includes over 3000 performers!

For Rio Carnival 2019, the samba schools and times are below:

Parade starts Sunday, March 03 Monday, March 04
21:15 Império Serrano São Clemente
22:20 – 22:30 Viradouro Vila Isabel
23:25 – 23:45 Grande Rio Portela
00:30 – 01:00 Salgueiro União da Ilha
01:35 – 02:15 Beija-Flor Paraíso do Tuiuti
02:40 – 03:30 Imperatriz Mangueira
03:45 – 04:45 Unidos da Tijuca Mocidade

Before attending the Rio Carnival Samba Parade, it’s a great idea to learn a little bit more about each Samba School. We have put together a great guide for each day of the Rio Carnival Samba Parade. The guide consists of a brief description of each samba school from the past carnival. If you are looking to travel another year, see all Rio Carnival Dates.

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Diana C., Washington D.C – TGW Travel Review

“Our trip to Japan and Thailand was absolutely unforgettable! My husband and I enjoyed ourselves so much! We for sure want to come back! We learned so much about the culture and food and history on this trip due to all the tours! But it was also a good amount of relaxation time! We especially loved that all of our tours in Thailand were private and that we had our own chauffeur at all times! Having the transfers to and from our hotels being taken care of for us also is a huge plus! It’s one less thing we needed to worry about. we for sure will book out CY vacation with TGW!” TGW Travel Review – Diana C., Washington D.C.

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil Carnival Costumes

A lot of people do not know this, but you can actually participate in the Rio de Janeiro Samba Parade!! To participate in the parade you must purchase a Rio Carnival costume .  The Rio Carnival Samba Schools have a limited number of space for tourists wanting to parade with them.  They are all different depending on the theme that the Samba School will be doing that year and vary greatly as far as design and cost from about $250USD up to $1,000USD or more.  Costumes tend to be expensive as they are intricately hand made and yours to keep! Parading in the Carnival in costume  is definitely one of the most exciting ways to experience the Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade and a very unique and amazing experience to check off your “bucket list!”

How it works:

The first thing you need to do is choose one of the available Brazil Carnival Costumes.   It’s always best to make your choice at least 2 to 3 months before Carnival because some Samba Schools need to know the exact size of your Rio Samba Parade Costume. Check out our Brazil Carnival Costumes options.  Can’t travel to Rio for the next carnival? Check out Rio Carnival Dates for other years.

Does Purchasing a Rio Carnival costume include parade admission?

No! It is important to note that parading in the Carnival and WATCHING the Carnival are completely separate and you must unfortunately purchase tickets to watch the actual parade even if you purchase a costume. Some people decide to parade on one day of the Carnival and watch the parade on another.

I Chose My Rio Carnival Costume, Now What?

Once you make the selection of your costume, we will provide you with a list of questions for your costume size. You do not have to do anything else – no need to attend any rehearsals, no need to know how to samba, no need to arrive early in Rio.

What do I need to do once I’m in Rio for Carnival?

Once you get to Rio de Janeiro, we will deliver the Brazil Carnival Costumes to your hotel (delivery fee is already included in price). You will need to show up to the parade at least 1.5 hours before your Samba School with the Brazil Carnival Costumes on and in good condition. There are no changing rooms or lockers there.

Parade starts Sunday, March 03 Monday, March 04
21:15 Império Serrano São Clemente
22:20 – 22:30 Viradouro Vila Isabel
23:25 – 23:45 Grande Rio Portela
00:30 – 01:00 Salgueiro União da Ilha
01:35 – 02:15 Beija-Flor Paraíso do Tuiuti
02:40 – 03:30 Imperatriz Mangueira
03:45 – 04:45 Unidos da Tijuca Mocidade

 Once I get to the Sambodromo, what do I need to do?

All samba schools meet in Avenida Presidente Vargas, which is right next to the Sambodromo at the beginning of the samba runway, near sector 1-2. You have to know the right meeting point of your school (whether it is the Sambodromo side of the odd or even-numbered sectors).

You will only have to find your wing. It will be straightforward, around 100 other people wearing the same costume like you.

You will soon form single lines which have to be kept during the parade. Follow your presidents and coordinators’ instructions. At this moment, you should try to stay next to your friends, if you wish to parade together.

After the school’s paraders come together, the school and the wings get prepared, undertake their finishing touches and soon the gates close behind: Ready for the big moment of entering the Avenue.

Your president will make sure that you wear your costume right and you will quickly learn the little steps and pace how the paraders march down the samba runway.

You can have your friends around for some of the preparation time. They can take pictures and have fun with you and could later take and keep all your unnecessary belongings. They will only have to leave at a later stage, when you pass through the gates, after which no more way in or out.

Keep in mind that once your samba school finishes, you will not be able to go into the grandstands. If you do want to check out the parade, we recommend purchasing a ticket for the other day. The Carnival Parade is either on Sunday or Monday. If your school scores among the top six, you will be able to parade once again in the Champions’ Parade the Saturday following Carnival.

Available Brazil Carnival Costumes (Examples from past Carnivals)

***For 2019, we will not be offering costumes***

Option 1: Mangueira

ALA CARCARA – PRICE: US$660/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA DEPOIS EU DIGO – PRICE: US$660/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA SERESTEIRO – PRICE: US$625/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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Option 2: Salgueiro

ALA INFASAL – PRICE: US$600/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA COM JEITO VAI – PRICE: US$625/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA PURA SIMPATIA – PRICE: US$660/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA NARCISA – PRICE: US$600/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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Option 3: Portela

ALA RAIZES DE PORTELA – PRICE: US$660/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA MACOTO – PRICE: US$740/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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ALA AMOR E PAZ – PRICE: US$660/PERSON (ALREADY INCLUDES DELIVERY FEE)

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