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Celebrate Carnival in the city that owns it: Rio de Janeiro

Celebrate Carnival in the city that owns it: Rio de Janeiro
Lizard floats take the runway during Carnival at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro. (Paul Shio/DQMPR)

Explore Rio de Janeiro at the height of the Carnival season on a five-day Brazilian excursion offered by JourneYou.

The tour capitalizes on the city's over-the-top costumes, parades and street parties that take over before the Catholic season of Lent begins. The celebrations run from Feb. 24 to 28 this year.

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Carnival runs from Feb. 24 to 28 this year.
Carnival runs from Feb. 24 to 28 this year. (Paul Shio/DQMPR)
Spectators watch the elaborate costumes of animals, birds and other fantastic creations.
Spectators watch the elaborate costumes of animals, birds and other fantastic creations. (Paul Shio/DQMPR)

Tour participants will attend the Samba School Parade at Rio's Sambodrome, where dance schools compete against each other throughout the night. This samba stadium is where the main Carnival events are held.

The highlight of Carnival in Rio is the Samba Parade, with a mix of floats, dancers and eye-popping colors.
The highlight of Carnival in Rio is the Samba Parade, with a mix of floats, dancers and eye-popping colors. (Paul Shio/DQMPR)

On the tour, you'll also take a half-day tour of Corcovado Mountain to see Rio's landmark Christ the Redeemer statue, and take another tour by cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain.

Mega-snails make their way along the Carnival parade route in Rio.
Mega-snails make their way along the Carnival parade route in Rio. (Paul Shio/DQMPR)
In addition to Carnival, the JourneYou tour takes you to Rio landmarks, like its famed beaches and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
In addition to Carnival, the JourneYou tour takes you to Rio landmarks, like its famed beaches and the Christ the Redeemer statue. (Paul Shio/DQMPR)

Dates: Tour begins Feb. 24.

Price: From $1,150 per person, double occupancy, if booked by Dec. 30. Availabilty may be limited. Includes accommodations and meals per the itinerary, entrance to the Rio Carnival, transfers and English-speaking guides. International airfare not included.

Info: JourneYou

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