33. Join the Carnival in Rio, Brazil

Ranked #33 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.


Considered the biggest street party in the world (it’s estimated that two million people per day take to the streets of the Brazilian capital during the festivities), the Rio Carnival takes place each year before Lent, during which time the city erupts into four days of colour and dancing and music and revelry.

Parties and celebrations are held on the streets, in neighbourhood squares, in bars and restaurant, all culminating in the iconic Carnival Parade, traditionally known as the Samba Parade, with its enormous, over-the-top floats and riot of feathers, sequins and skin.

And with hundreds of thousands of visitors flooding into the city to take part in all the fun, those in the know advise to book accommodation well in advance to make sure you have somewhere to lay your head when you have danced yourself to a standstill.


With over 400 street parties over five days, the carnival really is an exhilarating and exhausting event.”

– Richard i’Anson


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Before putting your feathers on, visit blog.expedia.com.au/bucket-list for more information about this most festive of festivals.

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