Rio Carnival in February is the largest and most celebrated festival in the world, with as many as 2 million people taking to the streets each day. Samba schools mix with floats and costumed revellers in elaborate, energetic parades, which are quite phenomenal spectacles. Rio’s Sambadrome is at the heart of the action, where we can arrange VIP tickets, but the celebrations also spill out onto the streets, with the crowds singing and dancing throughout the night for nearly a week. If the prospect of Rio Carnival is too exhausting, or your visit simply doesn’t coincide, there are similar parades across the country, from Sao Paulo to Salvador.
The Parintins Folklore Festival takes place in Parintins in June, and each nightly display is based on indigenous Amazonian culture. This is your chance to see two teams compete in their performance of an ancient ritual - the retelling of a legend about a bride and an ox - accompanied by intricate dances and boisterous song. The rhythm of the drums gets under your skin; you’ll definitely be dancing along!