Carnival, February 7 - 15, 2013
Carnival is undisputedly the biggest and best party in the entire world. It also happens to be the best way to experience the vibrancy, enthusiasm, and creativity of Brazil! On our Carnival tour, we’ll explore the culture and passion of economic powerhouse São Paulo, dance all night in the Sambódromo, and catch some rays on the beaches of the island city Guarujá. Maravilhoso!
Welcome to São Paulo! You will be welcomed by Founder and Tour Conductor Rigo, who will meet you at your hotel. After hours in a plane we’ll be exhausted, and day 1 will be relaxed.
São Paulo is world famous for its magnificent architecture. On day 2, we’ll explore the downtown area and check out landmark buildings like the Edifício Itália, Brazil’s tallest skyscraper Mirante do Vale, the majestic Municipal Theater and Catedral da Sé, and the Brazilian Stock Exchange BOVESPA. If you appreciate art deco construction you’ll love the Banespa Building.
In the evening… CARNIVAL! Brazilians spend all year preparing for this night, rehearsing elaborate dances, building fabulous floats, and creating the most over the top costumes. Get ready to shake it in São Paulo’s famous Sambódromo. (Don’t worry… skimpy costumes aren’t mandatory!)
After partying all night in the Sambódromo, we’ll need to sleep in. In the afternoon, we’ll peruse the Mercado Municipal, a marked packed with exotic snacks and produce. Save your appetite!
Day 4 is 100% about art, history and culture. Art lovers will enjoy a trip to the Avenida Paulista and MASP, the São Paulo Museum of Art. In the afternoon, we’ll check out Pinacoteca do Estado, which houses a wide collection of Brazilian art and iconic 19th century works. The cultural center of Sala São Paulo and the historical train station Estação da Luz provide travelers with exceptional examples of Brazilian architectural construction from the late 19th and early 18th Centuries.
We’ll dedicate day 5 to wandering around the Memórial da América Latina, a cultural project and monument designed to celebrate the political, social and economic integration of Latin America.
Let’s get something for the folks back home: on day 6, we’ll go shopping and exploring in the city.
On day 7, we’ll drive to the island city of Guarujá, a popular getaway for paulistanos (São Paulo locals). We’ll rest, splash in the pool and for dinner we’ll sample a delicious “Frutors do mar” Pizza.
What can be better than being on a boat? In the morning, we’ll tour around the island city on a classic schooner, stop in the Port of Santos, the largest port in Latin America. Later in the afternoon, we’ll get in some beach time, visiting the Praia Saco do Major, Iporanga and São Pedro e das Conchas beaches.
We’ll drive back to São Paulo and fly back to the U.S. Tchau, amigos!
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