Once a year, Disneyland loses its tile of “Happiest Place on Earth” to Brazil. The Carnaval celebrated in February and occasionally in March attracts millions of tourists from all over the world that want to enjoy the party. Unlike what many people think, it is not only in Rio de Janeiro, as you can find parties all over the country. The most famous ones are in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Olinda.
Although Carnaval is a democratic party and you can have fun on a budget, there are also exclusive attractions that just the richest VIPs can afford. Keep scrolling if you want to find out how international celebrities and wealthy people around the world enjoy the Brazilian Carnaval.
Carnaval officially starts on a Saturday and lasts until Wednesday. While many people stay in just one of the main cities where it happens, celebrities and wealthy people organize their schedules to spend the period in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Olinda. It is a huge investment since this is the time of the year where the prices of hotels and flights are the highest. It is a privilege not having to choose and explore the three parties.
If you are not part of this selected group, the best thing you can do is to book everything with months in advance.
When we think about Rio’s Carnival, the first image that comes to our minds is from the parades. Many people don’t know, but you can be part of it, even if dancing Samba is not your strongest point. However, being part of the parade comes with a price if you want to outstand among the crowd.
If you want to stay in the ground, you can find costumes that cost from $250 up to $650. But if you’re going to seem, you need to buy a costume that costs from $1,200 up to $6,000. But that is an experience you will not forget.
Celebrities and rich people are hardly ever spotted among the crowd when they want to watch a Carnaval parade. Those selected guests stay at luxury boxes, knowns as Camarotes, private areas with several perks. The amenities include open bar, dining, massages, air conditioning, makeup, and those areas that even have exclusive concerts. There you can find starts like Neymar, Mick Jagger, Paris Hilton, and Madonna.
If you consider those A-list names, it is easy to imagine those places aren’t cheap.
We all want to have fun during Carnaval, but you also need to know where to stay. The Copacabana Palace is by far the most iconic hotel in the city and became a landmark since the ’60s, and since then, it became the favorite hotel of several celebrities. They also have one of the most iconic Carnaval balls in the city, so it is great if you can stay there.
The Carnaval in Rio also has some exclusive Carnaval balls, where the high-society meets, and it is one of the most exclusive events in the city.
This year, the hotel will also receive for the first time the Vogue Carnaval Ball, another fabulous event for the high-society that used to happen in Sao Paulo. This ball is the most fashionable event in the Brazilian Carnaval.
Salvador is another trendy city to spend the Carnaval, and one of the most favorite places for Brazilians enjoy the party days. Just like Rio, people who have money can invest in the Camarotes, and there are options for all the prices. The Camarote Salvador is the most famous one, and the sky is the limit here.
You can watch the parade from the cabin. Still, there are also multiple stages with different kinds of music, buffets with all types of food you can imagine, open bar, hairdresser, makeup artist, massages, and you can even customize your clothes there.
While the Samba Schools parades are the star of Rio’s Carnaval, In Salvador, the trios drag all the attention. Someone had the great idea to turn trucks in massive stages, and every year, the major Brazilian artists perform there, while people follow the trio. Most of them have reasonable prices if compared to the Camarotes, but of course, there is a VIP version.
As we mentioned, the peak of the hotel’s price in Brazil happens during Carnaval, and Salvador already has a reputation for its high prices. But if you are not on a budget, you can book the Sheraton, one of the best hotels in the city. Bill Clinton and Paul McCartney are among the famous guests who spent some days there.
But if you are on a budget, you can always travel with a group of friends and rent an apartment, which will make it cheaper.
Olinda is famous for its street Carnaval and non-stop parties. It can be the best option for people who want to party during this period. However, people who want to avoid the narrow streets with millions of people also have the option to book the camarotes.
Every day they bring famous musicians. They are also an open bar and open food.
Olinda is famous for its historic houses, which date back from the 19th Century. And the best part is that you can book a whole house for yourself during the Carnaval and you will be in the heart of the party. However, it doesn’t come cheap since you need to book the place for at least one week during Carnaval.