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New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

5 days

Summary

New Year’s Eve (Reveillon) is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most important celebrations, second only to Carnival in popularity. Contours Travel New Year’s Eve package includes 3 nights’ accommodation a few steps away from Copacabana beach, ideal location for New Year’s celebrations, City tour and Corcovado, a visit to Tijuca Forest and Jeep tour of Favela. As many as 2 million people from all over the world travel to Rio for this spectacular event. Starting at 8pm there is live music shows and traditional Brazilian music and dance along Copacabana beach. You will see Brazilians wearing white on New Year’s Eve to bring them good luck for the following year. As a tribute to Yemanja the goddess of the sea, flowers are thrown into the see throughout the evening by locals.

Highlights

  • Celebrate like Cariocas do and embrace this new year in style.
  • Enjoy and relax under the Brazilian sun at Copacabana & Ipanema beaches.
  • As the clock strikes midnight, hundreds of fireworks explode into a rainbow of colours in the sky whilst onlookers watch in awe from the waters edge.
  • Stay at spectacular and famous Copacabana beach where the epicentre of the action.
  • Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
  • Explore Brazilian culture and eat like a carioca at a local churrascaria.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Arrive at airport in Rio de Janeiro where a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel a few steps from famous Copacabana beach.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

Morning:
This Morning you will visit one of the most famous icons of Rio de Janeiro, the breathtaking “Christ the Redeemer” statue soars 700 m high above the city, creating an unforgettable backdrop to Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular mountainous landscape. Being one of the seven wonders of the world, the Christ the Redeemer Statue is a must-see landmark for anyone visiting Rio the city, offering an incredible view over the city. Located in the Tijuca National Park and standing 30 m tall, this is one of the world’s largest statues of Christ. Unveiled for the first time in 1931, it was completely restored in 2010.

You will take a train ride through the forest in this swiss built train is already a wonderful experience itself and you get rewarded with beautiful views of the lagoon. Have lunch in Rios finest at the heart of Copacabana, a typical churrascaria that it is known for their quality and diverse selection of their meats are very good and they also serve fish and seafood.

Afternoon:
You will visit one of the symbols of Rio. The Sugar Loaf is a highlight and the visit will take you on a beautiful ride up to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain on two cable cars: the first going to Urca Hill and the second up to the top of Sugar Loaf at 396 m. Already the ride uphill unfolds amazing scenery with breathtaking views. Its name was given in the 16th century by the Portuguese during the hey days of sugar cane trade in Brazil. According to historians, blocks of sugar were made in conical moulds of clay to be transported on ships. The shape given by these moulds was similar to the peak, hence the name.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro

Today, you will have the day at leisure to enjoy wonderful Rio and get ready to have a magical New Years celebration.
The importance of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro should never be underestimated. The city’s 90 km of beaches are an integral part of Rio’s lifestyle, some of which – such as Copacabana and Ipanema – are world famous. Rio de Janeiro is unique in having beaches which run through its very heart. Wherever you are in the city, you are never too far from the beach.
No-one celebrates the New Year like the Cariocas (people from Rio de Janeiro). This unique event blends Afro cults – Macumba and Candomblé – with fireworks and music into an all-night party that keeps Copacabana vibrating till the next day. People, mostly dressed in white, coming from the four corners of the world, bid farewell to the year that is ending and toast the arrival of the new year. People from all social classes, side by side, everyone together, in peace. Groups of devotees all dressed in white, move across the sand to prepare their offerings, mainly candles and flowers to the sea-goddess Lemanja. The public at large regardless of religion or race take part in this celebration, tossing flowers into the waves, bearing their wishes for the year ahead.

Day 4 Rio de Janeiro

Have a day to relax and enjoy the beaches of Rio.

Day 5 Rio de Janeiro

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.

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