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Carnival in South America

Best Places to Celebrate Carnival in South America

Carnival season in South America is just around the corner and with the party atmosphere running from late January to early March, there’s no better time to make the most of the warm summer months in the southern hemisphere. Also spelled Carnaval (in Portuguese), there are a number of Carnival celebrations taking place throughout South America with each country and city providing a slightly different experience yet all with the same party spirit and good energy. From Rio and Salvador de Bahia to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast…wherever you decide to spend Carnival in South America you’ll be sure to experience a noisy, energetic, vibrant, colorful and unforgettable celebration of local music, dance, culture and traditions.

Rio Sambadrome at Carnival

Don’t miss out on soaking up the Carnival atmosphere in South America / Source

Rio Carnival: The Greatest Show on Earth

The Rio Carnival is without a doubt the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ with more than 2 million people on any one day celebrating this extravagant and colorful party. With the official celebrations lasting for 5 days but the build up and after party lasting for the best part of 2-3 months, Rio’s Carnival is a once in a lifetime experience. Read more about celebrating Carnival in Rio de Janeiro…

Rio Carnival

Being at the Rio Carnival is a once in a lifetime experience / Source

Salvador de Bahia Carnival Celebrations

Salvador de Bahia in northern Brazil is the heart of the country’s Afro-Brazilian culture and there is no getting away from the African infusion and influence that is so deeply ingrained in Brazilian culture. Carnival has adopted these samba rhythms, extravagant costumes and breath-taking parades. Read more about celebrating Carnival in Salvador de Bahia…

Salvador de Bahia Carnival

Watch the Carnival parade up close in the streets of Salvador de Bahia / Source

Brazil’s Popular Carnival in Ouro Preto

Located a 5.5 hour drive north of Rio de Janeiro is the UNESCO Historic Town of Ouro Preto in the region of Minas Gerais. This is one of the fastest growing Carnival celebrations in Brazil with more and more travelers soaking up the beauty of this town before enjoying the lively atmosphere of Carnival. Read more about celebrating Carnival in Ouro Preto…

Carnival in Ouro Preto

The Carnival in Ouro Preto has become more popular in recent years / Source

 Colombia’s Incredible Carnival in Barranquilla

Outside of Brazil, there is really only one place that should be on your Carnival-radar…the Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia! Situated on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, Barranquilla offers a paradisiacal Carnival experience and an unrivaled peek into Colombia’s Caribbean culture and traditions. Barranquilla’s Carnival is regarded as one of the largest in the world, only behind Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia. Read more about celebrating Carnival in Barranquilla…

Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia

Discover the magic of Colombia’s Carnival in Barranquilla / Rewriting the Map/Emanuel Echeverri

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