Gay Rio Carnaval

February 5-10, 2016
6 days from $3999*

Optional add-on available to Paraty, Brazil

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With an add-on to the colonial town of Paraty February 10-13, 2016.

Or, check out our pre trip to Iguacu Falls and Buenos Aires, February January 29 to February 4, 2016.

Rio's Carnival (spelled Carnaval in Portuguese) is perhaps the world's most famous celebration. Carnival is a spectacular time to come to Rio de Janeiro, especially for gay travelers! There are several gay festivals including one in front of our hotel, and people joke that everyone seems a little gay during carnival!

Experience the unmatched beauty and charm of this famous city, as well as its friendly, captivating people, known as Cariocas. Located between the mountains and sea, Rio de Janeiro is a tropical urban resort that offers delicious cuisine, terrific shopping, and stunning scenery. The beaches are loaded with eye candy as far as the eye can see, and the night scene explodes with some of the best venues and music in the world.

During Carnival, in addition to gay pool parties and large dance events, you can also join street festivals and parades all over the city; and there is an attitude of good will and harmony that pervades everything.

This trip combines the perfect hotel, exclusive Zoom events, Zoom Concierge services, plus plenty of free time to give you a vacation that is fabulous, fun, safe, and customized to your specific interests. Let Zoom Vacations® treat you to the vacation of your dreams in stunning Rio de Janeiro! This trip is escorted by Zoom Vacations® owners, Joel Cabrera and Bryan Herb.

View our "home movie" from a past Zoom Vacations® carnival trip.

View more pictures from prior trips to Rio for Carnaval with Zoom Vacations®

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Package Highlights:

• A welcome cocktail reception and sumptuous Brazilian dinner

• A helicopter tour of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, with a fantastic buffet lunch with unbeatable views

• Zoom Natural Wonder Cruise. Sail along the Harbor of Rio a.k.a. Guanabara Bay (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) aboard our privately chartered Zoom schooner. We will enjoy lunch and cocktails during our aquatic journey.

• 5 nights twin share Accommodations at the Ipanema Plaza Hotel, the newest luxury hotel in Rio, just a half block from Rio's gay beach (located in Ipanema).

• A hearty Brazilian Buffet Breakfast daily

• All transfers to Zoom Vacations® events

• Services of a Zoom Vacations® Concierge throughout the trip

• Rio de Janeiro gay survival guide, complete with information on nightlife, restaurants, beaches, shopping, and much more

• Optional Sambadrome (Sambodromo) tickets. We can even arrange for you to dance in costume in the parade--an amazing experience you will never forget!

• Optional excursions such as hang-gliding, Favela tour, Tijuca Forest, Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, and Samba party tickets

• Advance ticket purchase options for the best dance events of the week, exclusively for Zoom Vacations® travelers

• All this and more . . . Exclusively for Zoom Vacations® travelers

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Luxury Accommodations:

• Ipanema Plaza Hotel. This 4 star property is the closest hotel to the gay beach, and is truly the hot spot for the week!

Hotel Amenities:

Business Center
24 Hour Front Desk
Hairdryers Available
Room Service
Safe Deposit Box
Fitness Center
Laundry/Valet Services
AM/FM Alarm Clock Modem Lines in Room
Free Newspaper
Television with Cable

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Air: Airfare not included.

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two blank pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting.

Visas: Please note that currently US citizens must have a Brazilian Visa to enter Brazil. If you are not a US citizen, please contact your nearest Brazilian Consulate to determine your visa requirements.

While Zoom Vacations will assist when possible, please note that passport, visa, and vaccination requirements vary from country to country and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. If you are a US resident, you may click here for more information on passport, visa, and vaccination requirements for various countries.

*Land only Introductory rate, based on double occupancy. Prices are subject to change. Need a roommate? Zoom Vacations® is happy to match you with someone, at no additional charge. Or, you may pay a single supplement and go as a single.

Please read Terms and Conditions prior to booking.

Watch our Zoom Vacations® Rio Carnaval Video

Zoom Vacations®' gay group tousr to Rio for Carnaval give our travelers the most incredible experience in Rio de Janeiro. Events unique to Zoom Vacations®, plus front row seats at the Sambadromo and tickets to the best party in town made this an amazing experience we will never forget. Our future trips to Rio for New Years and Carnaval promise to be equally extraordinary.

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Paraty Add-on Trip
The Colonial Jewel of Brazil

February 10-13, 2016
3 nights from $1499, including transportation*

View photos from prior trips
to Paraty

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Paraty is a small gay-friendly colonial town on the west coast between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. With beautiful beaches and undisturbed nature it also boasts over 400 years of history. It was one of the most important ports of Brazil and it's name was synonymous with cachaça. Today, it is known as one of the most gay-friendly places in Brazil, largely because of its openly gay mayor!

Paraty was one of the most important towns in Brazil during the Gold Cycle. Today Paraty is a small historic town with elegant stores and many quaint hotels and inns that receive visitors from all over the world. From Paraty, one can easily get to over 65 islands, many with private beaches, swimming coves, and charming, rustic restaurants.

Paraty (para-chee) is a popular destination for European tourists but is unknown by most Americans. The old colonial homes are white-washed, embellished with intricate colored moldings. The roads are paved with river stone and cars are not allowed on the streets in the historic center. In the evenings, jazz music spills out from yellow-lit doorways, and impeccable cuisine abounds in authentic restaurants.

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Package Highlights:

Round trip transfer by luxury motorcoach (about 3.5 hours through stunning scenery) with tons of food, drinks, movies, etc.

Fabulous Boutique Accommodations in the historic city center.

Island hopping by boat among 65 scenic islands.

A fabulous lunch on a private island.

Unique dining experience with a famous Brazilian chief using local ingredients from the Brazilian Amazon. You are invited into the private home of Yara Castro Roberts, where using local ingredients, Yara demonstrates the preparation of a typical Brazilian meal.  The experience is enhanced as guests participate and share in the preparation of this incredible culinary experience. The stories, the fun and the drink flow to make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dinner, drinks, and wine included!

Optional horseback riding through the tropical rainforest, past beautiful waterfalls

Testimonials From Past Zoom Rio Vacations

All I can say about my experience with Zoom and Rio is that my friends and family are sick and tired of my stories of how wonderful everything was.  You can hear it, read it or even see pictures/video, but it will never even come close to living it...thank you for an incredible memory!

Mark, LA: Zoom Rio Vacation


Man, did I have a blast! Thanks for hanging with me and making this trip so great. I want to go again next year. I have been telling all my friends about how great Zoom Vacations® treated us and how they should take part.

Juan, Phoenix: Zoom Rio Vacation


We had a blast.  It was the best vacation I have ever taken.   I thought being in a group might be stifling or a drag-- but having 70 instant friends was awesome.  (I am very shy and find it hard to meet folks…  LOL). You do GREAT work. 


Craig, Sacramento: Zoom Rio Vacation


I sincerely want to thank you for what could possibly be the best trip of my life. I knew that I was going to like it but I never expected to be as GREAT as it was. You guys gave us the best New Years (and I'm talking also from many, many great comments that I heard from some of the other guys of our group). I'm very happy that I made the decision of going to Rio with ZOOM, and I also know that this is just the first of many vacations that I'm going to put in your hands.

Eddy, San Jose, Costa Rica: Zoom Rio Vacation


I had a wonderful time! Truly the best vacation I ever had!

Mark, Maryville, TN: Zoom Rio Vacation


I had the good fortune of meeting Joel Cabrera here in New York during PRIDE 2004 and I said that if I ever went to Brazil, which I have been dying (my hair) to do for years, that I would give him a call.  Fate stepped in and I had the best vacation ever.

Carson Kressley, New York City: Zoom Rio Vacation


Dear Joel and Bryan,

I want to thank you for a marvelous trip. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended Zoom Vacations® to numerous people. I appreciate all the hard work you put into the adventure to make it one of the most pleasurable and memorable vacations I’ve ever had. I especially enjoyed all the new friends I met.

Michael, New York City: Zoom Rio Vacation


Dear Bryan and Joel,

Please receive our thanks for arranging such a wonderful trip. In addition to making new friendships and enjoying Rio de Janeiro, you helped us make our seventh anniversary a happy occasion. We hope to see you in our travels in 2005.

Alex and Matt, New York City: Zoom Rio Vacation


Dear Zoom Vacations®,

We want to thank you for a much needed and wonderful vacation in Rio. We had an amazing time! You sure do know how to put together an incredible adventure we will remember for the rest of our lives. The itinerary of events, the friendships and the amazing men made for an experience we would recommend to everyone. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Meade, Miami: Zoom Rio Vacation


At least I still have my Brazilian tan to show for the phenomenal time that you guys provided for all of us. I can't thank you guys enough for all of the amazing care and special touches you thought of to bring 2003 to a great end and to make the new year start off in the best possible way!

Will, LA: Zoom Rio Vacation


Just wanted to say thanks for putting together such a fantastic itinerary and trip to Rio. It was truly one of the best vacations I have had in several years....the weather, the activities, and the people too...a really nice group of people came together for the trip. You guys really out did (is that a word?) yourselves on the activities. I'll definitely be giving you a glowing review to anyone who asks about my experience with your travel company.

Greg, New York City: Zoom Rio Vacation


Just a quick note to let you know how much fun we had in Brazil. THANK YOU for doing such a fantastic job for us. Your planning and the choices you made were perfect, but it was the personal touches, your warmth, and the ease with which you handled each day that really made a lasting impression with us. There had to be a lot of behind-the-scenes stress that you never showed, and that is truly amazing considering the detail involved, and the high expectations of your clientele.

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Dear Zoom Vacations®,

Thanks for organizing a great time in Rio. We both had a fun and relaxing time. We’re not the best tourists as we often like to do our own thing, at our own pace. But your organization allowed us to do just that, so thank you for making our Rio Adventure another great experience.

Steve and Greg, Wisconsin: Zoom Rio Vacation

Click here to read more testimonials on our testimonials page.


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