NEW YEAR 2018 – REVEILLON

About This Festival

Bid farewell to the old year with style and grace on the famed sands of Rio’s Copacabana Beach. This might be the world’s largest beach party with a record 2.3 million people ringing in the 2013 New Year. The heart­stopping fireworks, tantalizing traditions and unbeatable setting of this gorgeous beach make Réveillon one of world’s most spectacular ways to celebrate “Ano Novo.”

Réveillon – The Ultimate White Party
Much like other festivals in Brazil, Réveillon is an eclectic mix of religion, tradition, superstition and festa (that’s Carioca for party). Réveillon borrows its name from the French, its religion from Africa and the local superstitions ever continue to evolve. Before the clock strikes midnight, the festival is mostly a family affair. This custom rings true for most of Latin America. Families and friends gather in the millions with food and drink,because food is love in the southern part of the world. And speaking of food and recipes, on this night pork is in and chicken is out, because our feathered friends scratch backwards without moving forward when feeding, and the first day of the New Year is all about forward motion. Backwards was so last year.Live international bands and samba line the Avenue Atlantica and it all really starts shaking around 8 p.m. But the most iconic part of the festival is the all-white dress code. White symbolizes purity, peace and renewal while appeasing Iemanjá, the goddess of the sea. With high hopes for the New Year and honoring the year behind us, white is right. Add a touch of red for romance, a dash of green for health, a few yellow flowers for wealth, a bit of blue for peace—apparently the little things don’t go unnoticed by the immortals. Just stay away from the color black, it’s considered bad luck and bad taste on this superstitious night.When the barges go “BOOM!” it’s high time to party. Réveillon is one of the festival heavyweight contenders not only with the masses of bodies but in the sheer amount of explosives that go into its more than 20-minute show. It’s one of the world’s largest fireworks displays and the barges line the whole beach so everyone has a front row seat to the pyrotechnics. If you can’t handle the crowds there are all kinds of elegant (and expensive) parties in the high-rises that line the beach. Many families celebrate with a midnight meal in the comforts of their home. All are good but you can’t beat being on the beach, front and center.
The Réveillon festival (also a common celebration in New Orleans), is rooted in the spiritual beliefs of the African religion of Candomblé. The goddess Iemanjá is the ruler and protector of the sea. When life is a beach, Iemanjá is your queen. Pay proper respects in the form of white dress and offerings of white flowers, candles, rice and perfume to the sea, all of which can be purchased from enterprising local vendors. Legend says that one might send out prayers on the water on little rafts. If they make it out to sea, Iemanjá is pleased; if they return, better luck next year. Devout Candomblé followers have moved on to other locations like Barra de Tijuca, but the tradition remains for the masses.
Seven Waves, Seven Jumps, Seven Wishes
This is our favorite Réveillon festival ritual and another to honor her majesty Iemanjá. When the fireworks have ended, just follow the crowd to the sea. Jump seven waves and with each one make a wish. Make sure you don’t look back or Iemanjá might get mad. Rio and life in Brazil are tied to the ocean, so an angry Iemanjá is the last thing you want. Low on cash? Put some reales in your right pocket and take one right-legged hop for prosperity. Looking for love? Don’t be shy, get your New Year’s rolling by not wasting any time to greet someone of the sex you’re interested in. Now you even have a great excuse: the local traditions made me do it! It’s good luck and you just might make a new friend. The masses of candles and flowers add to the romance of the evening, especially with your own wishes sent out on little boats with a candle to light the way.
If Copacabana represents the family, on the other side of Rio things take a turn for the wild. The beaches of Ipanema feature international electronic DJs with a beat­-heavy dance party that lasts deep into the night. It’s a good option to check out the fireworks at Copacabana on the Ipanema side, jump some waves, then take the hour-plus walk to Ipanema to check out the scene. It’s crowded but the people watching is fantastic, and you’ll thank us later for reminding you to wear comfortable shoes. It’s a favorite hangout for the gay and lesbian community, and the Cariocas know how to party as well as anyone, if not better.
You know you’ve had a good night when the sun is rising and you’re still out. It’s a good idea to put on the sunscreen before you go out as you may be sleeping the day away on Ipanema January 1, making your first day of the New Year one to remember


• New Year’s party on Copacabana Beach
• Total: 8 Nights Tour, with
• 3 Nights in Rio de Janeiro
• All breakfasts
• 3 dinners
• Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguazu Falls
• All transfers, taxes and entrance fees
• New Year’s party on Copacabana Beach
• English-speaking guides Sugarloaf Mountain
• Corcovado – Christ the Redeemer Statue
• Sugarloaf Mountain
• Train Ride through the Atlantic Rainforest
over the Serra do Mar
ITINERARY
Dec 26 FOZ DO IGUAÇU. Upon arrival at the Foz do Iguaçu airport, the city located on the Brazilian side of the falls, your tour guide will be waiting to pick you up and escort you to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and amenities, nestled in the subtropical forests near the Iguazu Falls. For dinner, dine on a Brazilian-style meal, included in your stay
Dec 27 IGUAZU FALLS. Today’s full-day excursion shows you the Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side, which includes the most viewpoints and walking trails. First, cross into Argentina for a walk above the falls, wider and more powerful than Niagara. Take the “Gran Aventura” boat ride to get up close to the falls and engulfed in the mist. There are also hiking trails surrounding the park; take some time to explore. Keep a lookout for butterflies, caiman, birds, and other wildlife as you roam the national park. Return to your hotel in the evening and rest
Dec 28 IGUAZU FALLS ON BRAZIL SIDE & TRANSFER TO CURITIBA. After breakfast, head back to the Iguazu Falls, this time on the Brazilian side, to see the falls from a different angle. On this side, there are walkways leading out over the water, giving you amazing views of the powerfall waterfalls. Then set out on a journey through the Serra do Mar mountains in Brazil’s southern Atlantic Rainforest. Rolling green hills, farms, and Araucária forests decorate the landscape. Arrive in Curitiba, named “best-organized city in South America,” and check in to your hotel. Tonight’s included dinner will give you a taste of the region’s mix of cultures.
Dec 29 ATLANTIC RAINFOREST TRAIN RIDE. This morning, relax in your hotel and have breakfast, and then embark on a full-day excursion on a scenic train ride to the coast. This historic railway journey will take you through lush green Atlantic rainforest scenery, as it winds its way from Curitiba to the Port of Antonina. The route passes the rolling hills of Serra do Mar and goes from sea level up to 1200 meters (3/4 of a mile) high! Enjoy walking around the historic port city of Antonina, have lunch, and the transfer back through hills to Curitiba, and spend the night.
Dec 30. ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO & SUGARLOAF TOUR. Arrive in the cidade maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro, and check into your hotel on Copacabana Beach. The afternoon is free for a stroll, some shopping or relaxing on the beach. Enjoy a welcome drink and rodizio barbecue lunch or dinner (depending on your time of arrival). The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the highlight of today’s sightseeing tour. Board a funicular to reach the summit with its 360 degree spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the world’s most beautiful city.
Dec 31 CORCOVADO & CHRIST THE REDEEMER – PLUS RIO NEW YEAR’S! Spend the day breathing in the tropical breezes from the summit of Corcovado Mountain. Board the tremzinho cogwheel railway up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird’s eye view of Rio de Janeiro. Corcovado is where you’ll find the Christ the Redeemer statue, overlooking Guanabara Bay. In the evening, prepare for the world’s biggest New Year’s celebration on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. Festivities begin with traditional African celebrations dedicated to Yemanjá, the African goddess of the seas. Don some white clothing and head to the water to see cariocas displaying their Afro-Brazilian heritage. Then get ready to party, with music concerts, food, drinks, and dancing on the streets near Ipanema and Copacabana. Ring in the new year with fireworks lighting up the night sky
Jan 01 NEW YEAR’S DAY IN RIO DE JANEIRO Spend the first day of the new year relaxing and enjoying the beaches of Rio de Janeiro at your leisure. After breakfast at the hotel, you have the rest of the day free. You might want to go on a schooner cruise of Guanabara Bay, or to a fisherman’s village nearby. Or you might enjoy an excursion to Petropolis, the summer palace of Dom Pedro, or to the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens. The choices are yours! For dinner, we recommend the Plataforma Samba Dinner Show, where you can enjoy a full Brazilian meal along with a mixture of Brazilian dances and music.
Jan 02 Day 8 DEPART RIO DE JANEIRO Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a final morning in Rio de Janeiro. Once you’ve packed your bags, your driver will escort you to the Rio de Janeiro airport for your journey home or to your next destination. If you’d like to extend your trip to see more of Brazil, we recommend adding a 3-day trip to Salvador in Bahia, to experience the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Brazil’s original capital. Or venture into the Amazon Rainforest for a 3-day river cruise.
• 8 Nights, with 3 nights Rio de Janeiro
• All nights accommodations
• All breakfasts
• 3 dinners
• New Year’s party on Copacabana Beach
• All transfers, taxes and entrance fees
• English-speaking guides Sugarloaf Mountain
• Corcovado – Christ the Redeemer Statue
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