Carnival: Get your hips swaying to samba time

Carnival in Sao Paolo. Pic: Sergio Savares, CC.

Carnival in Sao Paolo. Pic: Sergio Savares, CC.

Hey hey it’s Carnival time and that means it’s time to get your hips swinging to the samba beats in festival hot spots in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. The Carnival season runs roughly from 15 February to 3 March with events cultivating on Shrove Tuesday, which in 2014 falls on 4 March. There are plenty of places you can to and enjoy the last let your hair down before the solemn season of Lent. Here are some highlights featuring VIP Backpacker accommodation and packages you can take advantage of:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Officially the party central of the Carnival, Rio is literally hopping during the Carnival season so book as far ahead as possible. This is because both locals and tourists alike don costumes, join a Samba school and strut and dance their wares in the parade through the Sambaddome. Small, informal groups also join to form similar parades in the neighbourhoods meaning there’s always a Carnival party somewhere to enjoy. VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, but also in Forteleza and São-Paulo.

Pousada Colinas de Copacabana
437_5– Colinas Residencia Hotel offers 26 ample private suites and also 29 small private rooms in Colinas Hostel.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (6) from $24.37
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Mexico
Mexico celebrates Carnival across hundreds of cities and towns with costumes, parades and floats. Celebrations are particularly vibrant in Mazatlán and the city of Veracruz but can be found almost everywhere. VIP Backpackers has accommodation across the country including Mexico City, Campeche, Cancun, Chichen Itza, Cholula, Guadalajara, Isla Holbox, Morelia, Oaxaca, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and San Cristobal.

Hostel Amigo
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Free Pick Up service(see inside details)The famous and multiawarded Hostel Amigo is now renewed and whit more services included, the best value for your Money!!!

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Dorm: 10 bed from $12.57 BOOK
10 Bed Dorm from $13.96 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $14.32 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $13.61 BOOK
Dorm (4) from $17.19 BOOK

Argentina
Carnival is celebrated with gusto in all major cities and towns, although the most famous celebrations are in Gualeguaychú, Corrientes and Chamame. Should you be in Argentina during Carnival VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Patagonia.

The Buenos Aires Hostel-Inn
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The Buenos Aires Hostel-inn is located on the heart of San Telmo, a lovely old mansion with lovely staff…

Room Types Cost Available
Large Share from $11.65 BOOK
Double from $40.79 BOOK

Dominican Republic

Carnival is celebrated in the main streets of each town with flashy costumes, loud music and elaborate masks – make sure you get your own if you’re here. The Dominican Republic Carnival also features costumes that are satirs of the Devil and called Diablos Cojuelos. La Vega has the biggest parade in the country and there’s a National Parade in Santo Domingo. VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Bonao. Central America is host to a myriad of Carnival celebrations so don’t forget to check them out while you’re there.

Rancho Wendy
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Rancho Wendy is committed to offering extraordinary off-the-beaten-path adventures that fulfill your dreams. For over 14 years we have carefully created and fine-tuned our hiking, biking, horseback riding, and multi-sport vacations in the Dominican Republic, a place we call home. Our guides` intimate knowledge of Bonao and its region guarantees you an enriching outdoors experience.

Room Types Cost Available
Large Share from $4.86 BOOK
Dorm (ens) from $6.80 BOOK
Twin (ens) from $9.71 BOOK
Double from $14.57 BOOK

Goa, India
Thanks to its Portuguese, and therefore Catholic heritage, Goa celebrates Carnival in style every year with parties, parades, costumes and dance. The biggest parades happen in Panaji but smaller centres will also have their local versions.
VIP Backpackers has plenty of accommodation in Goa.

Gabriel Guest House
1424-image3_bigGabriel Guest House has been serving guests since 1980. its features amongst one of the best guesthouses in Goa. Its admirable location and the loving family that takes care of the guests has made it a memorable place for them to revisit every year.

Room Types Cost Available
Double (ens) from $37.67 BOOK
Double (AC + ens) from $47.08 BOOK

Venice, Italy
The canal city of Venice comes alive mid winter for the annual Carnival celebrations with elaborate costumes, parades and masks. The distinctive masks of the Venice Carnival are world famous and people in costume can be seen on the streets everywhere with other celebrations such as live music, dance, food and wine on offer. However Viareggio, Ivrea and Acireale are also renowned for their Carnival celebrations and many major cities will have some form of celebration. VIP Backpackers has accommodation in Venice.

Plus Camping Alba D’oro
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Some of our Services: Free swimming pool, Free onward booking to any PLUS location, Private Shuttle bus to Venice every ½ hour, Free hot showers, Supermarket, ATM, Internet access, Travel desk for booking ferry tickets to Greece, Restaurant-Pizzeria, Late Night Bar and Sky sport cine TV in the bar

Room Types Cost Available
Camping from $25.22
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Large Share from $27.23
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Large Share from $33.28
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Cabin from $45.49
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VIP Backpackers also has accommodation in Bolivia, Colombia, Belize, Costa Rica and numerous other centres where Carnival is celebrated.

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