Carnaval (Carnival, aka Mardi Gras)

The Good: 

Hot chicks from Brazil (and all over), the grandest party you’ll probably ever experience, and the aforementioned beautiful beaches.  But also outstanding food, amazing culture (including samba dance and bossa nova music), iconic landmarks, and among the most passionate soccer (football) fans in the world.

The Bad: 

Besides the high likelihood that your married buddies are tempted to cheat, it’s rather crowded so as prices go up availability goes down, and it’s not that safe? That’s enough to say be careful.

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Location: Rio, Brazil (and other locales across the world)

Date: Usually ~mid-February, sometimes into March (Friday - Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)

Party Type: Festivals.

Cost: $$$$ (flights and hotels, etc. are expensive then, but worth it!)

Preparations: Your Portuguese, as your weak Spanish won’t always fly down there.  And please don’t call it Brazilian.

What to Bring: A mask, passport/visa, a bathing suit for when you sneak off to the randy Rio beaches, and your party suit/attitude.

Other top parties here (or this weekend): An average weekend in Rio is likely crazier than the best weekend where you live!  This weekend is the same as Mardi Gras, so if you can’t make it to Rio there are plenty of spots to run wild, especially New Orleans.

Carnaval (Carnival, aka Mardi Gras)

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In preparation for Lent, the Catholics seem to want to get their partying out.  And everyone else gets to go along for the ride. So if you can rally your friends in February - especially for a Bachelor Party - then break out your masks, boundless energy, and wallets.  You’re in for the greatest party on the planet. 

Americans know it as Mardi Gras, but around the world, it’s known as Carnaval (often misspelled as Carnival).  Part circus, part masquerade, all party, it can last for days or longer depending on where you go.

And while you could hit a number of hot spots for it, Rio tends to be not only the largest but the best, and the Guinness Book of World Records agrees with us.  Not only that, but Brazil brings some of the most beautiful women in the world, along with a great amount of tourists from everywhere, just about right for you and your boys.

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Bachelor10 Tip: 

Book well in advance and be careful - it’s all fun and games until you get pickpocketed or lose the drunk bachelor in a seedy neighborhood.

Beyond the motherly advice, perhaps something even more obvious to you, but don’t forget to wake up in time to hit the beaches - the most famous being Copacabana and Ipanema, with Buzios a little lesser known, but still ridiculous.