Equally a travel agent can do it for you, sometimes even hostels.Getting deep into the interior normally requires the use of a flight at some stage.
The "Champions Parade" is on the Saturday following Carnival and features the top 5 winning samba schools from the previous weekend; the best way to see the highlights in Rio at a lower admission cost. : Carnival in Brazil normally starts on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and finishes on Ash Wednesday itself, though in some places the celebrations tend to spill over until the following weekend.The three most popular Carnivals in Brazil are: Salvador: Celebrated along 26 km of streets filled with approximately 2.2 million people.It's the biggest street party on Earth according to The Guinness Book of World Records.All guides/books are described here in more detail.During summer (December-February) many Brazilians take holiday's, making travel both difficult and expensive.Take for example the journey from Rio to Recife - 38 hours by bus. Air: To really cover Brazil, those that can afford it may want to consider an air pass or much easier use this countries excellent budget airline network. You can check all their websites to get an idea of routes, times and prices. Six hours on a bus, Rio to Sao Paulo can be flown for less than 70US$ (not to mention that Rio's Santos Dumont and Sao Paulo's Congonhas airports are spectacular to take-off/land in).Booking on-line proves far more difficult, due to recognising or security checking non-Brazilian credit cards (this should change in the future), but these airlines have desks that can be found in shopping malls or airports where you can book.It's also a giant open-air festival of Brazilian music for free.About 411,000 out-of-state visitors, mainly from Rio and São Paulo, come to participate in the 280 year-old party.At the same time, in Rio and the rest of the south the humidity is nasty.Summer is also the most festive time of year, as Brazilians escape their apartments and take to the beaches and streets.