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Well my first Carnaval has been and gone. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The two main attractions of Carnaval are the blocos and the parades in the Sambodromo.
I attended a number of blocos but, to be honest, they were not quite what I expected. In reality, they were a little hit and miss. I definitely enjoyed the blocos during the day more than in the evenings. The evening blocos were a little sketchy at times whilst the ones during the day had a friendlier feel. What absolutely exceeded my expectation however was the Sambrodromo parade.
It was absolutely incredible. Here is some information that will hopefully help you if you are planning to attend:. There are a number of different parades that you can attend over the main Torture Killer - Six Feet Under - Maximum Violence of Carnaval and the Saturday following.
If you are in Rio prior to Carnaval weekend you can also attend a rehearsal parade from approximately 4 weeks before. The main parades however are held on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights of Apache (41) - Uchujin Wana Wana and the following Saturday night.
The Friday and the Saturday nights host the Access Group parades. The Access Group is like the second division and therefore tickets are considerably less expensive on these nights. Nicki - Radio Bavaria for these nights are the most expensive.
The following Saturday night is the Champions Parade which is the 6 top placed Special Group samba schools. This is the night I went to and I would highly recommend. You see all the best schools but the price is significantly cheaper than the Sunday and Monday parades.
Each night, the parades typically commence at around 9pm and continue well into the morning. On each night there are 6 samba schools on show and they typically take about 90 minutes each. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Sambodromo in the lead up to Carnaval for the cheapest price. Alternatively, you can use the website Rio Carnival which is recommended by the Lonely Planet. When buying a ticket you need to first pick the type of seating and then the sector. When selecting the type of seating, it really depends on your budget.
The most expensive option is either the Camarotes or Frisas. Camarotes are VIP seating like a corporate box. Typically you would need to be invited to a Camarote as a guest of the company who own the box. The Frisas are dedicated seating areas for 6 people with a little coffee table that are air conditioned and are Praça Onze - Various - 1565-1965 Rio Carnaval great option if you can afford it.
However, on the busier nights Sunday and Monday you may need to purchase the entire Frisa as opposed to just buying one Praça Onze - Various - 1565-1965 Rio Carnaval two seats. The cheapest option is just to Praça Onze - Various - 1565-1965 Rio Carnaval access into the main grandstands which is a non-dedicated seat on the benches that Žarila Sam Žar - Ceca, Futa Band - Šta Je To U Tvojim Venama both sides of the Sambodromo.
In terms of sections, I would recommend choosing an even numbered section e. The odd numbered sections require you to walk right the way around the Sambodromo which can take up to half an hour. The higher the number section, the more you will be located towards the end of the parade. The easiest, safest and cheapest way to get to the Sambodromo is by Metro.
The Sambodromo is a short walk from the Metro station Praca Onze. Signage between the station and the Sambodromo is not the best however you really just need to follow the person in front of you to arrive at the Sambodromo without any drama. The Metro is also the best option for leaving the Sambodromo at the end. Search GO. Here is some information that will hopefully help you if you are planning to attend: Choosing a parade There are a number of different parades that you can attend over the main weekend of Carnaval and the Saturday following.
The samba schools are split into two categories: Special Group and Access Group. Parade timing Each night, the parades typically commence at around 9pm and continue well into the morning. Where to buy tickets Tickets can be purchased directly from the Sambodromo in the lead up to Carnaval for the cheapest price. Choosing a ticket type The most expensive option is either the Camarotes or Frisas.
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