I'm going to brazil(alone) from february to may, so of course I'm going to enjoy the carneval. My question however is, where to be during the carneval? I think that the larger cities are way to expensive (considering I'm going to stay there 2 months more than that.. and afford it ) So I'm thinking about celebrating it in a "smaller and cheaper" city, but on the internet there is only something about Rio or Salvador when you search for it. My question is; have any of you had some good experiences with other cities during that period? and which?
A way of avoiding my problem would be to find someone to share an apartment with, if that's cheaper!! It's not that I'm "Cheap'ish", but I think that 3-400USD(hostel) is expensive for 1 week!...
If any of you have any good ideas I would be glad to hear from you.
My wife and I were in Foz de Iguazu for carnaval this year (2005).
Very basic compared to Rio but still fun.
They had entrants from Argentina and Paraguay, and we walked into the main stand just like the locals were doing, and that was FREE!!!
I could have leant over and touched the dancers and the band members.
We were that close.
Carnaval one night, the Falls the next morning.
Way to go.
P.S. I should have a Foz carnaval pic to upload somewhere.
Carnaval time is more expense time in Brazil, sure Rio and Salvador are the most expenses, but every city has their own Carnaval.
You can go to south like Foz do Iguaçu, north east (beach) like Fortaleza - North like Manaus or Central like panatanal.
If you want to realy see what Carnaval is you need to be in the capital cities, the small ones has just a little ones.
The best is Rio, Salvador and Recife.