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1. Posted by Liriel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I am going to South America i January with my boyfriend. We are planning to stay until May, and start our trip in Brazil. We were wondering if anyone have any suggestions to where we should stay during the carneval? Our plane land in Rio at January the 17th, and we are planning to go north not long after this, towards Amazonas. Does anyone know about a town that is fun to stay in during the carneval north for Rio? How long time does it take to travel from Rio to Amazonas by bus? Anyone who have any tips?

2. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 9y

It would be great if you could stay in Rio. Anyway, carnival in Salvador (Bahia) is also amazing. Every city has its own, unique way to celebrate, so you'll like it anywhere you land.
About the time in bus, I don't know exactly, but is a long long way and you should stop in many places in between. Stick to the coast, you'll find beaches of unbelievable beauty.
Roughly, stop at Salvador, Maceio, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Belem and venture into the forest.
Good luck!

3. Posted by alex_rj (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

If you intend to stay in Rio during de Carnival Búzios or Cabo Frio are beautiful cities in north of Rio....but you should make reservations soon. About a trip by bus from Rio to Amazonas ( Manaus ) forget about it it's impossible to go there by bus. You can go to Belém and then take a boat to Manaus (3 or 4 days) and 2 days to Belém ( from Rio) . In my opinion is better to take a plane (Rio-Manaus 5h). Believe it.

4. Posted by kiwiandrea (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

I have been looking at accommodation for the carneval in Rio and it's pretty crazy! All hostels only offer 6 or 7 night packages at atleast double the price (usually about from 900R for entire stay). Anyone got any other ideas about accommodation that are a bit more reasonable?

5. Posted by EDAngeli (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

I am staying in a hostel in Salvador for carnival called Nega Maluca. Only cost 450 reais for the carnival week package. So maybe carnival in Salvador is a better option than Rio...guess it depends what you want though really.

6. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 9y

Hi. Rio de Janeiro is great during the Carnaval. If you can, go to the Carnaval Parade at Apoteose with some school. There are lots of street canrnaval wich are fun too. You can ask me about them closer to carnaval if there is where you are staying.

Yes, you probably will find it difficult to find acommodation. You can try hostals in Ipanema, Copacabana and Santa Tereza. I have a few adresses to give you.

CHE LAGARTO HOSTEL IPANEMA (Rua Paul Redfern, 48 - Ipanema
(5521) 22562777

ADVENTURE HOSTEL (Rua Vinicius de Moraes, 174 - Ipanema)
(5521) 38132726 - -

CHE LAGARTO HOSTEL COPACABANA (rua Anita Garibaldi, 87 - Copacabana)
(5521) 22562776

It also can be nice to spend Carnaval in Olinda (nearby Recife). I've never been there but everybody says it's amazing, and very different from the rest.

Salvador is really crowded. I would never go there in the Carnaval. But some people love it.

I hope I've helped.

Have a nice trip.


[ Edit: Edited on Dec 13, 2006, at 3:12 AM by aarantes ]