Me and i friend are going to be in rio for carnival from 14th-22nd feb. I have searched your forum, but am trying to find more info on carnival - for example do we need to book tickets for the sambadrome before we go or should we leave it till we are out ther? Also is it worth joining in carnival with a samba school as this is a little pricey, but is it worth it?
We are staying by Flamengo beach, can anyone tell me what this area is like? how safe?parties?resaurants? near other cool/chilled places? It wasn't our first choice, but due to lack of accomodation had to book there!
Finally we have heard stories that many things stop during carnival, e.g hand/paragliding - is this true as we are really wanting to see and do some things! and where else is worth visiting?
Any help given would be knidly appreciated...