Has anyone been to the Rio Carnival? Any advice on booking tickets and what for would be appreciated!
I am looking to travel around S America from November starting in Buenos Aires, going to Chile Bolivia and Peru, then across to Brazil for the Carnival, then back down to fly out of Argentina.
I have read quite a few threads on here about S America travel but if anyone could give me some tips on the Carnival, who they booked the Inca Trail with (4 day trip) and the best travel methods to get around I would be very appreciative.
I am based in the UK if this makes any difference to your answers
Hey, we have book the inka trail with Trip Peru - they have given us heaps and heaps of really good advice. We will do the trail in september.
thank you for the advice.....please let me know how you get on! Have a great trip!
I would definately check out -snip- site for some general tips on Rio. Otherwise keep in mind you need to book way ahead for Carnival and that it's going to cost you. I always hate it when I see people try to do carnival too cheap. It's not that you need to spend like crazy, but often spending that extra dollar to spend a little closer to the action can make a huge difference. Stay in Ipanem or Leblon if you can. Centro is fairly sketchy at times, especially during Carnival, as is Lapa (though it is one of the most fun areas). I recommend staying in Ipanema or Leblon to have a nice comfortable place of operations and then partying around the town.
Busing across to peru is cheaper and fun if you've got time to burn and can make some stops.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
unfortunately i wasn't around for carnival, so can't help on that.
in terms of getting around, the buses are well priced and travel between the major cities is frequent enough. you'll also enjoy the freedom of deciding what to do and where to go next when you're on the bus. i bused from santiago to lima, taking in the sights of bolivia and peru along the way.
if, however, time is going to be an issue you might want to consider flying. there are cheap airlines and offers out there, so this is certainly worth thinking about too. unfortunately, this isn't the ideal backpacker way of getting around so if you have time definately get the bus.
I would agree with the post about the cost. The cost of the carnaval is very expensive (min $200 and up to 2000 dollars). Hotels are even worse. Expect to pay up to $200 per day and you must have it for 4 days. Hostels are probably allready booked up by now. To plan carnaval, you must plan 1 year in advance. But if you can find a way, go for it. Personally, Carnaval is overrated, expensive and the music is terrible. But I would start reserving NOW before its too late.
Been to Carnival in Rio and Salvador many times , going to Salvador Carnival 2010 , let me know your doubts and I will try to help you out. Got accommodation in Salvador in case going for carnival
Well for the Inka Trail (4 days) You can check it on Calypso reps. They have a good program with 6 days including the Inka Trail around $500 all includes!!! If u want I can send you the information.