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1. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello I am looking to be in Rio de janero, Brazil for the carnival in Feb 11, however I have no idea where to start, I am going to be on a tight budget so need cheap as possible. Do I have to buy tickets, if so when, where and how much. Also where to stay, again need cheap as I understand prices will go up around this time!!!

Can anybody help???

Thankyou :)

2. Posted by Sarah2010 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi claretrick!!!

I don;t know much about the Rio Carnaval, but I went to the one in Salvador di Bahia and honestly, what ever you are going to do, you have to do it now! the prices increase like crazy from one moment to another and anyway, believe me, you are not going to be spending a lot of time in the hotel. In salvador you would buy the whole package with accommodation, rinks and everything and then they would give you a t-shirt which is your "ticket" to the group. If you google images you are going to see that usually the groups are wearing the same t-shirt.

The thing with accommodation is that logically, the closer you stay from the carnival parade areas the more expensive it is. But, no matter your choice, you are basically paying not for the accommodation itself but for attending the biggest party on earth!

Enjoy your carnival! is really amazing, and if for any reason you don't make it to Rio don't hesitate to do the Salvador one.


3. Posted by smilinv (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

hey there claire! I was in Rio for carnival this year and it was fantastic! I brought my ticket from carnival world but when I was in Rio I discovered that for considerably cheaper you can by carnival tickets from any kiosk! Sunday is the best day, I also went to Petropolis for one of the carnival days it was alot smaller but I got to dance on stage with the brazilians and its only 1 hour by bus away from Rio! Also Ouro preto is 7 hours away and also nice for carnival. Its good to travel around to see how other towns celebrate carnival! I hope I have been of some help!!:)

4. Posted by smilinv (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Oh I forgot... book accomodation well in advance! Enjoy!!!;)

5. Posted by AussieCyn (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi There!
I have just decided to go travelling to South America on my own in 2011!
I am just looking into where to go, what to do and how long to go for... Details will be dependant on my budget.
Though my plan is to start in Rio for Carnival and then work my way around and up to Cuba and then into Mexico.
If you want to chat, let me know!

6. Posted by Dave101 (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


I'm heading to South/Central America for a year off and plan to start at the Carnival.

It looks like you need tickets to see the main parade which vary in cost depending on how good a view you want but that's the only thing you need to get tickets for as far as i know.

Some hostels I was looking at seem to be booked up already though so i'd suggest booking asap.


7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Ask Mr. Google with the keywords:
'Booking for Carnival 2011 in Rio'

one travel forum post says all budget rooms in Rio for Carnival 2011 already booked!!!!!!!

Starting a long journey in a very popular destination at a holiday time can be very stressful, give yourself 2, 3 weeks in advance traveling around before heading to Carnival, try to home stay with locals near Rio if possible. Do learn some Portuguese and be careful of pickpockets and muggers during the Carnival, they are out in force, they target tourists and natives as well. Have had many native friends in Central America pickpocketed at fiestas and fairs.:( You need to arrive relaxed, not stressed. Don't know what else to say.

8. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everybody, any idea on the official carnival dates? and cheap hostels to stay in, I guess I need to be booking now!!!


9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Claretrick, you have to your own homework, no one else will nor has time to.
Ask Mr. Google, keep trying every day. Since you live in UK, try Travel Agencies in London that specialize in Latin Travel, they advertise in the print guidebooks..Footprint Hanbooks, published in UK, excellent, updated yearly, check your bookstore, travel section or Amazon UK site, there is a Brazil Handbook and a South american Handbook.