I'm 35, straight, and off to the Rio Carnival in 2010 and i'm starting all my research now. So i have a few questions which i'm having a hard time trying to find the answers to, so i thought maybe some of you would know. I prefer street party/parades to the Sambadrome option, so i want to be close to where all this will be happening, and i have no problems sleeping at night so i can be as close as possible.
If i wish to be in the heart of all the clubs/bars/entertainment/partying/nightlife and so on, what accommadtion area should i be concentrating on?
Are any of these locations near all the action, anywhere near Ipanema Beach?
I'll be in Rio for 10 nights, so once i've had my fill of Carnival, are there any tips/recommendations, for steak restaurants, jazz bars, beautiful beaches, souvenirs shopping, sieghtseeing, picturesque viewing points of Rio?
Many Thanks in advsnce.