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Rio Feb 2014

Hi all,

I need your advise. I have decided that I want to see the carnival in Rio De Janeiro in feb 2014. I honestly don't know where to start.

I am about to book my flight but i have been told it will be so expensive to go for carnival. I also heard of violence etc. not sure any of this is true.

Please can you advise which area is best to stay close to the action.

if i need to book tickets for the parties and floats.

what other activities can I also do whilst there

I welcome your candid advise

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1. Re: Rio Feb 2014

Hotel prices often double (and sometimes triple) during Carnaval—and you may have to book for at least four or five nights because many hotels and apartments have minimum stay requirements during Carnaval.

What exactly is your budget? And what are your interests apart from Carnaval?

Rio Carnival 2014 starts on Friday, February 28th and lasts until Tuesday, March 4th—the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.

The main Rio Samba Parade in the Sambodromo (also known as the Rio Carnaval Parade) will be held on Sunday, March 2, and on Monday, March 3. (It begins Sunday evening and continues into the early morning on Monday.)

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The winning samba schools will parade again after Carnaval during the Champions’ Parade on Saturday, March 8, in the Sambodromo.

http://www.rio-carnival.net/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Carnival

Carnaval is always celebrated seven Sundays before Easter Sunday (which in 2014 falls on April 20), although Carnaval in Rio actually begins after Rio’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, hands the key to King Momo, the Lord of Misrule and Revelry, a ceremony held on the Friday evening before the aforementioned seventh Sunday.

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2. Re: Rio Feb 2014

wow thanks this is very helpful..

will a budget of 1500 be sufficient for hotel and food. like to go to the beach. see some culture so i might get there a three or four days bfore carnival to see stuuf around the area.

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3. Re: Rio Feb 2014

Is that £1,500? If so, you should be in great shape money-wise.

Rio de Janeiro Beach Tips:

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Rio’s beach culture—a guide:

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Best beach barracas (concession stands) in Rio:

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Some things and places to consider in Rio:

Corcovado Information:

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the train leaving every half hour.

Ticket price for adults: R$46

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Sugar Loaf Information:

Hours: opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 7:50 p.m.

The park always closes one hour after the ticket office.

The cable cars depart every 20 minutes or whenever full capacity is reached (65 passengers).

Ticket price for adults: R$53

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Lagoa is the neighborhood around the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. It is one of Rio's nicer areas for walking or biking.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas:

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Video of Lagoa:

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Rio’s Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) is a nature park containing more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees and 140 species of birds.

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Centro, the Heart of Rio:

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The beautifully restored neoclassical building housing Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is itself a work of art and definitely worth a visit. One of the city's most important cultural centers, the CCBB is located at Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, in the Centro (downtown) district. (Subway: Uruguaiana.)

The building includes an art gallery, three theatres, a cinema showing art films, and a large exhibit of fine arts and photography, with some permanent exhibitions like the collection of Brazilian money. With a bookstore, café, and tea salon, it is a favorite meeting point for both tourists and Cariocas.

Exhibits are always free and many of the programs are also free, although some theaters or events may charge a small fee. Check local newspapers for entertainment listings before you go. Phone: (21) 3808-2020. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guided tours in English by appointment.

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Also in Centro: Church of Our Lady of Montserrat, Mosteiro de São Bento, Rua Dom Gerardo 68.

The Benedictines founded this magnificent hilltop monastery and church in 1590. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat and boasts richly decorated interiors that date from the 18th century. The elaborate interior of the church took almost seventy years to complete and was the life work of a series of artists, notably the Benedictine monk Frei Domingos da Conceição.

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Casa Daros, one of Rio’s newest museums, is housed in a neoclassical 1866 mansion in Botafogo and showcases one of the world's premier collections of contemporary Latin American art. Apart from its exhibition spaces, the building includes a library, an auditorium seating one hundred people, a restaurant, a café and a shop.

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday--12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sundays and holidays--12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets:

Main exhibition: R$ 12

Students and seniors half price with ID.

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And don’t forget the Hippie Fair in General Osório Square in Ipanema on Sundays:

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Video:

http://bit.ly/pRXHUb

Insider Guide to Rio:

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Top Places in Rio de Janeiro:

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4. Re: Rio Feb 2014

wow, im speechless i will google all of this and start planning. its pounds

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5. Re: Rio Feb 2014

Ipanema, Leblon, and Copacabana are generally considered the safest neighborhoods for tourists and where most visitors stay when they come to Rio for Carnaval.

Ipanema Pictorial:

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Leblon Pictorial:

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Copacabana Pictorial:

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Safety tips for first-timers in Rio:

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The most common forms of crime affecting tourists are pickpockets and street muggings.

Kidnapping in Rio de Janeiro, other than express kidnapping, is not an issue as it is reported to be in some other Latin American countries. (Express kidnapping [Portuguese: sequestro relâmpago] is a method of abduction where a small ransom from an employer or family member is requested. An ATM seizure, where the victim is forced to withdraw money from his or her account, is another example.)

In the past, the security risk was higher than it is today and police protection has improved significantly in the Zona Sul (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Lagoa, Jardim Botanico) and Barra da Tijuca in the last two years. Today, although the likelihood of experiencing crime in Rio has diminished, it still exists. It has to be said that much of the crime that occurs is opportunistic crime. Meaning that criminals focus more on those they think are easy or high-value targets. For example, the elderly, someone walking alone at night, or someone wearing lots of jewelry.

While Rio does have a certain security risk involved, visitors can greatly minimize their risk by following a few common sense rules.

Try to travel in a group preferably with local friends. At night, avoid walking on the streets alone.

Be careful about public transportation at night. Take a taxi and not a bus at night. Late at night, consider booking a radio taxi or calling for a regular taxi, especially when travelling to less secure or unfamiliar locations. Many people prefer calling a taxi company rather than picking one randomly in the street. The line 1 of the underground (especially, Centro-Copacabana) is perceived as being safer that buses, but at night the entrances to the subway stations are a focal point for the homeless.

Be aware of your surroundings and others when walking on the street. Especially at night. If you see a group of young kids that look suspicious walking towards you, cross the street. Avoid dark/enclosed areas.

Do not walk around wearing flashy jewelry or expensive looking items. A basic watch or wedding band is okay (prospective criminals won't be able to distinguish between a fake Rolex or costume jewelry and the real thing).

Do not carry a lot of cash around. Carry around only enough for your expected purchases and a credit card (none if you don't expect to use it). Leave the passport and other credit cards in the safe at the hotel.

Make a copy of the biographic page of your passport and carry this with you.

Do not keep all of your money in one pocket. Distribute it in different pockets.

Take extra care when taking out money from an automatic teller machine. Beware of suspicious characters lurking near by. It is best to use the machines located inside banks, buildings and shopping centers.

Keep digital cameras in your pocket or in non-descript paper or plastic bags.

Don't leave belongings unattended.

The city centre (Centro) should be visited during work hours (but be aware of pickpocketing there); it is generally considered an empty and dangerous place during the weekend and at night—although some parts of it have been renovated, particularly the Lapa district, where many world-class samba clubs are located. Always take a taxi when visiting Lapa and make a reservation at the club you intend to visit in advance.

Rio's beaches are beautiful and seemingly tranquil, and as such may lull you into a relaxed sense of safety. It has been reported, however, that thieves are on the lookout for people who appear to be alone and have cell phones, watches, jewelry, cameras, or anything that can be quickly stolen.

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6. Re: Rio Feb 2014

If your hotel costs are coming out of your 1500 pounds you are probably cutting it pretty close. Even the cheaper hotels are about US $300/night with 4 or 5 night minimums so you may have to cut back on your extra days stay. Staying in a hostel could save you a fair amount of money.

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8. Re: Rio Feb 2014

Our carnival is divided into (a) the official parades held at the Sambadrome; and (b) the street block parties.

Block parties are held all over the city during the entire month and are free gatherings of people with live music and beer (not actual parades, but rather gatherings - not recommended for those avoiding crowds). Not to mention lots of young guys and girls willing to meet each other, in a "Mardi Gras"-like atmosphere. During the carnival holiday itself, there will be more block parties than before the holiday or after it. That said, celebrations will still be happening after carnival itself, but in a smaller scale.

On the other hand, the Sambadrome parades form a competiton. So you have many groups, which we call samba schools, parading every evening. The top ones parade on Sunday and Monday . After that, there's a voting session and the best schools parade again on Saturday. In order to watch the parades, you have to purchase tickets in advance, just like a sports event. The Sambadrome is a stadium-like venue, where you can have a seat and watch everything. Not a warm up event; it's just a different experience.

Therefore, those are two different experiences. The float parade takes place at the Sambodrome so you have to plan in advance how you're getting tickets to it.

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