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Rio Carnival 2011: sambadrome ticket prices

Rio Carnival 2011: sambadrome ticket prices

carnaval 2009, Mocidade Alegre

The Association of Rio de Janeiro’s Escolas de Samba (LIESA) has announced the prices for the carnival parades at the Sambadrome: at ingressos Carnaval 2011 you will find the prices for the differenty types of seats and locations within the sambadrome. At the same website you can see a map of the venue at Sambadrome map to understand better where each sector is located.

The escolas de samba enter the Sambodrome from the left on the map, right next to Setor 1. Setor 1 tickets are the cheapest of all because from that location you don’t actually get to see the parade but rather the gathering of the different groups. The parade ends on the right hand side of the map, in the part known as Praça da Apoteose (although the name doesn’t feature on the map). Tickets here are more affordable as the escolas arrive here quite tired after one hour parading through the Sambadrome.

If you need to book accommodation for your stay in Rio have a look at the following site on Rio de Janeiro hotels. A hotel in Ipanema or a hotel in Copacabana might be excellent choices for your stay.

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January 31, 2011 | By More
Noronha: ready to fork out a further R$130?

Noronha: ready to fork out a further R$130?

baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha

Beautiful Fernando de Noronha, in its never-ending reach for the tourist’s pocket, is preparing a new fee to be demanded from all tourists arriving to the island from the end of February 2011.

What with the care of the National Park gone to a private company (the same company that takes care of the Iguaçu National Park), it is time for all arrivals in the island to pay R$130 (Brazilians will only pay half of that amount). That amount of money will grant you access to the national park for a maximum of 10 days – and no, you won’t pay a cent less if your stay in the island is shorter than 10 days. This fee will have to be paid on top of the already hefty preservation tax paid to the government of the state of Pernambuco.

From what we saw in our visits to the island, the park was well managed up until now. But hey, the new company will install walkways and viewpoints… does Noronha need Iguaçu-style elevated walkways? Will an idyllic paradise turn into yet another Disney-style “eco” destination?

The dream of a low-cost trip to Noronha is more distant than ever before (five days in Noronha for R$900 total – how we did it). And better-off foreign tourists will one day reach an unavoidable conclusion: there are many other beautiful paradises across the globe that can be reached for a fraction of the money Noronha costs. Offering plenty more confort too!

News sources: Jornal do Turismo and Panrotas.

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January 24, 2011 | By More
institutional videos: Rio Grande do Norte

institutional videos: Rio Grande do Norte

This is the fourth on a series of videos produced by the Brazilian tourism authorities. They all have a common theme: those states that will host 2014 World Cup games. During the coming weeks we will present all those videos here in the blog. They are shortish videos, with conventional but beautiful images of the states and its main destinations.

Rio Grande do Norte:

We have devoted several blog posts to the state of Rio Grande do Norte, including our guides to Natal and Pipa.

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January 21, 2011 | By More
48 hours in Rio de Janeiro – what to do, where to go

48 hours in Rio de Janeiro – what to do, where to go

So you have 48 hours in Rio de Janeiro? Riotur is the official tourism agency for the city of Rio de Janeiro. At its information-packed website (we reviewed it here at the blog at the new official Rio Guide) you will find a very interesting text entitled Rio in 48 hours – The best of Rio in two days.

Río de Janeiro, Brasil

The text contains a very nice introduction to the city to those with not much spare time in their hands. The step-by-step guide contains tips on sights, transportation and food. Enough material to give you ideas on what to do with those 48 hours in Rio de Janeiro.

If you need further background information on Rio, you will find it at our main entry on Rio de Janeiro at the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG. It is destination: Rio de Janeiro and there you will find all the basic information you need to make the most of your visit to Rio. At the end of this blog post you will find a list of other entries we have published with relevant information on Rio.

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January 17, 2011 | By More
the tragedy in Rio: straightforward travel advice

the tragedy in Rio: straightforward travel advice

Few of those interested in Brazil will be unaware of the massive tragedy hitting regions of the state of Rio de Janeiro: Brazil floods: More than 500 dead.

Here’s our straightforward travel advice:

  • if you were planning on visiting the affected area, namely the cities of Nova Friburgo, Petrópolis or Teresópolis you are adviced to cancel your trip.
  • if you were planning on visiting the coastal region of Rio de Janeiro (Paraty, Ilha Grande, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Arraial do Cabo, Cabo Frio, Búzios) there is no need for you to change your travel arrangements. You might catch some rain, but that is to be expected: summertime in the south east of Brazil is the rainy season.

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January 14, 2011 | By More