Gettting in the mood for the festive season with images of the São Paulo carnival. Not in the same league as his older brother the Rio carnival, but not a bad alternative at all – miles more affordable!
Want to know what the dates of the 2013 carnival in Brazil are? According to the official calendar, the 2013 carnival will take place between 8 and 13 February.
- The Rio de Janeiro escolas de samba will parade at the sambadrome on Sunday 10 and Monday 11.
- The São Paulo parades will take place on Friday 8 and Saturday 9.
Although the dates seem miles away, the farsighted travellers will make accommodation arrangements for the period long in advance – it is the only way of finding good value accommodation for places like Rio de Janeiro or Salvador.
As more details emerge I will keep you posted.
For those of you keen on attending a soccer/football (futebol in Portuguese) match while in Brazil, the Brazilian Federation of Football’s website contains all the information you need on games listings.
The teams taking part on this year’s first division are, grouped by states (in brackets, after the name of the team, the city and the stadium where they will play this season. Do remember some well-known stadiums are undergoing renovation work for the world cup):
- BAHIA: Bahia (Salvador, Pituaçu).
- GOIÁS: Atlético Goianiense (Goiânia, Serra Dourada).
- MINAS GERAIS: Atlético Mineiro (Belo Horizonte, Independência), Cruzeiro (Uberlândia, João Havelange).
- PARANÁ: Coritiba (Curitiba, Couto Pereira).
- PERNAMBUCO: Náutico (Recife, Aflitos), Sport Recife (Recife, Ilha do Retiro).
- RIO DE JANEIRO: Botafogo (Rio de Janeiro, João Havelange o Engenhão), Flamengo (Rio de Janeiro, João Havelange o Engenhão), Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro, João Havelange o Engenhão) and Vasco (Rio de Janeiro, São Januário).
- RIO GRANDE DO SUL: Grêmio (Porto Alegre, Olímpico), Internacional (Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio).
- SANTA CATARINA: Figueirense (Florianópolis, Orlando Scarpelli).
- SÃO PAULO: Corinthians (São Paulo, Pacaembú), Palmeiras (São Paulo, Pacaembú), Ponte Preta (Campinas, Moisés Lucarelli), Portuguesa (São Paulo, Canindé), Santos (Santos, Vila Belmiro) and São Paulo (São Paulo, Morumbi).
Newcomers this year are Portuguesa, Ponte Preta, Náutico and Sport Recife, two teams from the state of São Paulo and two teams from the city of Recife.
I’ve prepared a GoogleMaps mash-up with the main 1st division soccer stadiums in Brazil:
A few clarifications:
- the Brazilian league is known as the Brasileirão
- unless there is another ongoing competition (Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana) there is usually a round of games during the week (Wednesdays or Thursdays) and another one during the weekend (Saturdays or Sundays). During the weekend all matches are usually played at the same time, either four o’clock or six o’clock.
- unlike the European national championships, the Brasileirão begins in May and ends in December. Halfway through the season, coinciding with the beginning of the European leagues, there is a real exodus of players, bought by European and Asian clubs. Often the squad that begins the league is quite different from the one that finishes it.
- at local derbys (clásicos) emotions run high. You are advised to be careful, as violent clashes between rival fans are frequent, especially on the way to the stadium. Get away from conflict as fast as you can, the police do not deal with troublemakers on a kind fashion.
- in general tickets are much more affordable than in Europe.
We have a brand-new blog devoted entirely to the FIFA World Cup 2014: the World Cup Brazil 2014.
According to the official calendar, the 2012 carnival will take place between 17 and 21 February.
- The Rio de Janeiro escolas de samba will parade at the sambadrome on Sunday 19 and Monday 20.
- The São Paulo parades will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18.
Although the dates seem miles away, the farsighted travellers will make accommodation arrangements for the period long in advance – it is the only way of finding good value accommodation for places like Rio or Salvador.
As more details emerge I will keep you posted.
Welcome to the Brazil Travel Blog and our special report on the São Paulo Indy 300 2011 race.
1. THE DATES
The São Paulo Indy 300 race will be held on Sunday 1 May 2011 (training sessions on the previous day). There is a full schedule of events at the race’s official website.
2. THE CIRCUIT
The race will take place on a makeshift circuit on the north of the city of São Paulo. Among other places, the drivers will race their cars through the São Paulo sambadrome (the carnival will be over by the time of the race).
3. HOW TO GET TO THE CIRCUIT
4. TICKET SALES
Check the official website for more information. Ticket prices from R$180 to R$400 (on the left sidebar of the blog you can check the current exchange rate of the Brazilian real).
5. WHAT TO DO IN SÃO PAULO
Our main entry on São Paulo is Destination: São Paulo. At São Paulo’s top ten I pointed out a few outstanding highlights in the city. And if you have a few days to spare, you could do much worse than having a look at our suggestions of São Paulo getaways.
6. ACCOMMODATION IN SÃO PAULO
You can search for accommodation in São Paulo through our Hotels Combined search engine, a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. It eliminates the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability. An amazing time and money saver!
The results open on a new page.
We have also published a blog post on youth hostels in São Paulo.