I'm planning a backpacking trip around South America (8 months, starting in October). I want to go to the Carnival in Brazil so am planning my route to be there on the dates.
From what I have read Salvador looks better than Rio, I've nothing to base this on so any advise on where the best place to experience the carnival is would be great.
Also, I'm looking at booking my hostel now as I've heard that they sell out pretty quickly. I was hoping somebody can recommend some nice hostels to stay in. My main concerns are price (cheaper the better but don't mind paying a little extra if the venue justifies it), safety and location (not too far away from the action so I don't have to walk through the streets at night), atmosphere (I'm traveling alone so it'd be nice to stay somewhere I can make some friends to enjoy the carnival with).
I backpacking so looking for a dorm in a hostel rather than a hotel.
Am I being sensible in booking this far in advance or is it not necessary or too late to find somewhere?
Thanks for all your help everyone, it really is genuinely appreciated and I look forward to helping other after my trip :)
You better stay at Hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho. I have stayed there several times for Carnival and it definitely match what you are looking for. The whole hotel os occupied with tourists of the carnival... Location is very convenient, although you should take a cab to come back to the hotel at the end of the party because you will probably be exhausted.
You should also think and buy in advance what is called abadas. Basically it is a t-shirt that grants you the right to participate in the Blocos, which are the group separated from the rest of the people and follow this huge truck that carries the band... This truck is called Trio Eletrico! To buy this abadas you can visit www.centraldocarnaval.com.br, this is a safe web page. I really advise the following Blocos: Camaleao, Nana Banana, Me Abraca and Cocobambu, the last 2 you have to buy in another website.
I have never been to Carnival in Rio, but it seems to be great, but more a kind of show than a party... I think Salvador is a best choice... about 8 years ago
Sal, I'm sure you'll get lots of great advice (like Brito's), but we have a great article about surviving Carnival on WorldNmads.com.... hope it helps a bit.
Phil about 8 years ago
Hi Sal, the 2 cities have great and different carnival. I recommend Rio, because it's more tradicional and the city have lots of others attractions.
You need to make the reservations as early as you can, cause it's cheaper and easier to find best places.
Have a nice trip! about 8 years ago
I'm in Brazil at the moment, currently in Arraial d'Ajuda (it's beautiful, well worth a visit). I've left everything until the last minute and have been travelling around via bus as the flights are so expensive, it takes a while but the buses are so much cheaper and they're very comfy. Good bus companies to look into are Aguia Branca and Sao Geraldo.
I'll be travelling to Rio by bus on the 26th and travelling around with Cruz the Coast, in time for carnival in Salvador, which I have yet to experience but have been told it's an amazing experience. I'm really looking forward to it!
I'm also doing some promotional work for friends company called Stoke Travel http://stoketravel.com/carnival-salvador-bahia-brazil/ they are providing all inclusive camping accommodation in Salvador during carnival. The campsite is right by the beach and they have availability for around 100 guests. Unlike other types of accommodation there is no minimum stay and if you use the promo code "Caipirinha" when booking you get FREE caipirinhas for the duration of your stay!
Anyways, I'll be there and there's my advice and plug!
Gem over 6 years ago