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RIO CARNIVAL
7 days / 6 nights - February 2010
 
Carnaval Rio de Janeiro
 

Day 1 / wednesday 02.03.11: EUROPE / DEPARTURE

Day 2 / Thursday 03.03.11: RIO : RIO / CORCOVADO & CARNIVAL OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH

At 09:00am, our English-speaking guide meets us at the hotel.
Climb to the Corcovado, universally known symbol of the town of Rio.
The ascent to 700 meters above sea level will be done by car. Once on the summit, we take the time to appreciate the unique and enchanting panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (magnificent city).
Rio spreads under our feet, majestic and languid. This advantageous point of view gives us a better understanding of the physical and "social" topography of the town.
In the middle of the day, our English-speaking guide meets us at the hotel and takes us to the discovery of a different aspect of Rio’s carnival: its street carnival.
From Copacabana to Ipanema via Flamengo and Santa Teresa, we explore town in search of spontaneous neighborhood parades, totally unbridled and 100 % popular.
The itinerary will be defined in accordance with the guide, in function of the "official" program.
It can be modified at any time depending on unforeseeable circumstances, unannounced events, spontaneous inspiration, or invitations that we may receive during the day. An opportunity to let ourselves be carried away by the sweet madness of the carnival…
Return to the hotel at the end of the day.
Entrance to the Corcovado included. Meals open. Night in hotel.
Option: Helicopter flight of a few minutes from the mirador of Dona Marta.

 

Day 3 / Friday 04.03.11: RIO / SANTA TERESA, THE CENTER & CARNIVAL NIGHT

Our English-speaking guide meets us at the hotel at 09:00 for the visit of town.
Climb to the Corcovado, universally known symbol of the town of Rio.
By car, we climb to an elevation of 700 meters above sea level. Once on the summit, we take the time to appreciate the unique and enchanting panoramic view of the “cidade maravilhosa” (magnificent city).
Rio spreads under our feet, majestic and languid. This advantageous viewpoint gives us a better understanding of the physical and “social” topography of the town.
We descend via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, at the time when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal powers where located there.
Surrounded by the agglomeration, the neighborhood has lost its exclusive character, and the wealth of the area has moved to the Southwest of Rio, to Barra da Tijuca.
Santa Teresa shelters today an unconventional population, constituting the bohemian quarter of modern Rio.
In the afternoon, visit of Rio’s city center, where in a few minutes we pass from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops. Many styles, one frame of mind, this is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony.
Among the possible visits (to be coordinated with the guide depending on opening times, of your centers of interest, of eventual manifestations organized that day): Imperial Municipal (replicate of the Opera Garnier in France), foundation Banco do Brasil, casa da França (old custom house), national History museum, largo da Carioca, convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, plaza Tiradentes ...
And if you feel like it, go for a cold beer at Luis’ bar where the decor seems to not have changed since its construction… at the beginning of the 19th century.
Entrance to museums and monuments included. Meals not included. Night in hotel.
Note: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays and holidays.

* SAMBA SCHOOL NIGHT
Our English-speaking guide picks us up at the hotel around 09:30pm (coordinate pick up time with him). Departure for a popular neighborhood of Rio, to attend the pre-carnival meeting of a samba school.
Like for soccer, one is involved in a samba school since birth, and fidelity is an intangible rule. This act of belonging is celebrated at the headquarter/social club of the samba school, large warehouse entirely decorated with the colors of the school.
Starting beginning of December, the members meet there on the weekends, whole families and groups of friends, to prepare for the competition at the end of February.
Fabrication of the costumes, rehearsal of the song that is to be the school’s hymn during the next carnival, rehearsal of the orchestras, it’s in an informal atmosphere that the community celebrates its union and the joy to find themselves under the same banner.
Our guide takes us back to the hotel before 01:00am.
Note: each samba school meets only once a week, preferably between Friday and Sunday. This soiree can only be organized those days.
Included: English-speaking guide / entrance / round-trip transportation to the hotel

Day 4 / Saturday 05.03.11: RIO / SAMBA LESSON & SUGARLOAF

The morning is dedicated to the discovery of the famous samba.
This music, resulting from a fabulous mix of influences, draws its deepest roots from the African musical tradition, imported to Brazil by the millions of black slaves torn from their birth land to provide unskilled labor in the sugar cane, cafe or cacao plantations, which, for a long time, were the only resources of Brazil.
At 10:00am, we receive the visit, in our hotel, of a private, English-speaking, samba instructor.
For 2 hours, he progressively initiates us to the rapid steps of the different samba dances (samba no pé, samba de gafieira, jongo), and teaches us to recognize between cuica, agogo and pandeiro, the rhythm to follow to move our body in harmony with the music.
After lunch, we leave for the visit to the Sugarloaf. We drive to the cable car that will take us to the summit of the Sugarloaf (400 m.a.s.l.), idealistic view of the city and the entrance of Guanabara Bay. Return to the hotel at 01:00pm (or 06:00pm).
Entrance to Sugarloaf included.Meals not included. Night in hotel.

 

Day 5 / Sunday 06.03.11: RIO / THE FAVELAS& CARNIVAL OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH

Departure from the hotel at 09:00 by minibus (group service, 4 to 9 person max). A specialized guide takes us on an "off-the-beaten-path" visit: the favelas. These incursions of a few hours in a different reality of Rio, gives us a complete and realistic vision of life in Carioca, far from the images of violence or of poverty that are the only ones transmitted by a media lacking originality.
At the heart of these popular and "lawless" neighborhoods (the favelas are originally illegal land occupations), Brazilians organize themselves and live in a dignified and solitary manner.
After lunch, our English-speaking guide meets us at the hotel and takes us to the discovery of a different aspect of Rio’s carnival: its street carnival.
From Copacabana to Ipanema via Flamengo and Santa Teresa, we explore town in search of spontaneous neighborhood parades, totally unbridled and 100 % popular.
The itinerary will be defined in accordance with the guide, in function of the “official” program.
It can be modified at any time depending on unforeseeable circumstances, unannounced events, spontaneous inspiration, or invitations that we may receive during the day. An opportunity to let ourselves be carried away by the sweet madness of the carnival…
Return to the hotel at the end of the day.
Meals open. Night in hotel.
Note: an association founded by people originally from the favelas organizes the visits to the favelas. This association donates a significant part of their income to the inhabitants of the neighborhood by financing development or social projects.
In 2007, their contribution reached close to $ 22,000 US.

 

Day 6 / Monday 07.03.11: RIO / CARNIVAL AT SAMBODROMO

Day open to witness the Carnival in the streets.
The parade leaves from the Sambodrome starting at 21:00, and goes on until 05:00 …
Entrance to the Sambodrome included. Meals open. Night in hotel
Round-trip transportation to the hotel is included.
Note: possibility of switching day 1 and 2 of the Carnival (Sambodromo the 06.03 and street carnival the 07.04).

 

video show sambodromo 2010

 

SAMBODROMO 2011 PROGRAMATION

Sunday the 6th of March

 

Monday the 7th of March

21:00

São Clemente

 

21:00

União da Ilha

22:05 > 22:20

Imperatriz

 

22:05 > 22:20

Salgueiro

23:10 > 23:40

Mocidade Independente

 

23:10 > 23:40

Portela

00:15 > 01:00

Unidos Tijuca (champion 2010)

 

00:15 > 01:00

Grande Rio

01:20 > 02:20

Vila Isabel

 

01:20 > 02:20

Porto da Pedra

02:25 > 03:40

Mangueira

 

02:25 > 03:40

Beija Flor

WHERE TO SEE THE PARADE?

iThere are 3 types of seats in sambodrome (total capacity 60.000 seats).

Economical > "arquibancadas" (bleachers / grandstand seats)
They are in concrete, like in a football stadium.
To watch almost 9 hours of parade, it can become inconfortable, specially if weather is hot, or if it rains, 2 possibilities in Rio at that time of the year.
It's better to arrive soon in order to have good seats. Except in setor 9 (traditionnally prefered by tourists) where seats are numbered (but also more expensive).

Compromise price/confort > "frisas" (mezzanine boxes)
At ground level (below terraces, in pink on the map), frisas have individual chairs.

Confort > "camarotes" (private boxes)
Boxes (setor 2 on the map) are all private. The most expensive seats, a good option for a big group.

SAMBODROMO MAP

Day 7 / Tuesday 08.03.11: RIO OPEN

Day open.
Meals not included. Night in hotel.


Day 8 / wednesday 09.02.10: RIO / DEPARTURE

Departure from the hotel in private transportation 3 hours before the take off and transfer to the airport.
International flight (not included / flight number and schedule to be detailled).
Meal open.

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