Why should I book my tickets at RioCarnival.net?
1) Unlike most Rio Carnival ticket vendors, we do not have a handling fee.
2) We are an ARC/IATA licensed agency.
3) We provide you with the best customer service, offering assistance over the phone, email, or by skype. You can talk directly with our seasoned Rio Carnival experts.
4) For your convenience, we offer a Carnival Help Desk during Rio Carnival.
5) We are here to provide you with all the most up-to-date, relevant information and services necessary to Book your Rio Carnival Package!
What are the best Rio Carnival Tickets at the Sambadrome?
The Sambadrome was designed by Oscar Neimeyer with the spectator in mind. Because of this almost every ticket in the house is pretty good, However, if you are truly looking for the best tickets for the parade we recommend the Front Box Tickets, also known as Frisas Tickets.
Located on the same level as the parade runway, these tickets are so close you can actually feel the body heat emanating from the members of the Samba Schools parading directly before you. This unique experience makes Carnival Frisas Tickets the best tickets in the house.
How do I receive my Rio Carnival Tickets?
Carnival tickets are available for pickup from our Carnival Help Desk located in the Hotel Atlantico Copacabana. Tickets and Shuttle Bus Transfers will be at will call under your name, and can either be be picked up with your tickets or can be Delivered to your hotel.
Our delivery fee is a flat rate of $30 USD.
Which tickets are best for me?
This depends on your budget and what you want to take out of your Rio Carnival experience. Before making your ticket purchase we strongly urge you to acquaint yourself with the layout of the Sambadrome, the various types of Rio Carnival Parade tickets offered, in addition to the evolution of the Sambadrome Parade. This means you should consider which day of parade you want to attend, the sector you would like to sit in, and the type of ticket (whether you want to sit in the grandstand bleachers, a front box, a luxury suit or in the allocated chairs).
Can you tell me more about the layout of the Sambadrome?
Sure. The Sambadrome is split into various sectors, or sections. Each of these individual sectors is located directly across the parade runway from another sector, making the venue symmetrical: even numbered sectors are on one side of the runway, and odd numbered sectors are located on the other side. Each sector is numbered, and the numbers increase as you move along the half-mile stretch of the samba runway.
Where does the Rio Carnival parade begin?
The Samba Schools begin their parade processions starting from the lower-numbered sectors, and slowly make their way down the Marquês de Sapucaí towards the higher-numbered sectors, ending at the Apotheosis Square.
Where along the parade route should I sit?
This is a great question. As with any decision, you must weigh out the pros and cons of each section -- and there are many. However, for a quick and easy answer, most people would probably recommend sitting toward the middle of the parade route. This offers you the best views of the parade as a whole, and you can avoid some of the pitfalls related to sitting toward the beginning or the end of the runway. Most of the judges are seated toward the middle of the route, so there has to be some method to that madness. That being said, there are perks to sitting in sectors located both toward the beginning of the runway and toward the end.
What are the perks of sitting at the beginning of the parade route?
First and foremost there is less of a lag time between the performances of the Samba Schools. People seated next to the Apotheosis Square can wait quite some time before the next school's procession reaches them. Second, many find the beginning of the parade to be the most exhilarating, as it is the most anxiously awaited moment of the entire parade. There has been a year since the school's last performance, and this is when the Samba School introduces its theme. The crowd goes wild, so being able to see exactly what everybody is screaming about is a clear benefit.
What perks are there to sitting at the end of the parade route?
Just as the beginning of the parade is exciting, the end of the parade is equally exhilarating. By the time the members of the parading Samba Schools reach the end of the parade route, they are fully warmed up and offer some of the best performances of the entire parade. With the Apotheosis Square in their sight, the parading members realize that this year's Sambadrome Parade is nearing its end, so the energy picks up as they try and make the most of their remaining moments in the spotlight. There is one additional perk for those seated in Sectors 12 and 13. Located in an open air theater around the Apotheosis Square, this is where the Samba Schools gather after the parade. Many take their costumes off and leave them in the Square as they head to any one of the many parties going on throughout Rio, so sitting in these Sectors, while they are not as good for viewing the opening performances, can provide spectators with the opportunity to score a free Samba costume that you can wear to the Carnival Balls!
I heard there have been changes made to the Sambadrome, is this true?
Yes! The Sambadrome was renovated in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games and the seating capacity was raised from 70,000 to 90,000. Also, the long Sector 2 was replaced by Sectors 2, 4, 6, and 8, and are located directly across the parading runway from Sectors 3, 5, 7, and 9. This had the effect of enhancing the acoustics within the Sambadrome, and it also enhanced the visibility of many sectors.
What is the schedule of events in the Sambadrome for Rio Carnival 2013?
While the draws deciding which schools will march on which nights have not yet been decided, we can tell you that there will be four major nights for parades in the Sambadrome (Check back in December for the complete schedule).
1. Saturday, February 9th, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Ten Schools that make up Access Group A will compete in the hopes of being bumped up to the Special Group for next years Carnival.
2. Sunday, February 10th, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
In this Sambadrome Parade, six out of the twelve Samba Schools that make up the Special Group will parade through the Sambadrome. The first parade of Rio Carnival 2013, this is an event not to be missed! This is sure to be one of the most exciting events of Carnival.
3. Monday, February 11th, 2013 -- 9:00 PM
This Sambadrome Parade is when the remaining six Samba Schools that make up the Special Group will display their hard work. The crowds will be enormous and the processions promise to be some of the best of Carnival 2013.
4. Saturday, February 16th, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
The Champion's Parade: after a winner has been announced, the Champion's Parade, in which the top six Samba Schools of the Special Group perform their prizewinning routines, promises to be an unforgettable close to Carnival 2013.
Are there really two parts to the Sambadrome Parade tickets?
When you pick up your Sambadrome Parade ticket/s, they will come in a plastic bag as one (1) ticket attached to a lanyard, with a small segment that will be collected at the gate. If the second part of your ticket gets detached and lost, you will not gain entry into the Sambadrome. Therefore, we suggest leaving your ticket in the plastic bag until you arrive at the gate to avoid any complications. Once you pass the gates, the lanyard must be worn at all times in order to gain entry into your sector (section). You are allowed to move in and out of your sector freely, but re-entry is not permitted once you leave the gates of the Sambadrome.
How can I protect myself against buying fraudulent tickets?
Tips and Recommendations:
1. Buy your tickets through a reliable source (RioCarnival.net, licensed travel agents and reputable hotels).
2. Never purchase tickets from scalpers outside the gates or from peddlers on any street corners or beaches.
3. Don't plan on discounted prices or free admission after the parade has started.
3. Never purchase used tickets in the hopes that they will get you past the guards. They won't.
Can I buy my tickets, transfers and hotels all at once?
Please note that for security purposes, each transaction must be completed through separate checkouts. Checkouts can be done in groups, but each group must be purchased separately. . For example, you can buy more than one ticket to a single parade or a single ball in one checkout, but tickets to two different parades, two different balls, a parade and a ball, or a parade and a transfer must be done through separate transactions.
Can tickets be delivered to Australia?
No . We issue you a receipt that is exchanged in rio de janeiro for the actual tickets. We can deliver them fro a US$30 delivery fee or you can pick the up at our hospitality desk in Copacabana
I am staying at the Bourbon Rio de Janiero hotel on Feb 10 and would like tickets to the Carnival for that night. I would also like a reserved taxi from my hotel to the Carnival and back to my hotel. We are 4 adults. I would also like to sit in section 9 if possible. Thanks
Yes this is possible but you need to request it on the website and not on the FAQ board
can tickets be delivered to me at my cruise ship arriving on feb. 10?
Yes we do deliveries to the ship port.
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