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It’s not too early to start planning your trip to the Rio Carnival 2010

rio-carnivaRio has become synonyms with the Carnival and each year millions of travelers from all over the world plan their vacation around this great event. So it only makes sense to start planning your trip in advance, especially if you want to find a place to stay and not pay an arm and a leg for the flights.

When does the carnival take place in 2010?

The Rio Carnival takes place between Feb 13 and Feb 16, 2010. It comprises parades, several competitions and balls (even a gay costume ball).

Planning the budget: flights and accommodation

Airfare to Rio de Janeiro is not hard to find, but the demand is high for the Carnival period. Therefore it’s wise to start looking for flights as soon as possible. For example, a round trip (indirect) flight from Los Angeles to Rio costs from $900 if you book the flight now. And if you were to fly from New York, the prices start at only $731 for a round trip (indirect) flight. With that being said, look for different cities to fly out of and decide which the best option for your budget is.

As for cheap hotels in Rio , the chances to find a good hotel for an affordable price are higher if you book the accommodation in advance. You can find rooms starting at $62 per night in 2-star hotels located close to the famous Rio beaches or right in the middle of the city.

The parades taking place at the Carnival in 2010

There are five different parades taking place at the Sambodrom:

Fri, Feb 12 (7 p.m.) – Children’s Samba Schools: a lot of samba schools formed from the children in the community parade during this event.

Sat, Feb 13 (9 p.m.) – Samba Schools in the Access Group (Group A): 12 samba schools are in this group and the champion advances to the Special Group.

Sun, Feb 14 & Mon, Feb 15 – Samba Schools in the Special Group: it is the most important event of the Carnival and the reason why this Carnival is so popular. The opening ceremony takes place at 8 p.m. and the parades start at 9 p.m. There are 6 schools parading each day.

Tue, Feb 16 (9 p.m.) – Samba Schools in Group “B”: these are the base groups, from which the major samba schools evolved.

Sat, Feb 20 – Champions Parade: the six best Samba schools from the previous week parade for one last time

Ticket prices

Children under 5 enter for free. Adult price for charged for anyone older than 5 years old. The prices vary according to the sector (sector 9 is the most expensive and is known as the “tourist sector). The best locations are to be found in sectors 5, 7, 9 and 11.

For example, in sector 5, tickets cost $229 per person for the Feb 14 and Feb 15 events and $149 per person for the Feb 20 parade. The ticket prices are cheaper in sector 11 ($125 and $191).