Mirasol Copacabana Hotel Ltda

, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Mirasol Copacabana Hotel Ltda

, Rio de Janeiro
Rua Rodolfo Dantas, 86 - Rio de Janeiro - 22020040 - Brazil Hotel Website | | 55 21 25428787
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Rio carnival tips - If you have a group of you, consider renting an apartment for carnival week. We got an really nice apartment for 5 in leblon for around $60US each per night which I think was about the same price that the hostels were charging! - Try and make all your bookings (flights, accomodation etc) at least a couple of months in advance. Prices tend to be set in advance but most accomodation will be fully booked after this time. - Be aware that the main Rio Carnival samba parade is a very commercial event and is geared towards the tourists, in fact many locals prefer to leave Rio altogether and go to other areas of the country such as Salvador where it all takes place in the streets. That said the street parties (bandas) are really good in Rio and pretty much what you would expect for a carnival - a few thousand people drinking and partying in the streets, and they are completely free whereas apparently to get the best out of the street parties in Salvador you need to pay around $100US a time to get into the central (and safer) section of the bloco. We went to the bandas round Ipanema and Leblon of which there seemed to be one every night, moving slowly through the steets while blocking all the traffic, and ending up on the beach where the party went on till dawn. Everywhere you go there are street vendors selling beers or caiparinhas for about $3US which was great although toilet facilities were a bit "sneak into the nearest bar". - The samba parade is definitely worth a visit - we went on the Sunday because some of us had paid to join the parade. There are a few websites that can arrange this for you and you get to keep the outfit afterwards although we had to ditch most of it after the parade because they were too big (the head-dress especially) to fit in our luggage. It cost us $300US each and this doesn't get you entry to the grandstands afterwards, you just turn up about an hour before when they are arranging everyone, then you parade slowly down the Sambadrome concourse for about an hour and end up on the street at the other end. It's great to say you've been in the parade but you don't really get to see much of it, for that you need to get grandstand tickets - we bought ours off some guy on the beach although I noticed all the hostels were selling them for around the same price. We paid $120US for sector 11 which I would certainly recommend as the view is just as good as some of the other sectors which are much more expensive for some reason? Most of the sectors seemed to have similar quality of view apart from sector 4 which is slightly restricted and sectors 13 and 6 which are really restricted (but cost almost nothing). We had to go on the sunday because we were parading but I would actually recommend going on the saturday as the tickets were around 1/3 the price for some reason, I guess because the more famous samba schools parade on the sunday and monday, but I watched some of it on the tv and it looked just as good as the sunday. You are allowed to bring in drinks in plastic water bottles although it isn't expensive to buy alcohol in the stadium. The parade goes on from 9pm till 6am each night but it does get a bit samey after you've seen a hundred floats and heard the same samba school song played on repeat for an hour each time. We left around 1am and went back to the beach party. Oh, one more thing - don't expect to see hundreds of hot females wearing next to nothing, almost everyone is dressed up in huge costumes. There were one or two though... :) - there is a pretty good map of the sambadrome and its sectors at http://www.rioforpartiers.com/wathcing-carnival.html#tickets - Safety: we found carnival around Ipanema and Leblon to be perfectly safe and I certainly didn't feel uncomfortable walking around on my own at night. I think there are quite a few pick pockets around (mostly kids) - a girl I was with had her phone lifted out of her handbag at one of the beach parties, but we didn't see any violence of any kind. People told us that Copocabana was a bit seedy (there is a favella at one end) and there were plenty of poorer locals in the area around the Sambadrome downtown, but there was also a large police presence here and again we felt perfectly safe. - other stuff: there's basically loads of events going on around carnival so you shouldn't short of stuff to do. We found Deep Dish playing at a club one night and there are lots of carnival balls which sounded good although we never made it to any. Be aware that carnival is towards the end of the summer season and everyone goes back to work on the Wed so if you are planning a 2 week trip you'll probably find a lot more going on in the week before carnival than the week afterwards.

Bar d'hotel restaurant This restaurant in front of the beach is amazing. goog food, good ambience. the view of leblon beach is wondrerdul

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  • Address: Rua Rodolfo Dantas, 86 - Rio de Janeiro - 22020040 - Brazil
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