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Carnival rehersals

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Carnival rehersals

My husband and I will be in Rio from the 10th to the 15th of February. We would love to ewatch rehersals for the carnival. If anyone has any information please let me know


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1. Re: Carnival rehersals


Carnaval rehersals are open to the public and usually held weekends (Fridays and Saturdays generally). Most of the samba schools are located in depressed parts of Rio de Janeiro so it would be advisable that you go with a guide or a group. Often You can arrange for a samba rehersal visit through your hotel.

If your Portuguese is fair to good, you can contact the samba school directly. I would recommend Mangueira, Salgueiro, Vila Isabel, and Rocinha as they are all pretty easy to get to from the Ipanema/Copacabana area and they all are very receptive to visiting tourists who either want to watch the rehersal or even participate in the Carnaval parade. Here are links to a few of the most popular samba schools:







I highly recommend attending a samba school rehersal if at all possiible. You'll have a wonderful time and you'll also have a great opportunity to mix and meet with plenty of warm, friendly Brazilians.

I hope that this helps.

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besides the rehershals, you can also attend to some blocos parades. I explain - blocos are groups of people that sing and dance on the streets for free. For the time range you will be here, these are the ones I´d recomend:

on saturday, 10th, Simpatia é Quase Amor, a very traditional bloco from Ipanema, parades for the 1st time (second is during carnival). They meet at General Osório square in Ipanema and start around 3 pm (to meet, they only leave the place 2 hours after)

on sunday 11th, Suvaco do Cristo, another traditional bloco parades, on Jardim Botânico. They never anounce the proper hour they would start parading, but show up around 1 pm at Bar Joia ( corner of jardim botanico and faro streets) and you may find the party.

During the week, many night clubs may have samba parties going on, check with local newspapers or at your hostel / hotel.

Any other question, keep in touch!


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3. Re: Carnival rehersals

Hi Gabriela

We will be in Ipanema on Saturday 27th until Tuesday 31st. Can you recommend a bloco or samba school to visit that weekend?Thanks. Peter

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4. Re: Carnival rehersals

Hello Peter,

Yes, you will be able to check some of the Carnival in Rio. For the samba schools rehershals, I´d follow the other poster recomendation, trying to visit either Vila Isabel (the one that won last year competition) or Salgueiro. Mangueira is also very good, but is very close to the favela, maybe if you are in a group, would be cool. Also, the samba schools do technical rehershals at the Sambadrome, on friday, saturday and sunday. For the weekend you will be here, these are the ones parading:

27/1 — Estácio (07 pm) e Porto da Pedra (09pm

28/1 — Mangueira (07 pm) e Beija-Flor (09pm)

About the street blocos, there is no parade on this weekend. But some would be choosing their music for the parade. On january 30th, the bloco Imprensa que eu Gamo (its the journalists bloco) will have their final, at the club Cabaret Kalesa (Rua Sacadura Cabral, 61 - Praça Mauá - downtown).

And on monday 29th, there is a carnival ball at Circo Voador. The band playing is called Orquestra Imperial, and they play old carnival songs, people wear costumes, is very nice. Circo Voador is in Lapa, just after the arches, you can not miss, is easy to find!!!!

any other questions, feel free to ask!



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5. Re: Carnival rehersals

I just returned from a trip to Rio, and I attended a samba school rehearsal in Mangueira. To be perfectly honest, I did not have the best experience. I only knew of one tour group, which did not reply to my inquiry in time, but according to our Lonely Planet book and the front desk staff at our hotel, it is perfectly safe to go on your own. Lonely Planet said Mangueira on Saturdays is best for tourists, with lots of taxis readily available outside. We arranged for a driver to take us there and back. The rehearsal was in sort of a rec center in the favela (definitely not on the outskirts), and it wasn't much of a rehearsal at all-- more like a community dance party. Perhaps our timing was off-- we were there from 11pm-1am, but there were no performances of dance routines, just a lot of people dancing to a samba band, and it seemed as though most people were middle-aged. We saw only a handful of other tourists (no other Americans), and generally we felt like conspicuous outsiders and very uncomfortable. We had agreed for our driver to pick us up in front of the rec center at 1 am, but he was stuck in traffic (on the small 1-lane street leading into the favela) for half an hour. We found ourselves in the middle of a raucous favela street party, and although no one seemed to pay us any attention I was absolutely terrified (albeit perhaps irrationally so). Contrary to Lonely Planet's description, there was not a single taxi to be found, and I have no idea how we would have gotten back to our hotel had our driver not arrived. I suppose it was enlightening to glimpse favela life, but I was not looking for such an immersion experience, merely an entertaining and authentic dance performance. This is just my own experience, and perhaps it is not representative of other samba school rehearsals, but I wished I had spared the considerable expense and instead gone on a favela tour and spent the night out in Lapa.

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