Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is famous for being the “Carnival Capital of the World”. The 2010 Rio Carnival begins on Friday, February 12th and ends on February 20th. Although tickets are selling quickly and will soon sell out completely, it is still possible to purchase some; here’s how.
Rio Carnival’s main event is the Samba Parade. Tickets for this event should be purchased as soon as possible; it is so popular that many people begin buying tickets months in advance. An excellent, reputable website to purchase tickets from is www.rio-carnival.net. The ticket levels available from this site are as follows: grandstand tickets, allocated chair tickets, front box tickets, and luxury suite tickets.
Grandstand tickets are bleacher seats, and are the most economical tickets available. Prices (at this time) range from $160 USD to $576 USD, depending on the sector the seat is in. Allocated chair tickets are affordable assigned seats. Prices range from $129 to $230. Front box tickets are also known as “frisas,” which are open boxes with numbered chairs that sit six people with six chairs and a coffee table. Prices for theses seats range from $255 to as much as $1757.
Lastly, the luxury suite tickets are mezzanine boxes. These are the most desirable tickets to have, and therefore the most expensive. Not only do they offer a great view from a private suite, they also come with a personal waiter who will serve a buffet with appetizers, an entrée, fruit, desserts and alcoholic beverages. The luxury suite tickets are recommended for groups of people, and prices range from $778 to $2075 per person.
Why the range in prices for each of these levels of tickets? Some nights are more popular, and therefore more desirable. Also, with the exception of the luxury suites, each ticket type has sectors. Some sectors offer better seats than others, therefore also increasing the price.
Despite the fact that some of the ticket types for Carnival dates are already sold out, www.rio-carnival.net is offering a 20% discount right now to sell out the remaining tickets. However, before booking any tickets, make sure that flights and hotel rooms are still available to get to Carnival. There is no point in purchasing a Carnival ticket if there is no way to travel there.
For those still seeking to purchase tickets after they have sold out completely, consider trying to find tickets for purchase on an online auction site such as Ebay. Very often travelers have to cancel plans at the last minute; it is possible to get reasonable tickets this way from someone who would otherwise lose the money they spent on a ticket. Make sure to check the seller’s feedback before purchasing, however, to make sure they are reputable.