Carnaval in Sao Paulo - Carnival on a Shoestring...
‘Carnival on a shoestring’, that is perhaps a good way to describe
Carnival in Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo does not have the name of a Carnival destination in the first place, but also many locals will leave the city over the holidays. Furthermore, most of the business visitors are not around either, as the whole country comes to a stop this time of year. Result: to Sao Paulo standards a quiet city!
|For this reason, there are often good deals regarding
accommodation in Sao Paulo, in contrary to virtually all other
destinations in Brazil during Carnaval.
But mind you, Sao Paulo for sure does have its very own Carnaval!
Like Rio de Janeiro,
Sao Paulo has a Sambódromo, about 6 km/ 4 miles north of the historic centre, in an area called Santana. Tickets to the parades are cheaper than in Rio de Janeiro.
Not in Rio for Carnival? Don't worry, Sao Paulo has a Sambódromo as well
The most spectacular nights of the Sao Paulo carnaval are on Friday and Saturday (in Rio de Janeiro these are on Sunday and Monday nights).
Other than that, street parties (‘blocos’) are limited. Most Carnival parties in Sao Paulo are organized indoor, like bars and nightclubs, and are usually with costume dress code. Check out the many adds a few days in advance and pick the to you most appealling
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