On this page you will find an explanation about the four types of tickets available for this coming Rio Carnival: Grandstands, Open Boxes, Allocated Chairs and Luxury Suites. Sectors at the Rio Sambodromo are also explained below. If you have questions on what Rio Carnival tickets to get or which days to attend, contact our Carnival Help Desk by e-mail, phone or skip at normal business hours.
2014 Rio Carnival tickets will be your passport to an unforgettable experience and fortunately there are a host of options for you to review while choosing your Samba parade tickets in the great Sambodrome.
The first thing you should consider is the types of tickets you would like to buy. There are four options:
Other names: Arquibancadas, Bleachers.
FRONT BOXES (pink)
Other names: Open Boxes, Frisas.
ALLOCATED CHAIRS (green)
Other names: Numbered Chairs, Cadeiras Avulsas, Assigned Chairs.
LUXURY SUITES (blue)
Other names: Covered Suites, Camarotes, Private Suites.
A Word about Orientation at Rio Sambodromo
As indicated in the map, the front boxes of the Sambodromo are located closest to the samba parade runway on either side of it. Next comes the luxury suites which are located at an elevation, thus giving a broader view of the entire show.
Furthest away from the runway are the grandstands, also at an elevation. The allocated chairs are located closer to the end of the runway. If looking towards the end of the runway, even numbered sectors flank the right side of the Sambodrome, while odd numbered sectors are on the left.
The image below represents the new design of the sambodromo for 2014. You will be able to see the types of tickets for the Rio Carnival represented in colors.
Tickets for Rio Carnival Special Samba Parades on Sunday and Monday are the most sought after and sell out months before the carnival fills up the streets of Rio de Janeiro. No matter where you sit, you can be sure to have an amazing time at the Rio Sambodromo. After all, it's the biggest party on Earth.
Grandstand seats are actually Rio Carnival Tickets that offer a place in the cement. They are the most affordable and popular types of carnival tickets that offer a bird's eye view of the parade. The grandstands have free seating available on a first come first serve basis. Although there are no chairs in the grandstands, It is wise to reach the Sambodromo early if you want a prime spot in the stand. Grandstand tickets are available for Sectors 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 right here at our website. Sector 9 is the only grandstand sector with allocated seating. This is where most Rio Carnival Tickets are sold to tourists. Sector 7 offers great views from the front and rear of the parade, among the grandstands, which is why Carnival tickets are a bit more expensive than other sectors.
Allocated Chairs or Cadeiras Avulsas
The cadeiras or allocated chairs are located in front of the grandstands in Sectors 12 and 13. Chairs are well laid out on sloping steps that allow unrestricted views of the runway. Tickets are moderately priced while you also have the privilege of moving around while your seat is taken care of. The biggest block of cadeiras is in Sectors 12 and 13, located towards the end of the runway, almost at the Apotheosis Square.
Frisas or Open Boxes
The open boxes or Frisas are in our opinion the best tickets in the house. Many experts recommend the frisas as an affordable alternative with the best views of the samba runway. Frisas, the best Rio Carnival Tickets you can get, are available from Sectors 2 thru Sector 11 with a seating capacity of 6 in each box along with a coffee table. You will seat as close to the runaway as it gets, to enjoy the best of the Rio carnival and feel the pulsating beats of the drummers get you into the groove. The good thing is you don't need to book the entire box for 6, since single tickets can be purchased. Boxes are arranged in four rows from A to D, with A and B being the closest to the runway.
Luxury Suites or Camarotes
The most expensive seats at the Sambodromo are undoubtedly the luxury suites or Camarotes now available from Sector 2 to Sector 11. You will find celebrities, politicians, and royalty enjoying the parade from these boxes. Camarotes are ideal for larger groups of 12 or more. The price includes a buffet dinner, plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a waiter in attendance. Private security is also available at the sector. Luxury comes at a price; however, the camarotes offer great value for money especially at the biggest party on the planet.
Sector 1 – Watching Samba Schools at Formation
Sector 1 will allow you to watch the samba schools making they way to the runaway, before they really start to parade, which happens in Sector 3. Because the Sector 1 Rio Carnival tickets are distributed among members of samba schools, giving them an opportunity to join in the celebrations, the sector offers a vibrant experience from the bleachers. With a bigger capacity than other sectors, and filled with young cariocas and samba lovers at heart, the sector is the loudest and liveliest, definitely a place for the young at heart to join in the revelry. If your goal, however, is to watch the parade, Sector 1 is not the right sector for you.
Sector 3, 5 and 7 Grandstands – Affordable seating with great views
These sectors offer great views of the Samba Parade, with sector 7 being the best where most of the judges are seated. The carnival tickets are general admission type and the seats aren't numbered so you need to be an early bird to find the best possible seats, in the cement. Sectors 3 and 5 are priced lower, but the crowds get livelier. Tickets for sector 7 are usually higher but you get to see each school putting up their ultimate performance in order to attract the attention of the judges. These seats are undoubtedly a great way to enjoy the sights and sound of the Rio Carnival.
Sector 2, 4,6 and 8 Grandstands – Affordable seating with great views
These sectors are new at the Rio Sambodromo. Located directly opposite Sectors 3, 5, 7 and 9, they will offer great views of the Samba Parade, with sector 8 being the best considered that's the area where most of the judges are seated. All tickets are general admission type and the seats aren't numbered so you need to be an early bird to find the best possible seats, in the cement. These seats are great and provide excellent views of the Rio Samba parade.
Sector 9 – The Tourist Section
Sector 9 tickets are assigned - as you can see at the picture above - so you get to hold your own space marked on the cement. Most tickets to Sector 9 are allocated to tourists so you won't find much of a carioca crowd settling in here. The sector 9 offers a better service than the others, with multi-language speaking guides around to help tourists from all over. However, you can expect the best views of the samba strip and plenty of room to stretch your legs during the breaks. The atmosphere tends to heat up much faster with the drummers' niche right next door. If you are looking for comfort and a civilized atmosphere, this is the place for you.
Sector 10 – Best for the Open Boxes
Offering affordable tickets at grandstands and bleachers, the sector 10 is very popular among Cariocas and small group of native Rio carnival lovers. Sector 10 carnival tickets are a very good bet for those looking to watch the Samba School formed from beginning to end, from the heights, in a rainbow of colors with all its floats and wings. The frisas, or open boxes, are also the least expensive from the Rio Sambodromo
Sector 11 – Best view of the drummer
Rio Carnival Tickets for sector 11 are booked by big groups, including cruise lines and are hard to come by. Opposite from Sector 10, the Sector 11 is located very close to the drummers' niche so be prepared to get into the groove much before anyone else. From this block, you get a nice view of the parade as the schools march towards the end of the samba runway.
Sector 12 and 13 – Choose the Cadeiras or Allocated Chairs
Sector 12 and 13 are located at the end of the runaway with one facing the other. Because tickets are assigned at a lower price, they are considered to offer the best value at the sambodromo They are located at the very end of the samba parade, close to the Apotheosis. The chairs are organized in an open-air theatre with the long lines of chairs facing the parade. Allocated chairs are ideal for those who want to secure a chair without paying the open box seat prices. If you are looking for value for money then this is a good place to choose your tickets.
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