SALVADOR CARNIVAL 2015 IN BAHIA    FEB 12 to 18
Enjoy the Carnival of Carnivals, the biggest Carnival on earth
in Salvador Bahia Brazil.



Salvador Carnival is "The World's Largest Party". No other popular party in the world is more famous than Salvador Carnival in Bahia Brazil. It is an explosion of happiness you’ve certainly never seen before. The Carnival happens in every city of the country, but no other city in Brazil has a carnival as the Salvador Carnival. We know that this may sound strange to foreigners who always ask: “what about Rio?” No doubt, the carnival parade in Rio is maybe the most beautiful spectacle in the world, but if you are looking for real fun, the Salvador Carnival is the place to go. Salvador Carnival is different and bigger. If in Rio you are a spectator of the parade, in the Salvador Carnival you are the show. If in Rio the carnival parades are done in two days, the Salvador Carnival last one week!!! Carnival in Rio parade is just 700 meters of closed streets while SALVADOR CARNIVAL in Bahia takes kilometers of open streets. Salvador Carnival, or Carnaval (as it's spelled in Portuguese) always starts on a Thursday and it runs "officially" through Tuesday. Unofficially, Salvador Carnival ends on Wednesday noon, with a big parade until wednesday noon. It is not a coincidence that thousands of Brazilians move to Salvador every carnival. Let us try to explain how the things occur. Instead of the famous parade of Samba Schools with those wonderful fantasies that most of the people know, Salvador Carnival happen “behind the Trio Eletrico”.


THE SALVADOR CARNIVAL WAY:

Roughly speaking, the Trio Elétrico is a big truck, driven very slowly, loaded with thousands of watts of sound equipments and with a band playing on the top. Surrounding the truck, there is a big rope carried by hundreds of security guards. This structure is organized by a private company, called “bloco”. Each Bloco sells a different T-shirt called “Abadá”. This T-shirt is your entrance ticket and allows you to get inside the rope area. The biggest Blocos, like the Camaleão, have over four thousand people, dancing, drinking, kissing and having fun during Salvador Carnival. The people who aren't in blocos, and therefore are outside of the rope areas around the trios, are called "Pipoca". Inside the rope the security is good and the situation is reasonably organized, what cannot be said at the “Pipoca”.


SALVADOR CARNIVAL ACCOMMODATIONS

We recommend you to book your Salvador Carnival accommodation in advance. Forget about reasonable pricing and international standards, instead, think about offer and demand. Salvador is a 3 million city, and in just one week of Salvador Carnival 1 million people gathered to enjoy the party. So this is it about Salvador Carnival accommodation prices.

Logically, the closer you stay from the two Salvador Carnival parade areas the more expensive the accommodation. But the impact of 1 million people makes every single place become expensive. No matter your choice, you are basically paying not for the accommodation itself but for attending the biggest party on earth!.

SALVADOR CARNIVAL HOTELS & POUSADAS

You can find these kind of accommodations from BRL 5000 to 8000 a week for two people. The difference depends on the hotel location and facilities. Be aware that "attendance" isn't one of the attractions in Salvador Bahia Hotels, so relax.

SALVADOR CARNIVAL GUESTHOUSES & HOSTELS

These are the best cost-effective accommodation in Salvador Carnival, Either if you don't mind to share a room or if you're coming in a group of 4+ each dolar will give you more satisfaction in these kind of places. Why? Because Salvador is still away from tourism international standards so the more you spend on an accommodation the more you'll complain about it. From the fancy guesthouses and hostels run by foreigners to the cheap (an usually ugly) places to stay prices range from BRL 1000 to BRL 2000 per person for the week, depending on location and facilities. There are only few guesthouses and hostels, maybe just three, that can offer good attendance in foreign languages together with nice decoration, facilities and great mood. Putting together price with accommodation, we recommend:
 www.openhousebarra.com 
 www.carnivalhostel.com 
 www.salvadorms.com 


To find Hostels and Guesthouses in Salvador Bahia we recommend these guides that have realistic ratings about places:
 www.bahiahostels.com 
 www.salvadorhostels.com 
 www.hostelsalvador.com 



SALVADOR CARNIVAL APARTMENTS

Apartments are a great chance for groups, although you have to be careful from who you rent the apartment. A nice full equiped apartment for six people, walking distance to the beach and the carnival cost around BRL 8,000, but If you want something oceanfront with direct view to the carnival parade be prepared to pay something above BRL 14,000. Logically price also depends on how you want to share the apartment, weather you want to stay two people in a room or more. There are also guesthouses and realtors offering shared apartments what is also a good chance for couples or small groups who prefer the privacy of an apartment instead of a shared room on a hostel. The point with apartments is this: Carnival has two parades, one takes place on a very unsafe and ugly neighborhood, (forget about accommodations in the "Avenida - Centro" area) the other takes places in Barra - Ondina, fine and safe areas. So it's simply a matter of availability. Consider that two thirds of apartments offered are occupied by families who agree to rent their places during Carnival, so this is another issue that makes prices increase, since these families have to pay for their accommodation somewhere else. That is why the sooner you book the better the price. Considering price and trustability we recommend:
 www.bahiapart.com 


SALVADOR CARNIVAL PARADES & ABADAS

One tip, if you want to go to Salvador Carnival don’t think about saving money not buying the Abadás! It is absolutely necessary. Other good option is buying an abadá for a “Camarote” (a kind of balcony along the parade route) from which you can watch the trios and whenever jump into the street when you feel like. The most famous Blocos, but not necesarily the best, are "Timbalada", "Crocodilo" led by Daniela Mercury and the traditional afro group "Olodum".

The party normally last for 1 week. There are two main parade routes where the Trios (trucks) pass through. One close to the old district and another by the beach (Barra). Each Trio plays for 3 days on each parade. You can by "abadás" for all these days, or just for one day. If you want, you can also mix different Trios, that is the alternative to see everything the Salvador Carnival can offer. You can also buy "abadás" for the Camarote (balconies), an option for those who want to have fun without getting into the messy crowd. This also provides a great view from the party, free drinks and a dj ambience. Just remember that it is not so safe and comfortable (for the first timers) to stay at the “Pipoca”, so we advice you to buy an "abadá".

Another traditional aspect of the Salvador Carnival are the Afro blocos, that are important agents for the resurgence of African-Brazilian identity and play a major role in social development and educational programs. The blocos Ile-Ayê, Cortejo Afro and Muzenza are among them.

So the are Carnival parades:
1. Barra parade
2. Avenida (Campo Grande) parade
3. Pelourinho unpluged parade

1. Barra parade
The trios start at the Farol da Barra (the light tower) and go along the ocean until Ondina. The course takes about three hours. Nowadays there is a tendency for the bigger names to play on this parade. 2. Avenida (Campo Grande) parade
The trios move from Campo Grande, by the Avenida Sete de Setembro to Praça Castro Alves.

3. Pelourinho unpluged parade
It has been added in the last years No trios here, rather a lot of old-time marching bands.

SALVADOR CARNIVAL TRIOS / BLOCOS

From the musical point of view we recommend these Trios: Olodum, Cortejo Afro, Araketu and Daniela Mercury.

The Police Salvador Carnival is heavily policed, specially in Barra. Stands with five or six seated police officers are everywhere and the streets are constantly patrolled by police groups moving in single file usually arriving quickly to break up into any incident.

How to avoid being robbed during Salvador Carnival
The words "Land of Happiness" are often used to describe Bahia. While there is a strong element of truth in this, the reality is a little more complicated. The larger truth of the matter is that you are in a poor city with plenty of inhabitants who would happily try to by their food and drink by "pickpocketing" in an often unsubtle manner, i.e. hands jammed into your pockets.

How to avoid this? One way is to stay out of and away from the pipoca (the Carnival open crowds) the name comes from people jumping up and down like popcorn popping to the music rhythm). But who wants to come all the way to Bahia and do this?

Better to:
Tie your keys into your shoelaces and keep your money stuffed into your sock.
Better yet: keep your money either in an inside pocket or in a change purse attached by a strong safety pin, to the inside of your Carnival shorts.
Better yet: do the former using gym pants with no outside pockets at all.







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SALVADOR CARNIVAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Carnival Room Accommodations:
 www.openhousebarra.com 
 www.carnivalhostel.com 
 www.salvadorms.com 


Carnival Apartments:
 www.bahiapart.com



Carnival Passes (Abadás)
 www.salvadorcarnival.info (to buy online)


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+ Olodum
+ Cortejo Afro
+ Araketu
+ Daniela Mercury
+ Psirico




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