This Feb will be my first visit to Carnival and only my 2nd to Rio (First one is in Jan for 2 days). I'm trying to get a good idea of all the happenings and activities that go on. I read some threads on here but they were a couple years old. I also found http://rio-carnival.net
with a good bit of info on it and I'm still taking in more from that site. But, I wanted to get the take from the experienced people here. My schedule is that I get in mid-day on Saturday and leave on Wed.
I figure the parade on Sunday is a must-do thing. Should I try to buy tickets online beforehand or would it be better to find an agency and purchase them once I get there. Any recommendations on places to buy the tickets and/or reasonably priced seating locations would be appreciated.
What other things should I look at doing for Monday & Tuesday? Are there more parades? Other events?
Which Carnival Ball would be recommended? I'll be there with a semi-gf so not looking for a strictly singles scene. Is the Scala Ball of the Marvelous City
on Sat worth the $54pp ticket?