LATAM Airline will launch the first route connecting Israel and Latin America with a new flight from Tel Aviv to Santiago (Chile), via São Paulo (Brazil), as of December. There will be three weekly flights by Boeing 787 aircraft offering 217 economy seats and 30 in premium business.
For 2018 the airline has announced a further 14 international routes that include flights to Rome from São, Paulo, which began in March as well as new operations to Las Vegas (June), Boston (July), Lisbon, and from Fortaleza, in the Brazilian northeast, to Orlando, Florida.
The first scheduled nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Brazil will begin 2 June 2018 with services every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The initial seasonal service will operate through 30 September 2018. The route will then return on 15 December 2018 through 28 February 2019.
Brazil represents Las Vegas’seventh strongest overseas market and is the greatest source of international visitors from South America, with more than 150,000 Brazilians visiting annually.
The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2018 were:
- Beija-Flor (269.6 points out of 270)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (269.5)
- Salgueiro (269.5)
- Portela (269.94)
- Mangueira (269.3)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.3)
- Unidos da Tijuca (269.1)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,8)
- Vila Isabel (268.1)
- União da Ilha (267.3)
- São Clemente (266.9)
- Grande Rio (266.8)
- Imperio Serrano (265.6)
Grande Rio and Imperio Serrano are relegated while Viradouro has been promoted to parade amongst the elite samba school of Rio on 3 and 4 March 2019.
Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2013-2018), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:
- Beija-Flor (73 points)
- Salgueiro (72)
- Portela (66)
- Unidos da Tijuca (61)
- Mangueira (45)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (37)
- Grande Rio (36)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (33)
- Unidos de Vila Isabel (27)
- União da Ilha do Governador (18)
[Schools score 20 points for a win, 15 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, 10 for 4th, 8 for 5th, 6 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th]
As we countdown to carnival in Rio the main samba schools, that make up the Grupo Especial, will parade on the nights of Sunday, 11 February and Monday, 12 February.
13 schools will parade in 2018, that is one more than normal after no school was relegated in 2017 and Império Serrano were promoted. It is expected that two schools will be relegated this year. For a full description of the parade visit our sister site, Rio:The Guide, or CLICK HERE
Following the draw by the League of Samba School (LIESA), seven schools will parade on Sunday, 11 February and six on Monday, 12 February. The order (and approximate start time) is:
Sunday, 11 February
- Império Serrano (21.15)
- São Clemente (22.00-22.30)
- Vila Isabel (23.25-23.45)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (00.30-01.00)
- Grande Rio (01.35-02.15)
- Mangueira (02.40-03.30)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (03.45-04.45)
Monday, 12 February
- Unidos da Tijuca (21.15)
- Portela (22.00-22.30)
- União da Ilha (23.25-23.45)
- Salgueiro (00.30-01.00)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (01.35-02.15)
- Beija-Flor (02.40-03.30)
The titles and rough theme of each samba school for 2018 – and many are likely to be political in content – are:
Sunday, 11 February
- Império Serrano – O Império na Rota da China (A look at the silk route and the influences of China in Brazil)
- São Clemente – Academicamente Popular (A celebration of the centenary of Rio’s Escola de Belas Artes – School of Fine Arts)
- Vila Isabel – Corra, que o futuro vem aí!(Man’s discoveries and inventions and their impact on the environment and how we live)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti – Meu Deus, meu Deus, está extinta a escravidão? (The story of slavery in Brazil)
- Grande Rio – Vai para o trono ou não vai? (A celebration of the centenary of the birth of one of Brazil’s most popular entertainers and communicators, Chacrinha)
- Mangueira – Com dinheiro ou sem dinheiro, eu brinco (A comment on the importance of carnival to the people and city even in an economic crisis)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel – Namastê… A Estrela que habita em mim saúda a que existe em você (A look at the impact and influences of India on Brazil)
Monday, 12 February
- Unidos da Tijuca – Um coração urbano, Miguel, o arcanjo das artes, saúda o povo e pede passagem! (The school honours the popular actor, director and writer Miguel Falabella)
- Portela – De repente de lá pra cá e dirrepente de cá pra lá (Looks at immigrants across the ages and their search for peace and liberty)
- União da Ilha – Brasil bom de boca (A look at Brazil’s culinary delights)
- Salgueiro – Senhoras do Ventre do Mundo (The importance and power of black women)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense – Uma noite real no Museu Nacional (The theme is the 200 year history of the National Museum, once home to the Emperors)
- Beija-Flor – Monstro é aquele que não sabe amar. Os filhos abandonados da pátria que os pariu (Using the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein” as the hook, the school looks at intolerance to those who are different)
Amaszonas Paraguay, a subsidiary of the Bolivian operator Amaszonas, has added two new Brazilian destinations to its route map this week, with the carrier launching flights to-and-from Asuncion (ASU) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP).
Fights to Rio are flown three times weekly, while Sao Paulo is served four times weekly.
The one-hour flight between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is again the busiest airline route in the Americas, new research by Routesonline has found.
More than four million people travelled the 378 km between São Paulo Congonhas (CGH) and Rio de Janeiro’s Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) over the past 12 months, putting it comfortably at number one in the rankings.
With an average of 110 flights per day – or one every 13 minutes – the short hop connects São Paulo with Rio de Janeiro. The route is served by GOL Linhas Aereas, LATAM Airlines Brasil and Avianca Brasil, with the three airlines having a 42 percent, 40 percent and 18 percent capacity share of the market respectively. The average base fare for the journey is $93.
Routesonline’s research used OAG’s Schedules Analyser to identify the top 200 routes in North and South America by capacity from 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017. The routes were then ranked by passenger figures using data provided by Sabre Airline Solutions over the same time period.
The second busiest route in the Americas connects the capital of Mexico with the tourist hotspot of Cancún. Almost 3.7 million passengers travelled the 1,294 km between Mexico City Juarez (MEX) and Cancun (CUN), with the average cost of a ticket $72.
After a gap of seven years Brazil has returned to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking,
Not since elimination from 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa at the hands of the Netherlands – being passed in the table by eventual champions Spain and the Netherlands has Brazil held the No1 position. However, recent wins over Uruguay and Paraguay in booking their place at Russia 2018 secured their return to top spot.
After lodging an appeal with the League of Samba Schools, that are responsible for the parade of the top samba schools, it was decided that Mociade should share the title of champions of the 2017 carnival with Portela.
Mocidade had appealed after it learnt a judge had marked its Comissão de Frente on the wrong set of rules. They had dropped .1 of a point when it should not have done. With that extra .1 Mocidade’s score was the same as Portela. 269.9 points out of a possible 270.
It is Mocidade’s sixth title, having last won in 1996.
After a wait of 33 years Portela, one of Rio’s oldest and most iconic samba schools, is champion of Rio’s carnival again. And by the narrowest of margins of just point one of a point out of 270. Portela scored 269.9 with Mocidade in second with 269.8 and Salgueiro third with 296.7.
Due to problems with some of the big floats it was decided that no school will be relegated, but one school will still be promoted, so in 2018 thirteen rather than twelve schools will parade on the 11 and 12 February 2018.
The full results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2017 were:
- Portela (269.9 points out of 270)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.8)
- Salgueiro (269.7)
- Mangueira (269.6)
- Grande Rio (269.4)
- Beija-Flor (269.2)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,5)
- União da Ilha (267.8)
- Vila Isabel (267.4)
- São Clemente (267.4)
- Unidos da Tijuca (266.8)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (264.6)
The clock is ticking down to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s first really big celebration since the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Rio de Janeiro is the most famous and the largest of Brazil’s carnival celebrations. In Rio the focus is on samba and the parade of the samba schools organised by the League of Samba Schools on the Sunday and Monday evenings.
The main parades of the Grupo Especial will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 26 February and Monday, 27 February 2017. The schools parading will be:
Sunday, 26 February 2017
- Paraíso do Tuiuti
- Grande Rio
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense
- Vila Isabel
Monday, 27 February 2017
- União da Ilha
- São Clemente
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
- Unidos da Tijuca
Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 22.00, 23.05, 00.10, 01.15, 02.20 and 03.25.
Up coming dates for Carnival in Brazil (Friday-Wednesday) are:
- 2018: 9-14 February
- 2019: 1-6 March
- 2020: 21-26 February
- 2021: 12-17-February
- 2022: 25 February-2 March
- 2023: 17-22 February
- 2024: 9-14 February
- 2025: 28 February-5 March
If you can’t get to Rio for the Olympics and are stuck back in London, you can still soak up the atmosphere of the games and Brazil at the Rio Olympic Lounge that is located in the Brazilian Embassy, just off Trafalgar Square (14-16 Cockspur Street. SW1Y 5BL).
Entry is free and the lounge is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 and 19.00 from 6 to 21 August.
The Lounge showcases what lies beyond the city of Rio, and shows the state of Rio’s many other attractions. Basically where the residents of Rio – the Cariocas – head out to to have even more fun (if that is possible) at the weekends. Some even live there and go to Rio for the weekends!
If you are in Rio for the Olympics, you can get more information of what the city and state of Rio has to offer from the Visit Rio and TurisRio stands in Espaço Rio de Janeiro located at the Olympic Boulevard, at Orla Mayor Luiz Paulo Conde in the port area.