Carnival in Argentina: Gualeguaychú 2014
If you’re visiting Argentina this summer and want the carnival experience, Gualeguaychú is undoubtedly the place to go. Every year, this city dedicates the months of January and February to Gualeguaychú Carnival, the “carnival of the country”, which is considered one of the best in the world together with those of Rio de Janeiro and Venice. Discover more about this year’s carnival in Argentina and ensure that you’re fully prepared with our handy guide below.
Experiencing carnival in Argentina
The carnival in Gualeguaychú takes place every weekend throughout January and February, with February being the most eventful month and therefore the recommended time to go. The carnival parade during this time consists of different dance schools known as comparsas, who compete against each other, showing off their flawless dance routines, colourful costumes and grand displays of floats. Tens of thousands of people from Argentina and abroad come to watch the shows, which are held in the corsódromo, a five-hundred metre long arena designed especially for the event. Gualeguaychú Carnival 2014 also includes March 2nd and 3rd and will see comparsas Kamarr, O’Bahia and Papelitos compete for first prize.
Mari Mari’s performance at Gualeguaychú Carnival 2013
Gualeguaychú Carnival 2014 guide
As so many people come to participate in the carnival celebrations, we’d advise you to make sure you’re fully prepared ahead of the event by purchasing tickets and organising transport and accommodation well in advance. You can buy your carnival tickets online or at the ticket office inside the corsódromo, which is open from 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday, and until 7pm on Saturdays.
For general admission:
4th AR$60 for over 18s, AR$35 for under 18s.
11th AR$120 for over 18s, AR$35 for under 18s.
18th AR$120 for over 18s, AR$35 for under 18s.
25th AR$120 for over 18s, AR$35 for under 18s.
February & March
AR$150 for over 18s, AR$35 for under 18s.
Getting to Gualeguaychú
Gualeguaychú is 225km from the city of Buenos Aires and the journey takes approximately three hours by bus or two and a half hours in a car. Buses depart from Retiro bus station roughly every half hour and tickets can either be bought at the station or over the phone with a credit card. Be sure to leave plenty of time if this is your only option for travel, or else you may find yourself stranded in Buenos Aires with no means of getting to the carnival.
Accommodation in Gualeguaychú
During carnival, you can choose to stay in an all-inclusive hotel, hostel or campsite. Those that camp tend to be after full-blown Gualeguaychú Carnival debauchery, whereas those who wish to be a bit more removed from the madness should opt for something outside of the city, such as an estancia. Again, it is essential to book in advance, particularly if you want to stay in one of the more popular hotels or hostels.
Other things to do in Gualeguaychú
During your stay in Gualeguaychú, you should take advantage of the other tourist attractions the city has to offer, such as the many beautiful beaches and the Gualeguaychú hot springs located a mile outside of the city. Gualeguaychú also has historical areas that are worth visiting, like San Martín Square, Urquiza Square, San José Cathedral and cultural sites which include the Railway Museum, Andrade’s House and Fray Mocho’s House.
Our final bit of advice would be make sure you arrive at the carnival well-rested, for the festivities run late into the night and you don’t want to tire yourself out too early on!
For more information about carnival in Argentina, or to book tours and activities, visit our website.
By: Milly Day – English Content Manager