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Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí) Tours

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Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí)
Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí)—also known as Sambodromo or Passarela do Samba Darcy Ribeiro—was designed and built by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1984. Established to host the city’s enormous Carnival celebration every year, the stadium features a 2,300-foot (700-meter) runway and seats 90,000 spectators.

The Basics
During Rio Carnival, Brazil's largest Carnival celebration, Samba schools parade through the center of the Sambadrome, with dancers performing their samba parade to impress the crowd with music, dancing, and floats. Seven teams compete each night in a concert that lasts more than 10 hours, and Carnival performance tickets are highly coveted. During the rest of the year, the Sambadrome hosts the occasional music concert. When not in use, the facility hosts Sambadrome tours that also visit a small museum (located on Rua Marques de Sapucai) that showcases its history and exhibits some costumes.

The Sambadrome is a must-see stop on comprehensive Rio de Janeiro tours. A stop at the stadium, along with entrance to the museum, is often combined with visits to other Rio landmarks, such as Copacabana Beach, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio Botanical Gardens (Jardim Botanico).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Sambadrome is accessible to the disabled and those in wheelchairs.
  • Age limits for children depend on the event taking place; kids under 5 are not allowed to attend Carnival.
  • The museum is the most interesting part of a visit during the offseason; visitors can also find a souvenir shop for some take-home goodies.

How to Get There
Taking the metro to the Praca Onze stop and then walking along Rue Julio do Carmo is the simplest way to reach the Sambadrome. Most Sambadrome tours provide round-trip transportation from downtown Rio de Janeiro.

When to Get There
Carnival is held every year in the middle of February—this is the best (and most popular) time to see the Sambadrome in action. Leading up to the actual parade days, the samba schools practice their routines during rehearsals that are free and open to the public.

Things to Know About Rio Carnival
Sambadrome Carnival ticket options range from air-conditioned boxes to concrete seating. Carnival events can last up to 12 hours, so attendees can bring a limited amount of food and drink, as well as photo and video devices. Walking freely through the stadium is permitted, although re-entry is not. With a huge police presence and private bodyguards celebrity visitors, Rio de Janeiro Carnival is reputed to be one of the safest events in South America.
Address: Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, Rio de Janiero, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade Ticket with Optional Transport

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Attend the epic Rio de Janeiro Carnaval (Carnival) parade with this ticket for a seat in Sector 9 in the Sambadromo (Sambadrome). View talented samba dancers in outrageous costumes as they dance their hearts out in one of the world's most famous Carnival celebrations. This ticket provides a fantastic view of the parade grounds, where you'll see all of Rio's samba schools strut their stuff, accompanied by elaborate parade floats and infectious drumming. Choose one of four nights, and upgrade to include round-trip transportation from your Rio hotel if you choose.
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Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras to board transportation to the top of Corcovado, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive, full-day tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana Beach, Botafogo Beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras on the way up Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch

Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch

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Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on this full-day guided tour with lunch. Take the Corcovado train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, take a cable car ride up to the Sugarloaf Mountain, see the famed Maracana soccer stadium, capture beautiful photos in front of the colorful Selaron Steps, and much more. This tour is also inclusive of a delicious barbecue buffet lunch at a local steakhouse.
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Full-Day Tour Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

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Full-Day Tour Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

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Tick off all the attractions on your Rio de Janeiro must-see list on this full-day tour. With transportation included and a guide in the lead, you'll make good time on visits to the city's highlights, including the Selaron steps, the main Rio cathedral, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Gondola ride and lunch included.
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Private Tour: Rio's City Essentials including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf

Private Tour: Rio's City Essentials including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf

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Tour Rio de Janeiro your way, with a private car and driver, during this fully customizable tour. Choose the landmarks and attractions that you want to visit, such as Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Selarón Steps, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the city's famous beaches. Learn about the food, language, culture and history of the city and its inhabitants from your informative local guide while you explore. Round trip transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle is included.
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  • 8 hours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

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Explore Rio and visit Sugar Loaf Mountain during this 4-hour morning tour. Visit some of the city's most important landmarks, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and Copacabana Beach. Then, board a glassed-in cable car bound for Sugar Loaf's peak, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. Upon reaching the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet (396 meters) above sea level, admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana, and Santa Cruz Fortress. Round-trip transportation from selected Rio hotels is included.
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Private Tour Rio In One Day: Christ, Sugarloaf, Sambadrome, Selarón, Downtown

Private Tour Rio In One Day: Christ, Sugarloaf, Sambadrome, Selarón, Downtown

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Take a guided tour around Rio de Janeiro and get to discover the beauties of this marvelous city. Have an overview of its most significant sights in the company of an expert tour guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. Visit Rio's most important touristic sights like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains along with the Christ the Redeemer statue, historical downtown area, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Selarón staircase and many other attractions at your convenience. Discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore in Rio de Janeiro based on your interests and available time. The itinerary can be totally customizable according to your personal preferences to create the best Rio’s experience.
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  • 10 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show

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Spend an epic day and night exploring all of Rio's attractions during this full-day tour. During the day, follow your guide to attractions like the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue on top of Corcovado Mountain, reached via a cog train ride through the Tijuca Rainforest. Take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of Guanabara Bay and enjoy a downtown tour including Cinelandia Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. In the evening, attend the Ginga Tropical show, a vibrant dance performance that celebrates the country's cultural roots. Lunch and round-trip port or hotel transportation are included.
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Full Day Sugar Loaf, Maracanã including Skip the Line Christ Redeemer By Train

Full Day Sugar Loaf, Maracanã including Skip the Line Christ Redeemer By Train

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Take a panoramic city tour through Downtown Rio, a stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral and travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and by cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This full-day tour includes round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels, allows you to see all of Rio's sights in just one day.
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  • 9 hours
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Full Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron Staircase, Maracanã

Full Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron Staircase, Maracanã

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Pass by Copacabana Beach, the exclusive and trendy Ipanema Beach beach, and Guanabara Palace. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras for views on the way up to Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Ascend to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, then eat lunch before visits to Maracanã Stadium, the Lapa Arches, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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Rio Experience Full Day Tour (Optional Arrival Transfer)

Rio Experience Full Day Tour (Optional Arrival Transfer)

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Enjoy a transfer from the Galeão International Airport (GIG) or Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) to your hotel in downtown Rio followed by a comprehensive city sightseeing tour. Visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Stop at the Selaron stairs and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio, listening to informative commentary from your local guide along the way. End your tour with drop-off back at your Rio hotel.
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Full-Day City Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Full-Day City Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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With a full day to spend in Rio de Janeiro, you can visit major locations during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Let a guide take you to the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps), the Sambódromo where Rio’s Carnival takes place, Maracanã stadium, the Metropolitan Cathedral and more. With minivan capacity capped at 20, you’ll find it easy to follow your guide. Buffet lunch included.
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch

Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch

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Get a comprehensive introduction to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic attractions on this full-day city tour with an informative guide. Start your packed itinerary atop Corcovado mountain, site of the Christ the Redeemer statue (Cristo Redentor). Discover World Cup history at Maracana Stadium and imagine Carnival at the Sambodromo. After a ride on the cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain for aerial views, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and renowned beaches of Rio. Lunch at a 'churrascaria' (Brazilian steakhouse) is included.
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  • 9 hours
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The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

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Take your Rio de Janeiro sightseeing experience into your own hands on this customizable, private tour of the Marvelous City. Alongside a ‘carioca’ (Rio de Janeiro resident) and personal driver, tick off top Rio attractions chosen by you. Personalize your itinerary according to your interests and only visit the sites you wish to see: your guide tailors the tour according to preferred themes, such as food, history, or sport, and offers undivided attention throughout. Pickup and drop-off from your Rio de Janeiro hotel are included.
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Exclusive Full Day in Rio from the Sea Port

Exclusive Full Day in Rio from the Sea Port

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See the best of Rio de Janeiro without having to worry about advance planning on a shore excursion that reveals the best of the Marvelous City. Ideal for time-pressed travelers, this hassle-free package transports you between sights in air-conditioned comfort and includes admission tickets for two top attractions.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Sugar Loaf and City Tour

Private Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Sugar Loaf and City Tour

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Ideal for travelers with limited time in Rio de Janeiro, this private tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city. Alongside a local guide, you’ll take a panoramic tour of downtown Rio and visit landmarks including Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, and the Sambadrome. Check off one of the Marvelous City’s most popular attractions and ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain in a cable car for spectacular views of land and sea. On this private tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off, you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide.
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City Tour of Rio de Janeiro with Lunch

City Tour of Rio de Janeiro with Lunch

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Revel in the many attractions of Rio de Janeiro during this 8-hour city tour with lunch. Take your Rio visit to new heights from on top of the world-famous Corcovado (home of the Christ the Redeemer statue) and the sublime peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. You’ll also have time to enjoy the beach scenes at Ipanema and Copacabana, check out the Sambodrome (ground zero for Brazil's annual Carnival festivities) and explore Rio neighborhoods like Botafogo. A guide, all-you-can-eat lunch, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour

Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour

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Embark on a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro's top attractions and landmarks in one day. During this 9-hour tour, follow your guide to Christ the Redeemer Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Sambadromo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and other highlights. All entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from South Zone hotels are included.
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City Tour of Art, Architecture and Culture in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

City Tour of Art, Architecture and Culture in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

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This short but sight-filled tour of downtown Rio de Janeiro is for travelers who want to see major cultural attractions in the city in one tour. In just a few hours see the baroque Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, visit the Modern Art Museum, climb the tiled Selaron staircase, see the Sambadrome where Rio's Carnival celebrations take place, visit the Maracanã soccer stadium, and experience much, much more.
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Rio de Janeiro Day Trip - All Inclusive - By Ok Rio Tour

Rio de Janeiro Day Trip - All Inclusive - By Ok Rio Tour

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The most classic ride of all! With outings every day, rain or shine, and last approximately 8 hours, you will be able to know the most iconic attractions of Rio de Janeiro: Cristo Redentor, Sugar Loaf, Selarón Staircase, Metropolitan Cathedral, Maracanã (panoramic), Sambódromo and much more between one point and another. Included: transportation, guide, tickets of the Sugar Loaf and the Christ and lunch with barbecue.
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Rio de Janeiro Express Tour

Rio de Janeiro Express Tour

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With so much to see in Rio, this tour provides transport between top attractions, namely  Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. After a look at downtown landmarks, take an exhilarating cable car ride to the summit of Sugar Loaf, with panoramic views over Guanabara Bay. Then head to Corcovado Mountain for views from the other side. The 6-hour itinerary leaves plenty of time for sightseeing on your own.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour: One Day in Rio de Janeiro

Private Tour: One Day in Rio de Janeiro

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With so much to see and do in Rio de Janeiro, getting around the metropolis can be taxing. Make your sightseeing experience stress-free on an 8-hour private tour. End-to-end transportation from your hotel enables you to avoid sluggish public transit and visit Rio’s main attractions comfortably and quickly. Highlights include guided visits and free admission to Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf. The comprehensive itinerary also includes lunch at an authentic Brazilian restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Rio Shore Excursion: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Sambodromo

Rio Shore Excursion: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Sambodromo

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See Rio de Janeiro’s top sights in one day on this full-day tour with a guide. See the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain, stop for lunch at a traditional steak house, drive through Tijuca National Park, and get panoramic views of the city from the cable car ride to Morro de Urca and Sugar Loaf. This tour is designed for visitors who are short on time, but don’t want to miss any of Rio’s major sights. See it all in one day.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Rio Shore Excursion: Skip the Line Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Day Tour

Rio Shore Excursion: Skip the Line Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Day Tour

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While in port, take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day shore excursion to Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port, allows you to visit all of Rio's landmarks in one marathon day.
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  • 10 hours
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 101 Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí) costs USD 149.99. Guided Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí) tours start around USD 149.99 per person. See all 101 Sambadrome (Sambadrome Marques de Sapucaí) tickets and tours on Viator.
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