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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, Brazil
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Rio´s highlights - Private City Tour

Rio´s highlights - Private City Tour

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If you have only one day to explore Rio and want an itinerary that encompasses as much as possible in 6 hours, this tour is the best choice! Since beaches, mountains, bay, lagoons, forets, hikes, waterfalls, soccer, nightlife, history, gastronomy, art, museums to one of the seven wonders of the wolrd, Christ, Rio has it all! It is a unique city, set in the midst of the mountains and the Atlantic Sea, with a vibrant atmosphere and sport lifestyle, that delights its visitors. Our itinerary: - Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone). - Christ the Redeemer: simply the main attraction of Rio. - Sugar Loaf: we will take the cable car to see an amazing view of the city. - Selaron steps: beautiful tiles project made by the artist Selaron. - Sambadrome: where the Carnival parades take place. - Cathedral: iconic arquitecture of the metropolitan cathedral of Rio. - Drop-off at your place or in a restaurant (in the south or central zone).
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The Best of Rio - Christ Redeemer - Sugarloaf - Maracanã - Downtown

The Best of Rio - Christ Redeemer - Sugarloaf - Maracanã - Downtown

Discover the best that Rio de Janeiro has to offer on this comprehensive day tour. Visit the city’s key landmarks including the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Maracana Stadium, and Sugarloaf Mountain. Learn about the history and culture of Rio from your tour guide and sit down to a traditional Brazilian barbecue lunch—if the option is selected—to end your tour.
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Be a true Rios local for a day with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Be a true Rios local for a day with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Travel with a small group on this half-day city tour of Rio de Janeiro and experience life like a local. You’re introduced to three Brazilian favorites—soccer, samba, and shopping—with a guide who is passionate about them all. Visit Maracanã stadium, the Sambadrome, and the Saara shopping district in downtown Rio. A caipirinha is included, with hotel transport provided by air-conditioned minivan.
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Super Combo One Day in Rio de Janeiro & Samba School & Visit Maracana Stadium

Super Combo One Day in Rio de Janeiro & Samba School & Visit Maracana Stadium

Join our private Rio city tour and enjoy a great opportunity to meet two of the greatest Rio’s landmarks in the same day, on this intimate complete tour.
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Tourist Morning - Christ the Redeemer + City Tour (Corcovado Train)

Tourist Morning - Christ the Redeemer + City Tour (Corcovado Train)

If you are visiting the city of Rio de Janeiro this is the most suitable and complete itinerary for you that do not have much time to enjoy the wonders of Rio. In this itinerary Turistando RJ takes you to know the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado) early in the morning, then get to know Maracanã Stadium from an outside view, head to the Sambadrome, Metropolitan Cathedral and Selarón Staircase, both with photo breaks.
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The best of Rio

The best of Rio

See the best of Rio with knowledgeable, English speaker, local guide. You can book this tour for your private group and then you get to choose 6 attractions or take the tour with other people. In that case we will go to Sugar Loaf, Christ the redeemer, Metropolitan Cathedral , Selaron Steps , lunch ( not included )and south zone beaches . In both cases you will have a tour to remember for life full of history and details about Rio de Janeiro and Cariocas.
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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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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 Selaron Steps, Sugar Loaf and Christ Redeemer Statue with Lunch

Full Day Selaron Steps, Sugar Loaf and Christ Redeemer Statue with Lunch

Combine visits to Corcovado and the Christ Redeemer Statue, the Selaron Steps, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Sugar Loaf mountain. Hit four must-sees in Rio on this full-day 9-hour tour. Start the day with a comprehensive city tour of Rio with a stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral, then ride the Sugar Loaf cable car overlooking Guanabara Bay. Refuel midday with a barbecue lunch at one Rio’s best barbecue Steak houses and then continue on over to see the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado and end your visit at the famous Selaron Steps before heading back to your hotel in time to catch dinner. Round-trip transportation from most hotels in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and São Conrado.
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Rio de Janeiro in Two Days: City Sightseeing, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro in Two Days: City Sightseeing, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer

Experience the best of Rio — views from Sugar Loaf Mountain, a visit to Christ the Redeemer statue and an authentic Brazilian barbecue lunch — during this two-day sightseeing excursion. The tour includes dedicated airport pickup and one overnight stay in the South Zone in a 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotel. Spend the day sightseeing with an informative guide in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
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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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Rio Sightseeing Tour with Corcovado & Half or Full Day Options

Rio Sightseeing Tour with Corcovado & Half or Full Day Options

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Be one of the day’s first visitors to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado; a morning arrival offers mesmerizing views over Rio de Janeiro without the crowds. This guided tour is all about options: upgrade to include a trip to Sugar Loaf Mountain or continue your tour in the afternoon to city landmarks such as the Sambadrome, Selarón Steps, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. All admission tickets are extra.
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2 Days in Rio: Cultural & Ecologic Tours

2 Days in Rio: Cultural & Ecologic Tours

You will be enchanted by our 2 Days in Rio: Cultural & Ecologic Tours, which includes a complete City Tour of Rio de Janeiro and an Ecological Tour, including a beautiful and light hike in the Tijuca Forest, where you will enjoy the fresh air as well as its singular fauna and flora.   The tours are accompanied by an experienced and bilingual guide (all with Cadastur). The Tour includes the following activities: Full Day Complete City Tour of Rio de Janeiro, including the visits of Corcovado, Cristo Redentor, external visit to Maracanã Stadium, Sambódromo, São Sebastião Cathedral, Sugar Loaf, Beaches and Lunch. (This is an Open Group Tour format) Ecologic Tour at Tijuca National Park, including the vists of Pedra Bonita, Chinese View and Horto Waterfall. (This is an Private Group Tour format)
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Rio Carioca All Day

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Get to know the city with a CARIOCA guide! It's an 8-hour full-day tour that includes the most important attractions in Rio! It is a private, flexible tour that you will have a private transport and all the attention of the guide to give the best tips of the wonderful city! Corcovado Sugar Loaf Sambadrome Maracana Lapa Selaron Staircase Metropolitan Cathedral
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Corcovado and City Tour

Corcovado and City Tour

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You will have a unique experience of getting to know Rio de Janeiro, on a stunning tour of the main sights, with its charms and beauties that only Rio has. The guide will accompany you at every stop explaining every detail of the points, with their cultures, history, holdings, quirks, etc. Do not waste time and book your tour now and then tell us your experience.
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Brazilian Passion: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

Brazilian Passion: Carnival, Samba and Soccer

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Immerse yourself in the culture of Brazil on a guided tour to some of the city’s cultural landmarks. Learn about Carnival and classic samba at the famous Sambadrome, where the parade takes place, and the “City of Samba,” where top samba schools practice. Then visit the iconic Maracana Stadium and Museum for the Brazilian Soccer Team to learn about soccer in Brazil, which is like a religion in the country.
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Tour architect Oscar Niemeyer Route

Tour architect Oscar Niemeyer Route

Discover  13 amazing works by Oscar Niemeyer, in Rio and Niterói. Throughout its 104 years, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has left a legacy of incredible works to be admired. The features, full of personality and style, made the architectural projects of Niemeyer become world-renowned. Scattered throughout Brazil, some works are part of postcards, and with Rio de Janeiro and Niterói could not be different. There are many works of the architect giving a special charm to the nature of these two cities. Worthy of being known, we have prepared a tour that not to be missed! In it, you will see 13 works that are references of the work of this artist in Rio and in Niterói. Check out each one of them and enjoy so beautifully in the form of work and culture in so many spaces created by one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture.
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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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Christ + City tour

Christ + City tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Rio in a single day on this small-group excursion. Traveling with a small group of just 15 people or fewer means that you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide. Hit the must-see attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the Cathedral, the Sambodromo, the Selaron Steps, and others. This tour is great for those with a limited time to spend in Rio.
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Wonderful City Tour - Day City Tour!

Wonderful City Tour - Day City Tour!

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Visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer early in the morning, take memorable photos at the top of Corcovado, then get to know Maracanã Stadium from an outside view, head to the Sambadrome, Metropolitan Cathedral and Selarón Staircase, both with shorter breaks. Then enjoy the best of the buffet we have reserved for you. After these activities, take a trip to another wonder of Rio, the Sugarloaf hill. Climb on a cable car to reach Morro da Urca and Sugar Loaf ending your afternoon with one of the most magnificent views in the world!
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Selaron Steps, Sugar Loaf and Christ Redeemer Statue with Lunch

Full Day Selaron Steps, Sugar Loaf and Christ Redeemer Statue with Lunch

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Combine visits to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains, two must-sees in Rio, on this full-day tour. Ride the Sugar Loaf cable car overlooking Guanabara Bay and see the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado. Stop at the Selaron Steps and refuel midday with a barbecue lunch. Round-trip transportation from most Zona Sul hotels via van.
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  • 9 hours
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A FULL DAY in RIO - ALL INCLUSIVE!

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A FULL DAY in RIO - ALL INCLUSIVE!

With one of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet, the city of Rio de Janeiro is fully deserving of the title of “Wonderful City”. With a unique geography, the city is surrounded by natural beauty, which enchant all who know it. The city can integrate in perfect harmony its Tijuca forest with its beautiful beaches and lagoons. Its warm, friendly people provide an even more enjoyable experience and make Rio de Janeiro one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The tour includes visit to the following sights of the city: Tijuca Forest (Christ the Redeemer Path) Christ the Redeemer Sugar Loaf Maracanã (External Visit) Sambadrome Metropolitan Cathedral Selarón Staircase Lunch at a buffet restaurant in Copacabana Tickets Included: Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Approximate Duration: 8 Hours Boarding Time: 8:30 Boarding Place: South and Central Zone Hotels (consult) Transport Type: Van Frequency: Daily
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CITY TOUR + CRISTO REDENTOR (Ascending Train to Christ)

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CITY TOUR + CRISTO REDENTOR (Ascending Train to Christ)

With one of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet, the city of Rio de Janeiro is totally worthy of the title of "Wonderful City". With a unique geography, the city is surrounded by natural beauty, which enchants everyone who knows it. The city manages to integrate in perfect harmony its Tijuca forest with its beautiful beaches and lagoons. Its welcoming and life-friendly people provide an even more pleasant experience and make Rio de Janeiro one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The tour includes a visit to the following tourist spots in the city: Tijuca Forest (Christ the Redeemer Trail) Christ the Redeemer Maracanã (External Visit) Sambadrome Metropolitan Cathedral Selarón Staircase Tickets Included: Christ the Redeemer and Train to Christ Approximate duration: 4 Hours Boarding Time: 7:45 am to 9:30 am Boarding place: South and Central Zone Hotels (consult) Type of transport: Van Frequency: Daily
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