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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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Sugarloaf, Maracana, and Sambodromo Carnival Parade Private Tour

Sugarloaf, Maracana, and Sambodromo Carnival Parade Private Tour

Travel around Rio de Janeiro to see some of the city’s most impressive sights during this private tour that includes lunch and round-trip transport. First take a cable car up to see Sugarloaf Mountain, and then make your way over to catch sight of the two main stadiums where the annual Carnival parade happens, Maracana and Sambodromo. Then, visit the neighborhood of Lapa, and stop by the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Selaron Steps.
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Sugar Loaf, Christ Redeemer, Maracanã and Sambodromo - Express Tour

Sugar Loaf, Christ Redeemer, Maracanã and Sambodromo - Express Tour

The tour starts with the passengers pick up in their hotels to go visit the Corcovado Hill and Christ the Redeemer statue. The Corcovado hill is located inside the National Park of Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. After contemplating the wonderful panoramic view of the city, we will drive to the legendary Maracanã Stadium, where we stop so you can visit the Maracanã Museum (optional). After that, we will stop at the famous Carnival avenue, Sambodromo, with access to the Samba Museum and entrance at the Apotheose Square. We will visit the Sugar Loaf Mountain, located at 395 meters above sea level, in the middle of the Guanabara Bay. The climb is done by a glass cable-car up to the mountain summit, from where we will enjoy a wonderful 360° view of the city. Before the end of the tour, we will pass through the Historic City Center with stops in the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Selarón Staircase, passing in the famous Arcos of Lapa. Return to the hotel.
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Promo Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado With Maracanã + Sugar Loaf With City Tour

Promo Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado With Maracanã + Sugar Loaf With City Tour

On the first day, we will visit the magnificent Corcovado Hill. We will climb through the lush Tijuca forest to the peak of Corcovado where is the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. After this visit, we will stop to visit the Maracanã stadium and then the Sambadrome, the stage of the largest Carnival party in the world. On the second day, we will visit the Sugar Loaf. We will take the cable car that takes them to the top of the hill where we will enjoy the 360 view of the entire city of Rio de Janeiro. On this day we will also visit Rio's historic center and the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.
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Christ Redeemer With Maracanã Stadium and Sambodromo

Christ Redeemer With Maracanã Stadium and Sambodromo

The tour starts in the morning, leaving the selected hotels to begin the tour of the most famous attractions. of the city. We begin with Christ the Redeemer, who is located at the top of Corcovado, at an altitude of 710 meters above sea level. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in the city, and was also recently named one of the Wonders of the Modern World. From the top the view is heavenly, we can see several beaches, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Maracanã, the city center and the north, among other places. The climb to the monument of Christ the Redeemer, is made by van or with the historical tram (depending on the option chosen). This is an eco-tour, as this area is part of Tijuca Forest National Park, considered the largest urban forest in the world. We'll also visit the famous Maracanã stadium, and then start returning to the passengers' hotels
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City Tour Rio de Janeiro -Essential- Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf with Lunch

City Tour Rio de Janeiro -Essential- Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf with Lunch

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Complete your Rio de Janeiro bucket list in just 8-hour on a small-group sightseeing tour. Complimentary end-to-end transportation from your hotel allows you to reach the city’s top attractions comfortably and quickly. Visit Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, Tijuca National Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, Sambadrome, and more. Every moment has been carefully planned to maximize your limited time in Rio. The tour also includes a buffet lunch at a traditional restaurant.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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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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Watch Rio's Carnival Parade Live At The Sambadrome – The Greatest Show On Earth

Watch Rio's Carnival Parade Live At The Sambadrome – The Greatest Show On Earth

We invite you to an unforgettable experience going to Rio Carnival parade in the samba venue escorted by an expert, bilingual guide who ensures you have an exciting and safe experience. After pick-up of everyone at their places, we drive to the samba venue to watch the parades of the so-called Greatest Show on Earth taking place overnight. The parade consists of twelve of the most talented "samba schools" competing for the honor of being the champion. "Each school" chooses a plot and creates an 80-min presentation. Everything is made from scratch, contagious music, unrivalled choreography and unbelievable costumes. The parades happens at the great sambadrome, a concrete structure built specifically for the Carnival. It's an avenue with bleachers on both sides divided into sectors. Attending the Carnival event can be fun, but getting there can be stressful. Our planning allows you to focus on the experience hassle-free with assistance on anything to keep you in the pace of the event.
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  • 10 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Costume Experience in the Carnival Parade & Transfer

Rio de Janeiro Costume Experience in the Carnival Parade & Transfer

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Take part in one of the world's largest parties on this 8-hour tour of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Dress up in a gorgeous costume, and take part in the Samba Parade. Plus, get scored alongside locals for an authentic Carnival experience. No experience with samba is necessary to participate.
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Skip the line Christ & Sugarloaf Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Skip the line Christ & Sugarloaf Full-Day City Tour with Lunch

Skip the line access to the SugarLoaf and Christ the Redeemer. If you do not want to wait in line to see the top tourist attractions in Rio, then you should take this tour. We skip the line to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer by taking the Corcovado Train. The train goes through the Tijuca Forest up to the top of the Corcovado hill to reach the Christ. We also skip the line to visit the Sugar Loaf. The cable car ride to the top of the mountain is done in 2 stages: begin at the boarding station to Urca Mountain (224 meters) and then from Urca Mountain to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain (395 meters). We also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Selarón Steps. Then, we take pictures outside of the Sambadrome and the Maracanã Stadium. Tour guide, tickets to the Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf, Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation are included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Skip the line Christ & regular access to Sugarloaf Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Skip the line Christ & regular access to Sugarloaf Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Full-day tour with skip the line access to the Christ the Redeemer. We skip the line to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer by taking the Corcovado Train. The train goes through the Tijuca Forest up to the top of the Corcovado hill to reach the Christ. After we visit the statue, we go to the SugarLoaf. The cable car ride to the top of the mountain is done in 2 stages: begin at the boarding station to Urca Mountain (224 meters) and then from Urca Mountain to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain (395 meters). We also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Selarón Steps. Then, we take pictures outside of the Sambadrome and the Maracanã Stadium. Tour guide, tickets to the Christ the Redeemer (skip the line) and the Sugarloaf, Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation are included.
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