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Sambodrome

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #90 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
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Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I would have rated it much higher if I attended during Carnival time. My friends & I visited the site during world cup 2014. It was basically an empty stadium with the seats. it was still a good 20-30 mins stop to take pictures and look around. There is a souvenirs shop there with costume and video that you can... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

All I can say about experiencing two evenings at the Sambodrome, is that if going to the carnival is not on your bucket-list, then it should be! No parade on earth can beat what you experience at this extravaganza (especially with the Group A schools) as words cannot describe what this show offers!!! Its not cheap to buy a good... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

this drome is worth going to during Carnival! But if you missed Carnival, go have a look at the Sambadrome. I myself had a different expectation of Carnival and Samba but visiting the Sambadrome made it clearer and you undestand more how this event is structured.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Initially, we had no plans to visit the Sambódromo, as it seemed a bit overpriced (and there are cheaper things to do in Rio during Carnival). That said, we decided to chance our luck one night, by arriving at the venue once the parade had started and buying a ticket from one of the many touts outside. We got a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

The sambodrome is NOT where the map of trip advisor say, it is far far away, check when arrive to rio in the local guide

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Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had a group of 10 people all attending the Samba parade on March 1, 2014 when our cruise ship had a layover for one night in Rio. The parade is amazing!! Really one of the "highlights" for our cruise. The floats, costumes, and dancers were truly wonderful. It is one event that everyone should experience. The cruise ship tour... More

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It was a really incredible show and cost us less than $20 to get in (you can buy a ticket from one of multiple touts outside as easy as anything). The floats were absolutely staggering - it´s crazy to think how much work must have gone into preparing. 4* is only because of the ludicrous toilet situation (6 toilets between... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was amazing! I would rate it as the best show on earth...6-9 hrs (how ever long you choose to stay for) of dancing, singing, costumes (out of this world) decorated floats that just dont stop coming and are totally amazing!...This is a bucket list item i can definitely tick off..but i would do it again for sure! AMAZING!!!

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Dallas, Texas
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I dreamed of visiting Carnaval in Rio for YEARS and finally making my way to the Sambadrome was the icing on my whole Carnaval experience. I did tons of research on where to purchase tickets and I actually opted to buy some from a hostel in Copacabana upon arriving in Rio. We didn't have great seats (setor 12) but we... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This attraction was built a long time ago and looks a little basic in some areas, however, it is clean and fulfils the purpose of viewing the magnificent dancers and floats in the carnival. Do buy tickets for this event and try to make sure that you book your transport at the same time - doing a deal on tickets... More

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