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Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai

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Address: Rua Marques de Sapucai, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: +55(21)2976-7310
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We visited this place in January and already saw an army of workers getting ready for Carnival celebrations. There is a little museum and a shop where for 7 Reais (a couple of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Pacific Pines, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We visited this place in January and already saw an army of workers getting ready for Carnival celebrations. There is a little museum and a shop where for 7 Reais (a couple of dollars) we hired costumes for that special photo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you go during Carnival ,whatever you think it will be ,its 10 times better,Must do!! take part in the parades buy a costume in advance .this way you get to experience the whole deal,there is so much energy that you cannot help be caught up in itWe.went back two nights later just to watch so we saw both sides... More 

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I wouldn't have made a special effort to come. If not during carnaval, this place is pretty desert. not reccomend.

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were taken here as part of a sight seeing tour. I wouldn't have made a special effort to come. Yes, it's nice seeing where the main event takes place, but it's a pretty desolate affair when it's empty.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Was here for the 2014 Rio Carnaval! Wonderful experience. Lovely venue. Great views, awesome singing, colourful, amazing & breathtaking. The sambodrome is where the samba schools compete at the end of the Rio carnavale. Worth visiting even when there is no carnaval.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I had a dream come true when I visited sambodramo during carnival this year. The place itself is very big and well organized overall. The event itself is electrifying as advertised. The only thing I would've liked for was the cushions handed out to be more comfortable since the event goes on for hours and the ticket prices are pretty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I don't know why, but attending the samba competition in Rio had long been on my bucket list. It was one of the excursions offered by the cruise ship I was on, docked in Rio, so I jumped at the chance. It was not quite what I had expected, much more organized and more choreographed, but spectacular, as was the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Came here for carnival samba competition which was amazing if exhausting. It's a huge "stadium" (more like a broad avenue lined with seating). Halfway through the show the skies opened up. Umbrella vendors appeared almost as quickly as the raindrops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

can't be in Rio and not pay a visit to this avenue!It's part of the cultural heritage of Brazil, its a landmark! The symbol of Carnaval!

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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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