I was a reluctant participant for this event. My wife and two friends navigated the early spring streets of Rio (we walked from the area of the Copacabana Palace) using a smart phone and a map to find the shop. Take a cab if you are worried about looking like a tourist. The night began with a lesson covering beginning Samba and Forró, The lesson was basic enough for someone like me with two left feet and advanced enough for our two friends from Denmark that knew how to "Danish" samba. After the lesson our teacher / guide shepherded six tourists to a fantastic Samba Bar (an article noted that the bar was one of the ten best in the world) in Centro (downtown Rio). We had a FANTASTIC night and got to experience bit of RIo that did not feel touristy but did feel safe. All of us highly recommend this tour.
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