Guided tour

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

From US$ 16.94 per person

Follow your guide on walking tour of the inner workings of Rio's Carnival parade with this attraction ticket. Take your picture wearing wild costumes, dance in a Samba workshop, and have a cocktail.

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Duration 1.5 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian
Pickup optional
Your driver will arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled pickup time and will be waiting for you. If you are being picked up from a hotel, please wait in the entrance of the lobby. Please let the activity provider know in advance exactly where to meet you. You can contact the activity provider by phone (or WhatsApp) at +5521967659549 or by email at
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  • Uncover the secrets of costume and float preparations for the Carnival parade
  • Try on glamorous carnival costumes and get your picture while wearing them
  • Pickup some new moves with a Samba workshop with a professional dancer
  • Hear about the history of Samba and Rio's Carnival from your local guide
  • Refresh yourself with a delicious caipirinha cocktail at the end of your tour
Full description

Discover what goes on backstage at Rio's Carnival with this guided walking tour. Watch as preparations are made for the world's most famous parade with this attraction ticket. Wear some authentic costumes and take a Samba workshop before savoring a cocktail. 

Be greeted by your guide at Samba City and begin your behind-the-scenes tour. See the carnival factory and find out how the floats and costumes are produced for the parade. Uncover the history of Samba and hear the story of Rio's carnival. 

Try on some authentic carnival costumes and get some stunning glam shots. Participate in a Samba workshop with a professional dancer from a Samba school. Finish your tour by sipping on a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

  • Carnival experience ticket
  • Walking tour
  • Bilingual guide
  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Backstage pass
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with a cold
  • People with altitude sickness
  • People over 95 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Our meeting point is at the City of Samba. The site is a large complex of light brown warehouses, located in Rio de Janeiro’s port region, 200 meters from AquaRio. Come in through the main entrance, located on Binário do Porto Avenue, which is almost in front of the ferris wheel (the Rio Star) and the Cidade do Samba VLT station.  Meet your guide under a smaller tent, in the City of Samba Plaza, the big open area in the middle of the warehouses. Look for the team wearing colorful 'Carnival Experience' shirts. It you are traveling by VLT tram, stop at the Cidade do Samba station By car or on foot use the following search on Waze, Google Maps, UBER or through your Taxi app 'Carnaval Experience' or 'Cidade do Samba' main entrance. If you need to park, parking is paid and on the street at '60 Rivadávia Corrêa.'

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Drones
  • Smoking indoors
  • Photography inside
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 26 reviews

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Worthwhile few hours, chance to see what goes on behind the scenes: If not in Rio for the carnival, an opportunity to better understand the 'Carnival Process', along with a bit of fun putting on carnival costumes. You are in Rio to be a tourist: This was fun and interesting and supports the local community.

August 19, 2022

Very nice activity to discover the underside of the Carnival of Rio. The explanations were very interesting and complete, the guide friendly. However, a lack of organization once there (but this is the rule in Rio) and the feeling of having to hurry because the next group is just behind.

April 17, 2022

It was an amazing tour, the woman who gave us the tour had impeccable English, and answered all of our questions. We were lucky enough to be able to try on old carnival costumes and take pictures with them! There was a dancer who came to give us a demonstration, and taught us a few dance steps quickly! I loved this activity, it was impressive to see all the scenery ect! In short, I highly recommend!!

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April 6, 2022

Product ID: 410745