Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #9 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 6 sights
Distance 3.6 km
Ascend 58 m
Descend 58 m

Experience Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in Rio de JaneiroIndividual Sights in Rio de Janeiro

Sight 1: Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí

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Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil / CC BY 3.0 br

The Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí is a purpose-built parade area built for the Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue is also known as Passarela Professor Darcy Ribeiro or simply the Sambódromo in Portuguese or Sambadrome in English. It is located in the downtown area of Cidade Nova in Rio de Janeiro, and is the place where samba schools parade competitively each year during the Rio Carnival. The parades attract many thousands of Brazilians and foreign tourists each year, and the structure is also used as a multi-purpose performance venue. The structures of the Sambadrome were designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012), and represent his first major work after the end of the Brazilian dictatorship of 1964–1985.

Wikipedia: Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí (EN)

286 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 2: Praça da Apoteose

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The Apotheosis Square is a venue in Rio de Janeiro close to the Morro da Mineira favela. It is part of Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, which can hold a maximum 90,000 people. For concerts, it can hold from 10,000 to 40,000 people.

Wikipedia: Praça da Apoteose (EN)

512 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 3: Museu Penitenciário do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

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The Penitentiary Museum of the State of Rio de Janeiro, also known by the acronym MPERJ, is a reference in the penitentiary theme of Rio de Janeiro. In addition to preserving and exposing the population with historical moments of the prisons and the inspector of security and penitentiary administration, the MPERJ exhibits illicit materials seized from visitors and prisoners in the prison units, from cell phones to objects used for escape, enabling a proximity to the current reality of prisons.

Wikipedia: Museu Penitenciário do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (PT)

601 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 4: GRES Estácio de Sá

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The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Estácio de Sá is one of the most traditional samba schools of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It has won once the top-tier Rio parade in 1992.

Wikipedia: Estácio de Sá (samba school) (EN)

1265 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 5: Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. It is the second-most-populous city in Brazil and the sixth-most-populous city in the Americas.

Wikipedia: Rio de Janeiro (EN), Website, Flag

942 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 6: GRES São Clemente

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The Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba São Clemente is a samba school from Rio de Janeiro, located in the Cidade Nova neighborhood, on Avenida Presidente Vargas.

Wikipedia: São Clemente (school) (EN)


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