Rio de Janeiro
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Football Match in Rio

1. Football Match in Rio

Nowhere on the planet is the game of football more passionately loved than in Brazil. Get a feel for the importance of football to ordinary Brazilians by taking in a thrilling match. A match in any of Rio's Stadiums is an exciting experience even for those with only a passing interest in football. The atmosphere in the stadium is alive with fans waving huge silk banners and flags whilst setting off flares and fireworks. Chants and samba drums reverberate through the stadium as vendors climb through the crowds selling cold beers, popcorn, hats, scarfs, and headbands. Experience the fevered frenzy of Brazilian football and join the thousands of colorful, joyous fans, playing music, singing, and jumping throughout the match. Rio's passion for football makes every game a game to remember. Matches take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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Maracana Stadium 3-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour

2. Maracana Stadium 3-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Feel like a soccer star entering the field on this 3-hour tour of the legendary Maracana Stadium.  See a collection of mementos of the stars who made history in this temple of world football. Get ready for an exciting journey, exploring its history with video, sound and a variety of different experiences. It is not every stadium that has seen 2 World Cup Finals! There is a lot of history here and excitement in the air. You don't have to imagine how the world's biggest football stars such as former players Zico, Pelé and Garrincha feel here, you can feel it too.

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Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

3. Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

Join this guided tour to see the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Parque Lage, and the Brazilian Jockey Club. Explore rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as other exotic plants. Spot different species of birds that live in the trees of the gardens. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive towards Parque Lage, a charming public park located next to Corcovado Hill. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of Parque Lage. The palace has served as a filming location for several movies, soap operas, and music videos. Snap photos in front of the superb swimming pool. Admire the view of Christ the Redeemer in the distance. If time allows, stop for a delicious snack at the Plage Café or visit the palace’s shop for art, design, and fashion pieces. Next, go to the Botanical Garden, one of the best-preserved green areas in the city. Explore Rio de Janeiro’s biodiversity. Visit attractions such as the Jardim Sensorial-Sensorial Garden, Lago com a Vitória-Régia, and Lago das Tartarugas. Walk by the bicentennial imperial palm trees while going towards the orchidary. Finally, head to the Jockey Club Brasileiro or Hipódromo da Gávea and discover the largest racetrack for horse racing in all of Brazil. The Jockey Club is open to the public and offers the possibility to watch horse races for free. If there’s time, try your luck by playing a bet and feel the excitement of attending a live horse race. The optional activities depend on the race schedule which varies daily. Then, board your transportation back to your hotel.

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Rio de Janeiro: Wakeboarding Experience

4. Rio de Janeiro: Wakeboarding Experience

Learn how to wakeboard, with the help of a knowledgeable instructor. Stand on a wakeboard and be towed through the water by a motorboat on this fun, action-packed activity. Get instructions and tips from your expert instructor and sailor who is on hand to help you learn the sport. Be safe with all the correct equipment and lifejackets available. Hit the water in style as the boat has Bluetooth for playing music.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Nice tour but quite short

Having been on football tours in europe before (san siro, nou camp ect), i thought this one was very limited. Thats not the companys or tour guides fault, erica the tour guide was very good and knew alot of info about the stadium, and spoke very good english. I think they should open abit more of this iconic stadium to the public.

Flamengo CR vs Santos FC

Our guide picked us up on time and took us to the Maracana Stadium about 1 hour before the start of the match. Beer and hot dogs were donated. Thanks again for the successful organization. It was really fun to be part of the top game of Brazilian football

This was my first official soccer game- why not in Brazil?! The energy and passion simply did not stop, from warm up to finish. The players did not disappoint and of course the fans didn't either. Highly recommend!!

Visit really to do when you are not in Rio

Interesting visit, very nice guide, really a pleasant moment to spend behind the scenes and the history of its great players who made the stands of this great magnificent stadium vibrate. To visit absolutely.

Excellent tour!

A tour well worth taking for any football fan to see this magnificent stadium in all its glory.