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Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

1. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

Rio's Carnival is the most popular and the best Carnival in the world! No wonder it was named “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Carioca Carnival is a cultural event, where freedom of expression dominates in a creative and fun way, represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and a street carnival. The official Samba School parades take place in Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by the most renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1983 with capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, one school will be chosen as the best of the best. More than 30,000 people perform throughout Carnival. Each school has between 4,000 and 5,000 participants. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Parade of Champions. Access Group In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. You will see 12 schools parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

2. Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

You'll start with a short briefing from some of the world's most experienced tandem pilots where you will learn about the take-off procedure and other important aspects of paragliding. Then, take off with your pilot over the edge of the mountain to paraglide smoothly through the tropical air. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility only possible with non-motorized, open-air flight. After enjoying the beautiful views over Rio de Janeiro, you'll land smoothly on São Conrado Beach. You'll also receive the exclusive pictures and videos taken during your adventure to share with your family and friends at home.

Arraial do Cabo: Scuba Diving Experience

3. Arraial do Cabo: Scuba Diving Experience

Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Arraial do Cabo, a city known as the “Brazilian Diving Capital”, thanks to the numerous submergence points with crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and good conditions for practicing all year round. Live a unique experience at the bottom of the Brazilian sea! Enjoy your first-time diving conducted by a certified and experienced instructor. At the meeting point, embark on this adventure towards the dive site. Find beautiful corals, turtles, different types of stingrays, morays, lobsters, seahorses, and fish of different sizes, shapes, and colors. Enjoy this adventure for about 30 minutes at the bottom of the ocean and get to know this whole parallel universe under the water. Save unique memories, recorded in photos that are already included in the package.

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Cuisine Cooking Class

4. Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Cuisine Cooking Class

Learn to make delicious Brazilian food with simple recipes using ingredients found worldwide. Join a fun, hands-on cooking class in Rio. Choose from 2 mouth-watering menus, plus a vegetarian menu, and make your own traditional meals and cocktails. Menu options:Bahian Moqueca Make some authentic Moqueca, a seafood coconut stew, paired with toasted 'forofa' with banana and white rice. Wash these dishes down with bottomless Caipirinhas, made with limes and Brazilian rum. For appetizers, you'll cook flambéed sausage with onions and seared white cheese with pepper jam. Delight your taste buds with an incredible brigadeiro, Brazil's take on chocolate fudge, for dessert. Picanha Steak Cook the perfect Picanha in the oven, along with toasted 'forofa' with banana and cooked cassava in butter sauce. Mix as many Caipirinhas as you wish and enjoy the same appetizers and dessert as the first menu option: flambéed sausage with onions, seared white cheese with pepper jam, and brigadeiro. Don't forget there's a vegetarian option available as well.

Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

5. Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

First, listen to a short briefing from the world's most safe and experienced Hang Glider tandem pilots. They will tell you about the take-off and other aspects of hang gliding before you get airborne. Then, glide smoothly through the tropical air after about 7 steps over the edge of the platform. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility. Enjoy bird's eye views of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Niteroi city on the other side of Guanabara Bay. Land safely on a sandy beach in São Conrado and enjoy some refreshments as you watch others come in to land. The entire activity will be photographed and recorded on cameras attached to the glider so that you can share your adventure with your friends and family back home. 

Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

6. Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

Experience the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit! The tour consists of hiking trails with a moderate level of difficulty and some natural obstacles that you have to overcome. The place is beautiful and extremely pleasant, offering beautiful flora and wild animals for you to observe. Start the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit towards the Jequitibá Waterfall, following trails and waterfalls until arriving at the famous Waterfall of the Shower, also known as Box Waterfall by the design and format that the rock presents. The Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit are an excellent alternative to get away from the overcrowded beaches of the city.

Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

7. Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

Your aviation adventure begins at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, or Sugarloaf (depending on option chosen), where you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of Rio de Janeiro. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below, and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the beaches, mountains, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. There are 4 options to choose from when booking your helicopter tour.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

8. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

Get spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro on an approximate 3-hour hike of Pedra da Gávea. Follow the challenging nature trails of the largest monolith in the world, starting at sea level and ascending through Tijuca National Park to an altitude of around 840 meters. Trek through the Carrasqueira section using the safety equipment provided by your instructor, and face the challenge of basic rock climbing of approximately 30 meters in height. Once past the Carrasqueira, continue to the mountain summit, and get rewarded with amazing views of the south and west areas of Rio de Janeiro before the walk back down.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

9. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

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.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hiking Tour

10. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hiking Tour

Admire the breath taking views from the peak of Pedra do Telegrafo. This mountain stands 354 meters high and is located in the Selvagens Beaches sector of Pedra Branca State Park, in Morro de Guaratiba, near Rio de Janeiro. Discover the Praia Grande in Barra de Guaratiba, known locally as the Fisherman's Path, it was once a military station during World War ll. As you explore the trails of Pedra do Telégrafo you will travel 3.5 kilometers through moderate hiking terrain, and your expert guide will ensure you pass several viewpoints for the breath-taking of the panoramas. Once you reach the peak, you will be able to stand upon a stone that photographs well, giving the impression of a large drop into the abyss of tree tops. Hikers past have taken imaginative and super cool photos that went viral on the internet. Be assured that your guide to the Telegraph Stone is trained in photography and knows the best angles for the best photos. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

A hike with a small group made it exceptional and Enjoyable. Like an old friend taking you for a trip around a place he lives. Alex is extremely knowledgable, I have learned so many things. He is friendly and caring and ensure the pace suitable for all group members, in this beautiful forest. The waterfall at the end of the hike was reviving. I Will highly recommend Alex!!!!

Sergio was a great guide! Very funny and knowlegeable about the mountain and the favela. Make sure to get ready for some good exercise. Because the hike can be difficult for those who are not in shape. But the view is magnificent!!

Interesting hike, almost alone on the spot with the guide leaving early in the morning Edouardo was a fascinating guide, telling the place and his city, answering questions, attentive and discreet Brief highly recommended

Incredible experience! Klaus and Maurício were amazing, super professional and safe. The views were simply epic! Couldn’t recommend more.

Fantastic! Ulysses the guide was amazing and it was a very enjoyable way to see part of Rio. Totally recommend it!