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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  3 to 5 hours
No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Your entertaining evening at the Plataforma Show includes more than 30 brilliantly costumed dancers and musicians. This exciting mix of percussion, samba dance and capoeira (a Brazilian marital art and dance form) builds to a grand finale with a Carnival parade on stage. If you’d like to include dinner, upgrade your tour and enjoy a delicious barbecue buffet at an Ipanema neighborhood restaurant.


  • Entrance ticket to Plataforma Show in Rio de Janeiro
  • Witness a spectacular 2-hour Plataforma Show and feel the rhythm of samba
  • Experience the energy of Carnival with traditional dancers, festive costumes and a vibrant light show
  • Feast on a Brazilian barbecue buffet dinner (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transport from most major Rio de Janeiro hotels included

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What You Can Expect

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

Plataforma Samba Show

Rio de Janeiro signifies Carnival, symbolized by the exciting music, colorful costumes and rhythmic music and dance of the samba – a fusion of Portuguese, indigenous and African cultural influences. At the ever-popular Plataforma Show, you’ll be caught up in the excitement of this cultural journey as you watch a light show and a stage full of beautiful dancers.

After pickup from your Rio hotel, you’ll be transported to the venue in Leblon before your show begins at 10pm. Be mesmerized by the 2-hour spectacle as you watch typical folkloric dances and listen to the rhythms and songs that express Brazil’s cultural roots. You’ll see a cast of talented performers dance the samba and move to the beats of capoeira alongside drummers who play popular music as well. This unforgettable program culminates in a final Carnival parade, featuring eye-popping costumes on stage.

The Plataforma Show ends around midnight, when you’ll be transported back to your hotel. Or, extend the party at a nearby nightclub or bar – some located just a few steps away.

Optional Upgrade: Buffet Dinner
Your buffet dinner includes a variety of barbecue meats and seafood, salads and sushi. Drinks and dessert are available to purchase at the restaurant at an additional cost.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

I really enjoyed this viator tour. The food was great, it was a bit rushed though for me, as it is all you can eat and I like to eat a little slower and/or take a longer time than was allowed. Oh well, saved some calories that way! The show was awesome and colorful and interesting. I enjoyed it a lot and took my 21 year old daughter and she had a good time as well. The bus was clean and the guide was nice. Rio is not the safest place to go so this was a great way to get out on a Sat. night without the worries of being in the city or wondering what we should do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

First- the dinner, you will definitely enjoy it if you're a meat lover!!! all meat are cooked beautifully (whether pork, beef or chicken). There's a buffet as well that serves vegetarian and seafood paella.
Then the show- it was spectacular! the energy is so contagious and although I wasn't dress for the show (I was wearing my bulky hiking shoes and casual clothes), that didn't stop one of the dancers to invite me to the stage! it was fun and I had a great time.

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