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  • Location:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:3-5 hours

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Plataforma Samba Show

While at port in Rio, experience year-round Carnival at a Plataforma Show in Leblon. You’ll be mesmerized by professional drummers and costumed samba dancers during a night performance that celebrates the cultural roots of Brazil. See the stage from prime seating and watch hip-shaking samba and spinning capoeira (a Brazilian martial art and dance form) accompanied by live percussion. Upgrade your shore excursion to include a barbecue buffet dinner of marinated meats and seafood at the Plataforma Restaurant, a Brazilian steakhouse.


  • Rio de Janeiro shore excursion to 2-hour Plataforma Show
  • Experience the energy of Carnival with samba dancers, live drumming, colorful costumes and a vibrant light show
  • See traditional folk dances and music styles that express Brazil’s cultural roots
  • Upgrade to a dinner option that includes a Brazilian BBQ
  • Complimentary port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Plataforma Samba Show

Plataforma Samba Show

After your cruise ship docks in Rio de Janeiro, you’re picked up for the ride to Leblon, one of Rio’s most affluent neighborhoods, where the 2-hour Plataforma Show takes place.

Settle into a prime seat in the theater and take part in an entertaining spectacle of rhythmic live music and dance. Watch as dozens of talented dancers and drummers perform samba, folk dances and popular songs that express Brazil’s cultural influences — including Portuguese, African and indigenous origins.

Enjoy a light show alongside drummers and performers demonstrating the eye-catching spins of capoeira, a Brazilian movement that combines martial art with dance. Then get caught up in Rio’s world-famous celebration as the show culminates in a Carnival parade of outrageous costumes on stage.

The Plataforma Show finishes at midnight, after which you’ll be returned to your cruise port (or you can stay out on your own to continue your night, making your own way back when you wish).

Please note:
this shore excursion is a night tour and is designed for ships which depart at midnight or the following day

Optional Upgrade: Buffet Dinner
Before the show begins, enjoy a buffet dinner at the Plataforma Restaurant. Your meal at this traditional Brazilian steakhouse includes a variety of marinated, barbecued meats with local seafood and salads. Drinks and dessert are available for purchase at your own expense.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Rio de Janeiro port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Dinner was very good and authentic Brazilian BBQ. The show was very entertaining and the performers were very personable when we were arriving - Taking photos with us before and after the show.



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

I enjoyed the show, the musicians are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Enjoyed it very much.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The show gives a panoramic view of the roots of the samba, from the native and African influences up to the modern day spectacular Carnival. While it starts off on the slow side, it picks up momentum as it progresses.

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4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

The trip was great, enjoyed the show. Only wish was getting there a little earlier to select seats. On our arrival 15 minutes before most seats were taken.



4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

This is a good show and we went for a good dinner before the show

4 star rating: Recommended January 2012

We loved the Plataforma Samba show in Rio. But, the ride from the cruise pier took about 2 hours because of all the stops we made on the way! This was not good! We recommended this to some others on our cruise ship, and they were not happy about that bus ride. We all recommend that if you want cruise passengers to take your excursions, that you arrange for a separate bus pick-up from the cruise pier.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

The show was excellent. The logistics were terrible. For a 10 PM show we were picked up at 8 and rode around downtown RIO for 1.5 hours for no apparent reason.



3 star rating: Worth doing January 2013

The theatre itself is a bit tired and the seating is in chairs around a raised stage - feels more like a school hall. The actual show is worth it for the costumes. It is a lot of fun if you accept it for what it is - Broadway it isn't ! But glad we did it.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2014

This was WAY over-priced. The venue was dingy, dirty, and grim. And the performance seemed like a high school play. Sorry.

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