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Go behind the scenes for a rehearsal at one of Rio's famous samba schools; it's the next best thing to attending Carnival itself. Visit the courtyard of Academicos do Salgueiro with other Rio locals and dance along to some of the best samba music in the city. During this evening outing, which varies in duration, you'll learn about the history and culture of Rio's samba schools from your guide and get a chance to hit the dance floor yourself. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.


  • Samba school rehearsal night at Academicos do Salgueiro
  • Listen to a top-notch, live samba band, a regular performer in Rio’s famous Carnival parades
  • Show off your own moves on the dance floor and get to know locals
  • Enjoy access to a group table where you can take breaks
  • Learn about the role of samba schools in Carnival from a knowledgeable guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from most Rio hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Only a dozen of the 100-plus samba schools in Rio belong to the Special Group, aka the First League, and your ticket gets you into one of them.

What You Can Expect

Rio Samba School: Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Rehearsal

Carnival Samba School Rehearsal

Following pickup at your hotel by your local guide, travel to Academicos do Salgueiro, one of the most popular samba schools in Rio.

Each samba school rehearses all year for the one night of competition in the Sambadromo during Carnival, and when these rehearsals are open to the public, they get pretty rowdy. Rio locals flock to the events to sing and dance into the early hours of the morning.

Enter Salgueiro to find a packed courtyard with the band in the center. Purchase a snack or drink at one of the food stalls surrounding the dance floor. Sit at a group table to enjoy your food and libations or take a break until it's for more singing and dancing to traditional samba songs.

When you've had your fill of food and drink, met some locals, sang along to some songs and danced until your feet hurt, enjoy drop-off back at your Rio hotel.

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