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Explore Samba City & Carnival backstage

Gamboa, Brazil

Experience hosted by Dandara

90 mins
Includes drinks, tickets
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Portuguese

What you'll do

The only guiding tour to the behind the scenes of Rio's most famous carnival at the samba city.

You're invited to visit our home, the Carnival Factory. We’ve thought of every detail, so that you can explore each room and meet the family behind the festival.

In the Factory, we have created a unique experience where you'll see how floats and costumes are produced. Then we'll take you to our showroom to teach you about the history of Samba and Carnival. You'll end up in our dressing room full of costumes, where you'll get the chance to dress up and take some pictures. And now a surprise!!! Samba dancing class with a professional samba dancer from our samba school. Afterwards we'll share a traditional Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

Viva o Carnaval!!

Got late or not sure how to arrive? Send us Whatsapp or call - +55 21 96765-9549 / +55 21 97953-4140 and let us help you
The only guiding tour to the behind the scenes of Rio's most famous carnival at the samba city.

You're invited to visit our home, the Carnival Factory. We’ve thought of every detail, so that you can explore each room and meet the family behind the festival.

In the Factory, we have created a unique experience where you'll see how floats and costumes are produced. Then we'll take you to our showroom to teach you about the his…

Dandara's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Caipirinha and water
  • Tickets
    Admission wristband
From £11
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Dandara

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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We are excited to show you the roots of Samba and Carnival. We want to help people understand that behind this enchanted party there is a beautiful sense of community and history. Workers, children, families, and artists all gather together to put on the greatest show in the world. To be part of the Samba school is to be part of a team built on love, joy, music, and glitter.
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About the organisation: G.R.C.E.S.M Pimpolhos da Grande Rio



We are the Pimpolhos of Grande Rio, a Youth Samba School and a non-governmental organization. Our goal is to promote social inclusion and educate through art, culture, and Carnival. We are based on three pillars—the Youth Parade, our essence; the Carnival School, our education and training program; and the Carnaval Experience, the organization's socioeconomic tool to foster sustainability.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to G.R.C.E.S.M Pimpolhos da Grande Rio.

Where you'll be

During the experience you will discover the behind the scene of the preparation of the finalist of the latest Rio Carnival 2020.
We will introduce you to the City of Samba and enter the world of the biggest street show in the world. From the production of floats and costumes all the way to the making of the choreography, until the day of the parade! Our samba school, Grande Rio! Was elected the vice champion of carnival 2020.

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 284 reviews.

Kun
January 2021
This tour is much better than expected. It keeps getting better. This is the best thing you can do unless you come for the Carnaval. It is not just a tour but a hand-on experience. The price is very reasonable. I felt I got way more than I have paid for. I highly recommend it.
This tour is much better than expected. It keeps getting better. This is the best thing you can do unless you come for the Carnaval. It is not just a tour but a hand-on experience.…
Adnam
December 2020
Uma baita experiência sobre a história do samba, do carnaval e todo uma imersão os bastidores do funcionamento de uma escola de samba! Eu mesmo que faço parte de uma escola em SP fiquei surpreso com tudo que vi, experiência muito bacana, recomendo fortemente
Uma baita experiência sobre a história do samba, do carnaval e todo uma imersão os bastidores do funcionamento de uma escola de samba! Eu mesmo que faço parte de uma escola em SP f…
Jerrill
December 2020
My children and I really enjoyed the story telling of the history of Carnival in Rio. We learned so much from Cinthya and enjoyed her enthusiasm. All COVID-19 protocols were followed including alcohol gel and face masks. The tour was magical for the children, especially since they were able to try on real carnival costumes. Great job and I highly recommend this event. Please support this social organization
My children and I really enjoyed the story telling of the history of Carnival in Rio. We learned so much from Cinthya and enjoyed her enthusiasm. All COVID-19 protocols were follow…
Natalia
February 2020
В целом, ничего особенного. Довольно душно в помещениях. Крикливая и яркая ведущая. Костюмы для фотосессии очень старые и потрепанные временем, пахнут молью и потом других людей. Урок самбы - это условно. Просто все вместе танцуют. Капийриньи наливают 50 грамм. Магазин сувениров скуден и не впечатляет. Если вы были на карнавале, или привыкли к сервису и впечатлениям - это не для вас. Мы пытались несколько раз уйти пораньше - не вышло, не пускают (за нами уже шла следующая группа, работают на потоке). А так - развлечение, на троечку.
В целом, ничего особенного. Довольно душно в помещениях. Крикливая и яркая ведущая. Костюмы для фотосессии очень старые и потрепанные временем, пахнут молью и потом других людей.…
Lee-Ann Theresa
February 2020
Dandara is such a delightful person and a great story teller. She was the show! We left there feeling way more knowledgeable about the carnival and even more excited to be apart of it! This is definitely an experience I would recommend ro anyone visiting Rio. Thanks Dandara, you truly are a star!
Dandara is such a delightful person and a great story teller. She was the show! We left there feeling way more knowledgeable about the carnival and even more excited to be apart of…
Nisha
February 2020
Really insightful experience and great knowledge about what happens behind the scenes at carnival. Helps you to appreciate it a lot more. The money also goes towards a charity for children living in the area

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.