Rio Festival Fun: Carnival Behind the Scenes

  • Port

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included


Carnival is South America's version of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Here's your chance to go behind the scenes at Samba City and find out more about this extravagant, noisy holiday that brings the entire continent to a standstill. At the Grande Rio Youth Samba School, learn all about how this non-governmental organization promotes social interaction and education through the culture of Carnival. Your guides will walk you through the steps undertaken to assemble a Carnival float, explain the creative process, show you how Carnival costumes are prepared, and reveal how the floats are organized. You'll see some of the floats from prior years. Feel free to don a Carnival costume and take photos.

You'll travel through the historical streets of the Little Africa district for a glimpse of Rio's Afro-Brazilian cultural ties.


Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. There are many stairs in the warehouse.