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Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro City Essentials Including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
"Begin your day with convenient pickup service at either your hotel the airport or cruise terminal. Board a private vehicle with your English-speaking driver/guide. Head to the Corcovado train station. Leave your driver/guide and take the train up the mountain. Visit Christ the Redeemer Statue. Return to the designated m along a scenic drive through Tijuca Park. See the world's largest urban forest. Visit the Chinese View and the Emperor's Table observation points. Head north of the city to Maracana one of the world's most famous football stadiums. Take a 40-minute tour of the stadium (own expense). Enjoy some Brazilian cuisine at a local restaurant (own expense) before heading to the Selaron Stairs. Admire this staircase decorated with colo an old aqueduct and interesting architectural landmark. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Drive through Flamengo Park to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Take the cable car up the mountain on your own. See the majestic landscape and view the sunset from at a wealthy neighborhood dating back to the 1920s. Relax during a short drive through this area.Return to hotel at the end of the tour."""
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One Day In Rio de Janeiro: City Sightseeing Tour
"This tour begins with a visit to the Corcovado Mountain. The statue is 710 meters tall and from that point you'll get a privileged view of the city. The ride to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer is a short drive of about 20 minutes through th you are greeted by the main monument of Brazil and a World Heritage site which introduces you to the city of Rio. After this visit the tour heads towards the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro then the Sambódromo and the city tour ends with a visit to Journalist Mario Filho Stadium popularly known as Maracanã for an outside visit. You'll then head to a steakhouse for lunch and then visit the Sugar Loaf. Located at the Urca neighborhood
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro
"After early morning hotel pickup you'll enjoy a tour of Christ the Redeemer without many of the crowds. On the way you will enjoy views of Copacabana beach Botafogo beach and Palácio Guanabara. Before heading up you'll reach Tijuca Forest stopping at Paineiras to board the vehicles up to Corcovado. The visit to the monument lasts approximately 45 minutes. In case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado you will make an alternative stop at Mirante Dona Marta (362m)
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Maracanã Soccer Stadium Tips (43)


Any football fan would want to take a tour of the Maracana Stadium which costs R30 these days, but when i visited the stadium in 1982 it cost a fraction of the price. The capacity today is only 78,639 people but in 1950 over 199,000 people were in the stadium to witness the World Cup Game between Brazil and Uruguay. The original name of the stadium was Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, but it is now named after the local river, Maracana which now runs through canals. Mário Filho was actually a journalist who advocated the construction of the stadium in 1950, but it was renovated in 2000, 2006 and 2013 for the recent World Cup.

The stadium has hosted concerts , volleyball matches, the Pan-Am Games, and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games.

In 1980 Frank Sinatra performed in front of 180,000 people.
In 1980 Tina Turner and Paul McCartney also attracted crowds of 180,000 people.
Pope John Paul II celebrated mass here.
The Rolling Stones will play there this year on 20th February

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Jan 17, 2016

Maracanã by a local

The main address of world sports, in the years to come, is Maracanã Stadium, most important venue for WC 2014 (as it was on 1950) and Olympics 2016. It's out of the touristic South Zone, but deserves a visit - maybe watching a footbaal match there, what about it?
Most of the tickets and matches to come are announced here:
Informations about how to reach it, sectors, restaurants nearby can be obtained here, in the site I'm begining to construct:

Feel free to e-mail me about specific questions:

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Apr 06, 2014

To See a Soccer Game live

You are no Soccer fan, it doesnt matter. You have to see a Soccer Game live in Rio.
We went to Maracanã Stadium to see the game Vasco da Gama vs Fluminense. The Stadium was full of supporters of both teams and we enjoyed a fantastic game and atmosphere.
The result was 3-0 for Vasco, if I remember correctly.

The Vasco da Gama was founded by Portuguese immigrants, and it is still the team traditionally supported by the Portuguese community of Rio de Janeiro. It is the newest of the four soccer teams in Rio, but is one of Brazils richest clubs!
Fluminense is traditionally the upper class team. Often called as 'the White Powder' referring to the powder used to lighten the faces of aristocracy of an earlier era. It is the second largest Soccer club in Rio .
The world’s largest soccer stadium offers comfortable space for 100’000 people. At top events there were already more than 200’000 people gathering. If you want to live first hand the emotions in Brazilian soccer don’t miss a derby of the local top teams Botafogo or Flamengo. This stadium is among others also hosting concerts.By the way the stadium is the world's biggest one - Original Capacity 173.000. The Maracana was built in 1950 for the fourth World Cup.

>Vasco da Gama

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Nov 01, 2011

Watch a Live Soceer Game

It is one thing to visit the Maracana Stadium. It is a completely different experience to visit a Live Game. It is a must do in Rio. Try to go for a game just for the experience. The crowds are passionate about the game and the atmosphere is awesome. As the area around the stadium is just okay, we went for the game with Brazil Expedition.

Apr 28, 2010
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Football history

Built for the 1950 World Cup, the Maracana is one of the world's most famous & spectacular stadiums. Ideally the best time to visit it is for a football match. Even though there were no matches taking place during my stay I decided to visit it anyway. I'd heard that guided tours were available, unfortunately after a metro ride across Rio & short walk, the stadium was closed on my arrival. I did at least manage a couple of photos of the exterior.

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Jan 01, 2010

The football temple.

No visit to rio is complete without a visit to Maracana.
It´s one of the biggest football stadiums in the world and it´s a truely legendary place for all football lovers.
It hosted the world cup final in 1950 where 200 000 people were crammed in the stadium and saw home favorites Brazil lose to Uruguay.

Going there can be slightly tricky as it´s not in the best part of Rio, but as long as you are not on your own you are fine.

If you go along then try not leave the stadium with the big crowds after the game but wait inside, where you have lot´s of security guards, untill 20-30 minutes after the game and then leave when it´s quiet.

A visit to Maracana is one of the things you will brag about to your granchildren so don´t miss out on it.

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Nov 08, 2009

Brazil Expedition: Maracanã!

The last time I went to Maracanã I got robbed while crossing the pedestrian bridge connecting the subway station to the stadium. So this time, I decided I would go anyways but in some safer manner. I hired this tour called Brazil Expedition and they were great. They spoke english – which made it all so much easier – and they picked and dropped me off in my hotel. I was able to enjoy the breathtaking experience of going to a Flamengo match with all commodities and comforts. I highly recommend it for anyone travelling alone or with kids. (ps – take your camera in a hidden place, you’ll regret not having it when the show begins!)

Apr 06, 2009

Maracana Stadium Match with a Local Tour Group

Although you pay a price ($120 reais through our hotel, for example), going to a game with a tour group is a great option for the first-time visitor. Arranging directly with the tour group would probably reduce the price, according to guide books. The tour group Be a Local provided transportation to and from the game, helped us know the safe times to go in and out of the stadium, arranged for seating in a good area (toward the top of the stadium, next to a group of Brazilians passionate about the game so we got the experience but no worries about bad things being thrown at us which is a danger in other areas), and assisted with safety the entire time. We enjoyed cervejas and snacks outside the stadium before the match, inside the stadium before and during the game (Fluminense v. Vasco), and had the chance to buy souvenirs (OK to negotiate on the price outside the stadium but no luck inside). Although we had some leisurely time outside the stadium before the match, we waited for a safe time to leave and then rushed to the van for safety reasons and so the tour guides could prepare for their Favela Party tour. So don't wait until afterwards to buy food or a souvenir!

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Mar 26, 2008

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Footbal madness

Even if your not in footbal you have to try to see a match over here. The atmosphere is amazing. When I went a game costed 30 real.
Go there by taxi because the neighbourhood is a bit dodgy.
Many hostels organise tours to the stadium as well. This will be a bit more expensive though.

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Mar 20, 2008

The Maracanã Stadium: for all football fans

The Maracanã Stadium was built in 1950 for the 4th World Cup. At first it was officially known as the Estadio Municipal, and later, in 1964, was renamed after Mario Filho, the founder of Jornal dos Sports, Rio de Janeiro's daily newspaper. However, to the locals, it was always referred to simply as the Maracanã, after the small river that flows by the stadium. This name given by the people started to supplant the official name and eventually the stadium became known to the world simply as Maracanã.

It is built in reinforced concrete as a giant oval of two tiers, divided by a smaller intermediate level of open boxes. Circling the rear section is a dramatic sweeping roof, which at the time of the stadium’s construction was the largest spanning cantilevered cover in the world, spanning nearly 30 meters. This made it the world’s biggest football stadium at the time, with an official world-record attendance of 199,854 for the 1950 World Cup Final, Brazil v. Uruguay.

Tours of the stadium are available but to see it at its best you should really go to a match – see my Sports tip to read about our experiences there.

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Jan 27, 2008

o stadio mais grande do mondo

If you came as far as Brazil, mind as well enjoy the brasilian fantasy. Futebol is a passion that drives everybody, big, small, women and men, evrybody and the Maracana is its biggest expression. Entrance to the stadium runs as little as R35 for a normal game and a couple hundred for a more expected game. The league runs almost all year long, and while on break they have some friendly games so there is no reason why ot to attend. Tickets can be bought at the stadium itself, no membership needed. The metro has a stop here.
You can also get into the museum-stadium (R20) and enjoy some of the history, go to the changing rooms and walk all the way to the field, quite a sensation to see all those seats and just imagine them full of fanatics chanting your name, wow.....

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Jun 19, 2007


The stadium is home to three local teams (Flamengo, Fluminese and Butafogo), and hosts on average more than 76 games a year. The music, the passion, and the atheletic skills are a must see if you are soccer fan.

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Jan 29, 2007

Things to Do Near Rio de Janeiro

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Quinta da Boa Vista Park

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I was mugged within the first few hours of arrival, outside of one of the best hotels on the strip. Lots of people witnessed, yet no one went after the thief. A few days later, some gypsy-type...
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Santa Teresa

Hiding in the hills above the energetic Lapa, the winding roads of the Santa Teresa district are a great destination for those looking to spend time away from Rio’s beaches. Its collection of cafes,...
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Igreja de Nossa

The church museum was founded in 1939 ready for the church's bicentennial. It contains objects such as documents, plates, chalices, paintings and furniture previously used for celebrating mass and...
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Getting to Rio de Janeiro


Avenida Presidente Castelo Branco, s/n - Portão 2 - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ 20271-130, Brazil


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