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Free Carnaval Tour in São Paulo

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Rafaela
Registered on June 25, 2022

I was born and raised in São Paulo, lived and experienced it in diverse ways. Love to show people around, have done it many times with traveling friends so I know the most interesting spots to see. I Am a volunteer in different organisations and love history, so will show you the history of this city and how it lead to the different social problems we have today, but in a fun and light way :)

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

I will show you the history of carnaval in Brazil and how it became the biggest party in the world. We will start with the context of how this european celebration came to Brazil and gave birth to the Samba rhythim, then spreading to the whole country.

We will: 
-Understand the origin of carnaval and how it was transformed in Brazil with the influence of afro and native brazilian rithyms

- Learn about the history of Samba

- Visit a live samba school rehearsal or street party rehearsal so you can experience the live magic of the drums. (exact school depends on the day of the week the tour occurs)

-Play with the drums with the carnaval instruments I have and will show you how to play

I have some intruments and will show how to play  so  you can be a carnaval percussionist for some moments.

We will finish the tour talking to a percussionist whos is my friend to understand better the routine of the Samba school leading to the carnaval championship parade.


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  • Meeting point:
    Fradique Coutinho - R. dos Pinheiros,...
    Fradique Coutinho - R. dos Pinheiros, 623 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05422-011, Brazil
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    I will be by the Fradique Coutinho Subway entrance with a bright orange hat

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Ishai 05 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
Rafaela is cute and involved but the tour is disappointing. Do this tour only if you're afraid of hitting the street by yourself.
Andrea 25 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Rafaela is an amazing guide. She flexibly adapted the Tour to our wishes and showed us places and events we would never have experienced without her. It was a wonderful evening ending up at a carnavale bloco rehersal. Thank you Rafaela <3
Tania 21 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Rafaela is a really nice and fun tour guide! We were able to experience 2 different blocos, play with some instruments she brought and learn more about the history of the carnival. You can ask her for any tips during your stay, she will be really helpful. Thanks again for the tour 😊
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.