Things To Do Near Gamboa in Rio de Janeiro

There is no shortage of things to do near Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro, with the downtown location lying close to a wealth of good museums and galleries, as well as fun nightlife options.

Regarded as an 'up and coming' part of Rio, Gamboa is a docklands area that is most famous for the Cidade de Samba, our number one pick in the area. Here, visitors to Rio can catch a glimpse of the carnival action at any time of year, with the purpose-built building holding scaled-down versions of the samba schools' parades.

Other activities and attractions near Gamboa include the naval museum, the picturesque Paco Imperial (which houses a good CD store and an equally good bistro); as well as the imposing Candelaria church, and the lively nightlife of nearby Lapa.

Despite recent investment in the area, Gamboa remains a little seedy, so take extra safety precautions around here, and always take door-to-door taxis at night.

Cidade do Samba

Rua Rivadavia Correia 60

Carnival All Year Round... read more

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Igreja da Candelária

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Praça Pio X

Magnificent, a landmark of Rio... read more

Paço Imperial

Praça XV 48

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

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Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, Centro

The best place to visit when it rains!... read more

Arco do Teles

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Praça XV de Novembro

Centro's hidden history... read more

Beco do Comercio

Praça Quinze de Novembro

Happy Hour, Happy People... read more

Beco das Sardinhas

Rua Miguel Couto

Happy Hour at Sardine Alley... read more

Arcos da Lapa

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Rua dos Arcos

Lapa Landmark... read more

Rua do Lavradio

Rua do Lavradio

Step Back in Time... read more

Museu Naval e Oceanográfico

Rua Dom Manuel, 15

Interesting oceanography museum... read more
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