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.
Praça Pio X
Rua Primeiro de Março, 66, Centro
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Praça XV de Novembro
Rua dos Arcos