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Rio Sambodromo Map

Find Your Sector on the Map. Still Don't Know Where to be? Pick Yours

The best audio and visual extravaganza, which is undoubtedly the Carnival, can only be experienced at the Rio Sambodromo. The stadium has been designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer for spectators to enjoy the greatest visual experience of the biggest party on the planet. For a better understanding of the layout of the stadium it is prudent to look at the Sambodromo map so that you can go ahead and book carnival tickets according to your preference and budget. This map will allow you to make a well informed decision on where you would prefer to watch the parade during the carnival. Each sector has its advantages and disadvantages although the drawbacks are only a handful in some of the sectors. The frisas or open boxes, which are considered the best seats in the house at an affordable price are at floor level. These seats let you get as close as possible to the participants on the runway.

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Sector 3, 4, 5, 6 And 7 Grandstands – Affordable Seats With Unrestricted Views 

The grandstands in Sectors 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 as indicated on the Sambodromo map not only offer you excellent views of the runway but plenty of room to shake a leg with the cariocas as well. Many of the judges are seated in Sector 7, which is one reason why you need to be an early bird if you want to make it to this sector. There are no numbered seats, so you will need to get to the stadium at least two hours before the show. All the grandstand are elevated and offer everyone unrestricted views of the runway. Parade Tickets to sectors 3 and 5 are relatively lower than Sector 7, however, the atmosphere gets even hotter as the night moves on. Many of the participants spend more time in front on Sector 7 in a bid to find favor with the judges, giving you the opportunity to witness some of the most riveting performances by samba dancers.

Sector 8 – The Big New Sector

Across the street from the top star Sector 9, the sector 8 is located right in the middle of the runaway at the new Rio Sambodromo map. Because it’s brand new, experts say that sector 8 is the best new thing at the sambodromo.

Sector 9 – Reserved Mainly For Tourists

Sector 9 is the only sector with numbered grandstand seating. These carnival tickets are allocated to tourists and sell out almost as soon as the box office opens. Multilingual guides are available at the sector to help tourists that flock to the Sambodromo from all over the world in a quest to celebrate and experience the true spirit of the carnival. As indicated on the Sambodromo map the sector is also close to the drummers’ niche that divides it from Sector 11. This is the best place to enjoy the acoustics of the night where the intoxicating rhythms of the caixa drums are enough to get anyone into the carnival mood. Not many cariocas are to be found in this sector.  If you desire a bit of comfort then Sector 9 is the place to enjoy the carnival from.

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Sector 10 – A Great Value For Money

Formerly Sector 4, the new Sector 10 offers you a choice of grandstand and open box seating. This section as indicated on the Sambodromo map offers great views of the runway. The sector is popular with cariocas and is the best place if you want to watch the entire performance by samba schools as they provide spectators with the most colorful and entertaining visual experience of a lifetime. The frisas or open boxes in Sector 10 are among the least expensive seats at the Sambodromo.

Sector 11 – For The Best Acoustics

Sector 11 also enjoys the best acoustics that emanate from the drummers’ niche, a spot where everyone gets into the groove much before the rest of the spectators do. The sector 11 is usually reserved by larger groups including cruise liners, and carnival tickets are otherwise hard to procure. However, for a good view of the parade as the samba schools February towards the end of the runway, Sector 11 is an ideal choice.

Sector 12 And 13 – Perfect Choice For Cadeiras Or Allocated Chairs

As you will notice from the Sambodromo map, Sectors 12 and 13 are located opposite each other at the end of the runway, close to Apotehosis Square, where the schools gather at the end of their performance. The cadeiras or allocated chairs are well organized in rows and offer the best value for money, at less than the price of an open box seat.

Compare The Seats And Views Before You Book Your Tickets

Sector Grandstands Open Boxes Allocated Chairs Luxury Suites
1 Before the beginning of parade. NOT good. Not available Not available Not available
2 Yes, very beginning of the parade. Lots of Brazilians. Great view from rear of parade only. Yes. Beginning of parade. Great view from rear of parade only. Not available Yes
3 Yes, very beginning of the parade. Lots of Brazilians. Great view from rear of parade only. Yes. Beginning of parade. Great view from rear of parade only. Not available Yes
4 Yes, Middle of Parade. Good position. Good view o Parade. Yes, Middle of Parade. Good position. Good view o Parade. Not available Yes
5 Yes, Middle of Parade. Good position. Good view o Parade. Yes, Middle of Parade. Good position. Good view o Parade. Not available Yes
6 Yes. Middle of Parade. Very Good position. Near judges. Yes. Middle of Parade. Very Good position. Near judges. Not available Yes
7 Yes. Middle of Parade. Great position. Near judges. Yes. Middle of Parade. Great position. Near judges. Not available Yes
8 Yes. Middle of the parade. Best position.  Great views from front and end of parade. Yes. Middle of the parade. Best position.  Great views from front and end of parade. Not available Yes
9 Yes. Only numbered grandstands. Tourist Sector. Great views from front and end of parade. Yes. Great infra structure. May not be too enthusiastic sector. Not to many Brazilians. Not available Yes
10 Yes. End of the Parade.  Best view from front of parade. Yes. Lots of Brazilians. Great Crowd. Best view from front of parade. Not available Yes
11 Yes. Great View. Close to Drummers’ Niche. Best view from front of parade. Yes. Close to Drummers’Niche. Best view from front of parade. Not available Yes
12 Yes, At the end. Not good. Very crowded. Yes. Not good value, at end of the parade. Yes, best value if you want to have your numbered seat. No
13 Yes, At the end. Not good. Very crowded. Yes. Not good value, at end of the parade. Yes, best value if you want to have your numbered seat. No
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Your Ticket at the Sambodromo Map

There are seating arrangements to suit every pocket. Tickets for Carnival Sunday and Monday when the top 12 samba schools perform are the most expensive. Entry for the Access Group is less expensive although the level of entertainment is as high as the two big days. The Sambodromo is divided into sectors with each sector accommodating a grandstand with free seating, frisas or open boxes, and luxury suites in a few sectors that are the most sought after by the rich and famous from around the globe.

The Liesa Map of the Sambodromo

This is the official map designed and published by the Rio de Janeiro authorities in conjuction with Liesa, the Samba School League.