When visiting downtown you will have the opportunity to see the influence from the Portuguese and French architecture among these: Colombo Bakery, Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and Casa Franca-Brasil (France-Brasil foundation). The tour will continue towards Santa Teresa where the area became famous for its winding narrow streets and the Bonde (Street car) not in use at the moment.
Carnival has been a part of the Brazilian culture since around 1850 when it was first introduced in Rio de Janeiro by the Portuguese. The essence of Carnival is celebration; the annual event is characterized by singing, dancing and partying late into the night. Our last stop (only outside) will be at the Maracana, Brazil temple to Football (soccer).