Pedra do Sal, Rio de Janeiro

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#7 of 11 in Nature in Rio de Janeiro
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Step into the heart of Rio's Little Africa at Pedra do Sal, a vibrant quarter for socializing, music, and street parties. With regular live samba performances, the area offers a historic setting to enjoy music and dance for fans of samba and choro. Various musicians and artists perform in the open-air space centered on a tiny plaza. Originally a quilombo village, the neighborhood grew around an old slave market and many of its residents are descendants of freed slaves. Before you head to Rio de Janeiro, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rio de Janeiro tour planner, to make sure you see all that Rio de Janeiro has to offer, including Pedra do Sal.
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  • We had a blast going to Pedra do Sal. There many street stands selling food and drinks. There is live music, people dancing in the street. I really enjoyed the atmosphere.  more »
  • Not only a former slave trade site, but also the birthplace of samba. Full of historical buildings around and cultural events from time to time.  more »
  • Carman Miranda, the samba singer with fruit filled hats started here in the 1920s. This ally is ground zero of samba. You can feel it in the walls. On Monday nights the bands, the food, the dancers co...  more »
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  • Really good music. But really crowded. Be careful with your belongings
  • A wonderful mixing people specially Monday night. A wonderful setting with some of the best roots samba you will hear in Rio.
  • One of the finest place to hear live Samba, outdoor, in a very unique spot. On Fridays and Sunday (if it's not raining)
  • This place is cool. You can have cheap drinks and good Brazilian music in the streets. It's not a fancy place but you can have lots of fun without having to spend much money. The bad thing about it is that it can be a little bit dangerous. But since you keep an eye in your purse, it's fine.
  • I enjoyed the samba night a lot! There was a mix of tourists and locals drinking beers and cheap caipirinhas, and dancing in the street.

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