Maracana Stadium Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Access

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Maracana Stadium Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Access
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Whether you call the sport soccer or futebol, make your pilgrimage to Maracanã Stadium, hallowed ground for the game. On this 3-hour guided tour, delight in a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium renovated for the 2014 World Cup. Sit on a team bench and imagine the legendary moments that took place here, including Pele’s 1,000th goal and Brazil’s shocking defeat at the 1950 World Cup. For added convenience, enjoy round-trip hotel transport.
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In Brief

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
All entrance fees included
Excellent value for money
Family friendly
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
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Stop At: Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portao 3 Portao 3 - Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20271-130 Brazil

Discover the legendary Maracana and get behind the scenes of the most important stadium in Brazil. After hotel pickup, travel with your guide to Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, aka Maracanã Stadium, constructed in 1950 to host the World Cup. Celebrated at the time as the largest stadium in the world, the site has since been popularized as the Maracanã, after the vociferous parrots that flocked to the area.

Follow your guide into the impressive stadium and learn about the renovations made for the 2014 World Cup. Peek into press areas and get a good look inside the locker rooms, with T-shirts of famous players lining the walls, and watch video clips of awe-inspiring goals that have given the Maracanã iconic stature.

Mosey over to the team benches and admire the same vantage of the expansive field enjoyed by players of Brazil’s best teams, Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco. Listen to how thousands poured into the stadium to pay respects to Garrincha, a futebol legend, whose remains were brought to the Maracanã. Imagine the roar of 183,000 fanatical fans during Pele’s 1,000th goal here, and their collective heartbreak when Brazil lost the final match of the 1950 World Cup.

Finally, play out your fantasies and amble up the very ramp that players use to walk out onto the field, before enjoying transport back to your hotel.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off to/from most hotels located in Rio's South Zone
  • Ticket to the Visit through Maracana Stadium
  • Entry/Admission - Maracana


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
* Roundtrip transfer to/from most hotels located in Sao Conrado, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon
* Please wait for your guide in the hotel lobby of your selected hotel. If your hotel is not listed, contact us so we can inform you the closest pick up location and time

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat in case it’s hot
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.2 out of 5 based on the last 10 recent reviews

It was a miracle of memories to meet all the old icons again on film and pictures and to see this temple of football! As I am a swede it was interesting to learn that 138 000 people whatched the match between Brazil and Sweden in 1950 World Cup which was one of the first matches ever played in this stadium! Our guide was entusiastic and knowledgeable and made a very good job!
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
• Submitted 23 Sep 2017
As a big football enthusiast, this was the first tour I booked when I planned my holiday to Brazil. Even after watching a game at the stadium the day before I had the tour booked, I was still excited to see all the facilities and stadium from another perspective. Our guide spoke perfect English, was very accommodating and friendly throughout, gave us plenty of time for photos, and knew his stuff about the history of Brazilian football. Overall, I am very pleased with what I saw and would recommend this tour to any avid football enthusiast.
• Submitted 02 Mar 2016
We enjoy this tour and our guide was very good
• Submitted 21 Dec 2015
Our guide was full of great information, spoke great English, and was friendly. The tour was interesting. I felt we saw a lot. I would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 30 Nov 2015
Love the tour!
• Submitted 06 Mar 2016
The bus for the tour was huge causing the tour itself to be very late to arrive at the stadium. I did expect more things to see at Maracana, it's no where close to be the museum some of the other prestigious stadiums in the world are. JB was very nice but began sweating profusely and therefore penetrated the front of the bus with his strong body odor, but he was very kind and meant well. If I had to do this tour again, I would've taken a taxi there and bought the ticket at the door. It's way cheaper and faster. But Maracana is definitely worth seeing.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2016
Great way to see the Maracana Stadium in a short amount of time. We hit all the high points and it only took a couple of hours including transport to and from. Walking out to the field through the players tunnel was a really cool experience.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2015
Overall it was good. Only saw the basics of the stadium e.g. Pitch side, changing room area not including showers/baths. Compared to other stadium tours this was very little
• Submitted 06 Jan 2016
Only book this tour if you absolutely don't want to take cheaper options such as the subway or a taxi. This tour is nothing more than a transportation service to/from hotel/stadium. Once you're at the stadium, your tour guide is an employee of the stadium. There's not much information shared by the Viator tour guide. You get no special access compared to those that arrive by subway and pay for the tour at the stadium. We decided to use Viator because we thought the lines to get into the stadium would be long with tourists due to Carnaval. However, at 9 am there was a total of 50 people total touring the stadium. Absolutely NO LINES! The tour lasted less than one hour. I highly recommend doing this tour on your own unless you fear public transportation and don't mind over paying for this service. In all, the stadium is definitely a MUST SEE!
• Submitted 16 Feb 2016

In Brief

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
All entrance fees included
Excellent value for money
Family friendly
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour