Ah, Mondays… Day to stay at the hostel, sleep early for the next day, right? Not necessarily!
Mondays in Rio are also fun! Take a look at your options!
1. Samba at Pedra do Sal
Pedra do Sal is underneath the Morro da Conceição and was listed as a historic site in 1984. It is in the area called Little Africa, for being a point of sale and exchange of slaves. Besides the historical meaning, it is also full of energy and good music.
Every Monday, from 6pm, the traditional samba takes place at Pedra do Sal, one of my favorite places in Rio.
Free entrance, cheerful and democratic, as it should be. Perfect to go right after checking out the new ‘Praça Mauá’, which is close by. On the same day you can see Praça Mauá, the Museu do Amanhã. Rio Art Museum, and Olympic Boulevard featuring the big panel of artist Kobra.
2. Boat Party
Every Monday there is a Boat Party passing through the Guanabara Bay with the most spectacular view.
The boat leaves promptly at 12:00 a.m. and returns at 4:00 a.m. . Before departure, from 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. the boat offers open bar for women and (2X1) drinks for men. The music style is varied, but mostly electronic music night, funk, and reggaeton. It’s a fun and different party!
Prices and other information in the main hostels in Rio or directly with them by Whatsapp +55 21 96900 1721 or +55 21 97921 4808. I do not recommend getting there without purchasing a ticket beforehand because 99% of the time the boat leaves crowded.
To prove that Rio is not only South Zone, every Monday from 5pm to 9:30pm, Renascença Clube (Rua Barão de São Francisco, 54, Andaraí), for over 10 years, presents Samba do Trabalhador (Worker’s Samba) with the great samba artist Moacyr Luz.
How to get there: If you’re leaving from Downtown (Carioca) take the bus number 217 or 226 , which will drop you off almost at the door. If you’re leaving from South Zone take the orange line of the subway to Uruguai station, and from there take the bus 217/226, or subway bus Integration to Andaraí or Grajaú. If you’re in a group, share a cab/Uber from the Subway station as it is not far.