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Outside of carnival, samba does not get much better than the weekly free performances at the Pedra do Sal (Salt Rock) in the neighbourhood of Saúde.

This is hallowed ground – a former centre of the slave trade that later became home to a liberated “Little Africa”, a quilombola community and many of Brazil’s finest musicians. Each Monday – and sometimes on Fridays – these streets fill with rhythm, revellers and hawkers of food and beer.

To make a full day of it, go early and check out the Museum of Tomorrow and the impressive Olympic redevelopment of the port district, and then stay late for more drinks, sounds and dancing at the nearby Trapiche Gamboa samba nightclub.

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