discover the best of rio and its hidden gems with our private tours

Chinese View Belvedere in the Rio de Janeiro's Rainforest
copacabana-beach
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Imperial Museum in Petropolis

Explore Rio de Janeiro in a way that only a private tour can offer

We are Be Free Tours, a private tour operator in Rio de Janeiro. But, above all, we are cariocas, in love with our city and its wonders. Since 2013 we have been offering personalized private guided tours in English, Portuguese and Spanish  so you can have the best experiences with comfort, safety, the convenience of flexible itineraries, with a private car with a driver and a certified tour guide at your disposal. Learn more about us here.

Why choose us when visiting Rio? Find out here. You can also check some photos of our tours in our gallery.

If you have a question, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions section and/or email or Whatsapp us. You can also reach us using the contact form.

And don’t forget to read our blog for trivia and stories about Rio and Brazil.

But if you prefer to go straight to the point, check our tours here. For more tours in Rio (even some free ones) and other South American countries, you can check our Viator and Civitatis affiliate pages.

Have fun!

featured tours

All the itineraries are suggestions flexible for changes

Questions? Check our FAQ and email or whatsapp us

Christ the Redeemer Statue

Rio City Essentials

Our best-selling tour! The best way to visit all the must-sees in the city.

Hotel Casino Quitandinha in Petropolis

Petropolis – The Imperial City

Join us in this time-travel tour to the lovely Petropolis, 1 hour away from Rio downtown, the place chosen by the Brazilian Royal Family to build their summerhouse in the 1800s.

Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo with Boat Tour

Visit the “Brazilian Caribbean” and explore its wonders in a 3-hour boat tour.

why choose us

Freedom and Flexibility. In conventional tours and travels, you are stuck with fixed itineraries, times, and length of stay imposed by agencies. With our more customizable program, you create your own itinerary, choosing what to visit, what to see and experience, how long to stay, and are free to make last-minute changes. Want to visit the most commonly visited destinations? Let’s go! Want to carve your own path and visit different places? We’re all in! Of course, we can give you suggestions, but in the end, the decision is always yours.

Professional, passionate and friendly Tour Guides and Drivers

It is you and your group only: exclusive attention, more comfort, and privacy. Your time, your pace

'On the fly' adaptations: change the itineraries during the tours

A more complete experience

Private tours are the the best way to visit Rio
But don’t just take our word for it!
Check our customers reviews on TripAdvisor

Based on 71 reviews.
Juliana O
Juliana O
November 8, 2021.
Verified
Best tour in Rio This is the second time I hired Be Free Tours while in Brazil. Once more they went above and beyond my expectations. The Rio's Essentials Tour is right on point!! They are not kidding you when it says: "We are flexible to change it according to your interests." When I got to Rio de Janeiro, I didn't only bring with me the excitement of finally getting to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I also brought rain... Bummer! However Marcelo and Rafael were able to quickly rearrange my tour, working around the weather, as much as it was possible. I was able to visit all the sites mentioned in the description. They made my experience in Rio fun and stress free. I totally recommend it!!
Sueli
Sueli
July 9, 2021.
Verified
Melhor escolha, passeio dos melhores, vamos ter que voltar … adoramos todo o carinho que recebemos do Marcelo e equipe! Visitar Petrópolis não estava nos planos, mas o Marcelo nos convenceu… e ainda bem!! foi uma ótima experiência e realmente adoramos, lugar lindo, cheio de histórias … Adoramos!
Sueli
Sueli
July 9, 2021.
Verified
Passeio Maravilhoso, excelente escolha, pela segunda vez fizemos os pontos turísticos do Rio com o Marcelo. passeio impecável, tudo perfeito! o guia foi ótimo conosco, eu e minhas amigas adoramos a experiência! vamos voltar certamente!
Juliana O
Juliana O
July 6, 2021.
Verified
Happy camper!! My mom and I had such a good time on this tour. Marcelo (driver) and Rafael (guide) were both so knowledgeable of the history and facts of Petropolis. We were already in Petropolis and they came all the way from Rio de Janeiro to take us around all the places to be seen. We are so appreciative of the gesture. They are so much fun! This tour is worth every single penny!
Gabriel S Paulo
Gabriel S Paulo
May 24, 2021.
Verified
Viagem Rj Ótimos guias, experiência maravilhosa. Difícil dizer qual o melhor ponto da cidade, todos são lindos cada um com sua história, particularidade e detalhes.
Diego M
Diego M
November 25, 2020.
Verified
Excelente atendimento personalizado e diferenciado! Primeira vez que contrato um passeio privativo e foi incrível minha surpresa com a qualidade diferenciada oferecida pela empresa. Capacidade ampla de fazer alterações e adequações no passeio, transparência e ótima comunicação com eles. Realmente, muito especial o tratamento oferecido, algo 100% personalizável e flexível. Já estou programando outros passeios inclusive 🙂
cindy5000
cindy5000
April 18, 2020.
Verified
Too much fun Marcel Elias made sure we had the perfect car to accommodate us and my wheelchair and the perfect guide Rafi, his partner! our cruise was 3 hours delayed disembarkation (checking for CoVid-19 and they waited! Rafi ensured we maximized the day and got to all of our destinations with all the modifications for time and wheelchair. We loved Rio and every stop was fun...unplanned was going to the school. and seeing the floats and costumes. The day was perfect. Thank you Be Free Turs!
Anthony D
Anthony D
April 6, 2020.
Verified
Incredible Followup When the Covid-19 hysteria hit, we were in Buenos Aires, preparing to embark on an awesome three week cruise with a stop in Rio. We had booked this tour with Be Free Tours/Marcelo months earlier, and Marcelo had been following up with us regarding pickup location, etc. Then our cruise canceled, followed by our hotel informing us that we were quarantined to our room. Our plans were changing fast, with no one to ask, and little information available, even on the internet. While trying to figure out our exit strategy, I got another text from Marcelo, asking if we were canceled. Since Brazil at this point was not as restrictive as Argentina, we initially thought we would fly to Rio, stay a few days, then fly back to Houston (direct flights from Buenos Aires had already ceased). We continued to text back and forth with Marcelo, as he informed us about park closings and new restrictions imposed in Brazil. We ended up flying to Rio, got a direct flight back to Houston, and cancelled the Rio tour, on Marcelo's advice. Although we never took the tour, Marcelo was the most outstanding tour guide we have ever experienced. It is no surprise that he receives such high reviews from people that actually take his tours!
David Holliman
David Holliman
March 3, 2020.
Verified
A day in Rio I do not usually write reviews but this tour was excellent and great value. Marcelos, as our driver, and Rafael, as our guide, made a great team.   They went to a lot of trouble to ensure that we had a great experience during our one day in Rio de Janeiro.   They showed great time management and flexibility in maximising the itinerary, especially in view of restrictions in the city center due to street parties and road closures. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this tour and this team.
erozemd
erozemd
February 28, 2020.
Verified
Great day tour of Rio We just came back from Rio de Janeiro and had an awesome tour scheduled by Marcello and the tour was given by Wagner and out driver Junior. Both Wagner and Junior were a pleasure to spend the day with. They were funny, knowledgeable, passionate about their job and really explained the history of the city well to us. We stopped at multiple sites including Sugarloaf mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Selaron steps and many others. We even asked Wagner if we can stop at a few other sites along the way and that was no problem as well. We had beautiful weather on our tour however the forecast did predict thunderstorms and I was very happy that Marcello did not pre-purchase our tickets to Sugarloaf mountain as first discussed due to the fact that it might have not worked out. Luckily the weather was perfect and Wagner was able to purchase tickets for us right on the spot and we were able to breeze up via fast pass to the top of Sugarloaf. We finished the day with a beautiful sunset viewing from Sugarloaf mountain and some nice Capareinas where we toasted the day. Overall my wife and I were very happy with our tour our driver and our guide. We were happy with all the sites that we saw and the restaurant that was chosen for lunch. The whole experience was very authentic and we highly recommend this tour if coming to Rio de Janeiro.

You can read all the reviews here.

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frequently asked questions

What are the preventive measures against covid-19 adopted on the tours? If I'm already vaccinated, do I need to follow them?

The measures are those recommended by WHO and OMT, which guarantee us the ‘Safe Travels’ and ‘Responsible Tourism’ stamps: mandatory use of masks during the tour (including inside vehicles), hygiene of hands and surfaces, social distance whenever possible. People who have already been vaccinated must comply with the measures in the same way as those who have not yet been vaccinated. These are measures aimed at protecting the team and customers. Failure to comply will result in immediate suspension of the tour without the right to reimbursement.

I don't know if I want to visit the places listed on the tours. Can I change itineraries?

Definitely yes! This is perhaps the main advantage of private tours, especially ours: flexibility. And these changes can be made even during the tour!

Are the tours canceled in case of bad weather? If so, am I entitled to a refund?

Usually, we do not cancel tours due to bad weather, unless under extreme conditions. What we do is change the itinerary or even, if possible, the date. An exception is the trip to Arraial do Cabo because depending on weather conditions, the Navy does not authorize boats to sail. In this specific case (Arraial) we will fully refund you.

I am not sure if I feel safe booking on your website. How can I be sure that it's not a fraud?

We have a TripAdvisor profile and we are registered in the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism. But we understand your concern. There is a lot of scams on the Internet so if you don’t feel safe and/or comfortable booking directly on our website, we strongly recommend that you do on TripAdvisor. You can follow this link or search for ‘be free rio’ on their website. No matter the source of your booking we guarantee that you will have an unforgettable experience!

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