explore rio city center by foot

Want to go for a walk and learn a lot about Rio and Brazil history?

Places Visited:

  • Theatro Municipal (Opera House)
  • Cinelandia Square
  • Castelo
  • Tiradentes Palace
  • Praça XV
  • Olympic Boulevard
  • Ouvidor Street
  • Confeitaria Colombo
  • Tiradentes Square
  • Royal Portuguese Reading Room
  • Lavradio Street
  • Lapa
  • Selaron Stairs

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Starting Time: 10:30 am

Languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish

The meeting point is the Theatro Municipal (Opera House), in Cinelandia Square. The tour guide will be waiting for you. We will provide information on how to get there once you book.

If you want pickup and/or drop-off services, email us.

The Royal Portuguese Reading Room does not open on Saturdays and Sundays

Price: US$ 60.00 per person

What is included

  • Tour Guide

What is not included

  • Food and Drinks

Questions? Check this tour’s FAQ and/or contact us by email or Whatsapp

What to Expect

The tour begins by showing the history of Cinelandia Square, once known as the Brazilian Broadway, due to its theaters and movie theaters. From there, we walk to the Castelo area, which used to be a hill until the early 20th century, stopping by Tiradentes Palace, headquarters to the State Government of Rio de Janeiro.

We will check the Praça XV Square, a place filled with history, and walk by the Olympic Boulevard. Then, we will head to Rua do Ouvidor, once the main street of commerce of the city, and stop at Confeitaria Colombo, where you can try some Brazilian tidbits and have a cup of the delicious Brazilian coffee.

After this short break, we will go to Tiradentes Square, the place where Brazil’s first Constitution was signed, and to the Royal Portuguese Reading Room (Real Gabinete Português de Leitura), elected by Time Magazine one of the 5 most beautiful libraries in the world. We will then take a walk through Rua do Lavradio and Lapa, Rio’s most bohemian neighborhood, heading to the Selaron Stairs, a staircase decorated with colored tiles from all over the world, work of the Chilean artist Jorge Selaron, where the tour ends.

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Payment Policies:

  • Prepayment of 20% when booking (Credit cards, Apple Pay)
  • Payment of 80% on the tour day by cash (US$ or BRL) or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express).

    Cancellation Policies:

    • Full refund of the prepayment if cancelled at least 48 hours before the tour date.
    • No refund if cancelled 48 hours or less before the tour date.

    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.

    What are the main attractions in Rio?

    Rio has numerous natural, historical, and cultural attractions, so it is difficult to list them all. But without a doubt, the most important and famous are the Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Oh, and Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

    This tour does not include pick-up and drop-off services. Can I request them? And if I prefer public transport, how do I get to the meeting point?

    You sure can request the services but it will be a separate service. The price will vary according to where the points are. About public transport, it depends on where you are staying. We will send you precise instructions when the reservation is made.

    What should I bring to the tour?

    We recommend bottled water, sun blocker, and hand sanitizer. Light clothes are also recommended. Wearing a face mask is mandatory.

    Is it safe to bring my camera to take pictures of attractions?

    Usually yes, especially because our Tour Guides will always keep an eye on the surroundings. But, like in any big city, there is no way we can 100% guarantee that nothing will happen. Just be careful and if at any time you feel unsafe tell the Tour Guide and he will assist you.

    What about Accessibility ?

    Rio is not a good example of accessibility but the City Center got better for the 2016 Olympics. Since then, despite the lack of maintenance in many areas, we have already made tours for people with different mobility difficulties, so yes, it is possible for this public to take this tour.

    Will the tour be cancelled in case of bad weather?

    It really depends. We can change the date but if it is not possible we will cancel and 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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