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Historic Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour

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"Excellent walking tour of Historic Rio de Janeiro" noel morada
Historic Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour
Historic Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour
Historic Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour


  • Discover Rio′s most beautiful and important buildings
  • Take a stroll through history with an expert
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off


Richly endowed with history, Rio is a fascinating place to explore and one of the best ways to do this is on foot.

Starting in the historical heart of the city, this tour reveals the legacy of Rio’s often turbulent past.

Wander cobbled streets to see lovely colonial architecture bequeathed by the Portuguese in the 16th to 18th centuries – the Imperial Palace, France-Brasil House (old Royal Custom House), the Lapas Arches and the Benedictine Monastery. View 19th century gems such as the Candelária Church, the Banco de Brasil and the Casa França-Brasil, and contrast them with the modern masterpiece of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

This is a different kind of walking tour which gives you a feel for the legends and stories woven through the narrow streets and old buildings of downtown Rio.


At the start of your Historic Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour you will be picked up from your hotel in a coach at a time pre-arranged with the activity operator and driven to the start of the walk.

The tour tells the history of Rio as it is expressed in the neighborhoods, monuments and significant buildings.

You will see the magnificent São Bento Monastery and Church, one of the finest Benedictine complexes in Brazil, and the neo-classical Candelária Church, the largest church in Rio. The Candelária was the site of an infamous incident in 1993 when eight destitute young people were killed with the active assistance of the police.

You will see Praca XV, a square which has featured prominently in Rio’s history. From 1743 to 1889 it was home to the government not only of Rio de Janeiro but also Brazil. The square was later renamed Praca 15 de Novembro to mark the date on which Brazil became a Republic (15 November 1889).

Close to Praça XV is the Imperial Palace This architectural treasure was built in the 18th century as a residence for the governors of colonial Brazil. It was later used by the King of Portugal and by the Emperors of Brazil.

Stroll along the cobbled street of the Travessa do Mercado and admire the lovely old buildings. See the beautifully restored Banco de Brasil, now a cultural center, and the Casa França-Brasil, Brazil’s first neo-classical building. Constructed in 1820 to a design by a French architect, it started life as a Custom House but is now an exhibition space.

Your guide will show you Rua do Ouvidor (Ouvidor Street), once one of the most important streets in Rio, linking the port to the warehouses. Although it has lost its earlier status, it is still a busy commercial street, full of shops, banks, and restaurants. You will walk along Gonçalves Dias Street with its traditional Colombo Coffee Shop.

You’ll see the Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), originally built as an aqueduct to bring water to the city. Built in the 18th century, the arches are an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering.

The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street and through Carioca Square to the Metropolitan Cathedral where you will meet the coach that will take you back to your hotel.

Find the hotel pick up list. Download the list of Hotels from which pick up is offered. If your hotel does not feature on this list the local operator will advise the most convenient pick up point.

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  • Excellent walking tour of Historic Rio de Janeiro

    Our tour guide was very thorough in providing background and explanation to various historical sites in Rio, especially those old churches in the area. The culminating activity...

    Noel Morada
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


4 hours

Start time

Hotel pick ups from 1:00pm
Duration: 4 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator on arrival in Rio, or 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Walking Tour
  • English-speaking guide


  • Meals and Beverages


Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes for walking. Don’t forget the camera!

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Please note

Upon arrival in Brazil, please call the number on your voucher to confirm your pick-up time and location.

Pick up is available from most hotels in the São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana areas of Rio de Janeiro. If we are not able to pick up from your hotel an alternate pick up location will be arranged upon reconfirmation.

Please be ready in your hotel lobby 5 minutes prior to the agreed pick up time. The guide will come in and call you by name. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding the coach.

Regrettably this tour is not wheelchair accessible

This tour is subject to a minimum passenger requirement and depends on weather conditions. Should it not be possible to operate the tour on the date you have booked for you will be offered the opportunity to move to another date or a full refund.

“If you would like to avoid picking up and dropping off other passengers, please ask for the last meeting point location when calling to reconfirm or when selecting your pick up point.
On Week days at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for tours departing until 9:00am. After that, at the Marina Palace hotel.
On Saturday at the Marina Palace hotel for all tours.
On Sundays and holidays at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for all tours.”

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

See the Cancellation policy for this product

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