Rio de Janeiro (State) Walking tours

Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro (State) Walking tours

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

1. Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

Rio de janeiro: Private VIP full day tour

2. Rio de janeiro: Private VIP full day tour

Have the comfort of a private car for you, your partner or your group! We'll pick you up from your hotel ( or airport) and drop you off at the end of the experience! We will escape the traffic and avoid crowds at the main tourist attractions for the best photos Enjoy the best travel tips from our guides Experience the best restaurant in Rio with an amazing view or choose the restaurant that you prefer Be our VIP with fresh water, snacks and a city map on our car! We will be visiting the main touristic spots plus our top best spots in Rio that no one else will show you, with a Tour guide and a Private driver we will take you throught the city of Rio de janeiro for an amazing 8-9 hours tour. Skip lines, enjoy the ride, and the amazing history of this city who was the first european capital outside europe and the capital of the Brazilian empire. Many curiousities and amazing spots ara awaiting for you at this who is a must do in Rio. All the day's logistics, where we'll go first and where we'll go next, is thought out taking into account what happens in the city! At Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf montain), get VIP access, avoiding all the queues and receive the privileges of being a VIP (like cold water and privileged access before everyone else). You won't regret it, it's the best option in low and high season!

Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

3. Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

Traveling is also about fun! Want an unforgettable night in Rio de Janeiro? Then Pub Crawl Lapa is for you! Stay until dawn in the most bohemian and vibrant neighborhood of the Marvelous City! Lapa is one of the “most carioca parts of Rio de Janeiro” due to its super democratic way. Full of traditional bars, samba circles, nightclubs with live music, and dance halls, it has space for all types of people and music! With a lot of samba, funk, DJ's, and with renowned names of Brazilian music! Making thousands of people meet in the neighborhood every night. One of the most incredible features of Lapa is that all the tribes meet there, making everything even more special. Representing what the carioca does best: welcoming everyone with joy and open arms! In our Pub Crawl you will be able to enjoy three to four of the best clubs in Rio's nightlife, win a welcome shot, free shots in our drinking games, and an unforgettable night with lots of fun! All this accompanied by an international group, full of lively people with whom you can make friends, and by our guides, who are experts in the area and know how to enjoy life like no one else! Our team will show you the best live music venues, where to buy cheap caipirinhas and how to walk the busy streets of Lapa. Buying our Pub Crawl you guarantee an amazing night for an affordable price, security, and being able to meet people from all corners of the planet. Our guides will accompany you for four hours, but after that, you are free to stay and enjoy the rest of the night! The price is really worth it, as the places we work charge an entrance fee and if you went alone you could spend more than R$100 on these fees alone. What are you waiting for? Make your reservation now and get ready for an unforgettable night!

Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

4. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

Take an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the favelas on this guided tour. Your guide is a local from Santa Marta, who will be able to share you with you an authentic perspective of the beautiful favela they call home. Using the Santa Marta cable car, your guide will take you to the top of the favela. From here you will get to witness one of the best panoramic views of the city. Spot Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. Then explore the streets and alleys held dear by both residents and the many famous visitors to Favela Santa Marta alike, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson. Stroll through the favela, seeing the best sights and stopping at many of the local artisan shops along the way.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

5. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

Discover what goes on backstage at Rio's Carnival with this guided walking tour. Watch as preparations are made for the world's most famous parade with this attraction ticket. Wear some authentic costumes and take a Samba workshop before savoring a cocktail.  Be greeted by your guide at Samba City and begin your behind-the-scenes tour. See the carnival factory and find out how the floats and costumes are produced for the parade. Uncover the history of Samba and hear the story of Rio's carnival.  Try on some authentic carnival costumes and get some stunning glam shots. Participate in a Samba workshop with a professional dancer from a Samba school. Finish your tour by sipping on a delicious caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.

Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Walking Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Walking Tour

Depart from the meeting point we go to Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The historic center of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by centuries-old roads and buildings that show important periods in Brazilian history, from the time of the monarchy up to Brazil becoming a republic. Delve into 500 years of Brazilian history with a visit to the XV de Novembro Square. Admire the architecture of ALERJ building, Paço Imperial, and do Carmo Convent. Walk past the dos Teles Arch and see its winding alleyways. Follow your tour guide to Candelária Church and learn about its importance to the city. Then, discover hidden treasures in the architecture of the Brazil Bank Cultural Center, or as locals call "CCBB". Admire the contrast between old and modern by walking down the street to Cinelandia Square. Explore political and cultural buildings in the area, such as Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, National Library of Brazil, National Museum of Fine Arts, and City Council of Rio de Janeiro. Revel at the architecture of Colombo's Bakery, one of the main landmarks of the city's, and have a snack. Finish your tour at a subway station in Downtown Rio, and choose to return to your hotel or continue exploring the region on your own.

Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

7. Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

Begin your tour by being picked up from your hotel and discover the many hidden gems in Rio’s Downtown area with a tour guide. Start at the Valongo Wharf (the latest Unesco World Heritage site in the city) and learn more about the African influence in Brazil. Then head to the Kobra Mural — one of the largest graffiti walls in the world — created by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, to admire the five ethnic groups portrayed in a colorful geometric background. After a few pictures, you will walk along the Olympic Boulevard towards the Museum of Tomorrow. This is a modern and technological science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for constructing the future of the planet and mankind. Discover its remarkable architecture, and pay a visit to the most visited museum in Brazil. After exploring the future, travel to the past in the Monastery of Saint Benedict, where you will experience the contrast of the simple façade, with the interior covered with golden ornaments, a heritage from the Baroque period. Before heading towards the historical streets of Rio, you will see the Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron created by the American artist Anthony Howe. You will notice the reflective-kinetic-sphered-structure is a reminder of the Games. At the Praça XV, you will see one of the former headquarters of the Brazilian empire and learn more about important facts of Brazilian history that happened in the area. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), one of the “must-see cafés” from around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decorated with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’), or desserts such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th century.

Búzios Trolley Adventure City Tour

8. Búzios Trolley Adventure City Tour

Experience a ride on the trolley through the beautiful city of Búzios. Ride on a special vehicle that will take you on an adventure, in complete safety, and is the best way to get to know Búzios. Take a beautiful tour through 12 beaches and 2 belvederes in an open vehicle, which provides an incredible view. Smell the sea, and the fresh air as you feel the breeze. Relax as you take in the the most beautiful and secluded places in Búzios.

Rio de Janeiro: Sacro, Bucolic, and Handicrafts Market Tour

9. Rio de Janeiro: Sacro, Bucolic, and Handicrafts Market Tour

The São Bento Monastery was built in 1671 by the Benedictine Order. The monastery church is gorgeous and rich and its interior is covered in gold powered. Every Sunday the Benedictine monks present the traditional Mass in a Gregorian chant at 10:00 sharp. Santa Teresa, a bucolic district on a hillside, is known for its crocked houses, steep streets and tile decorated stairways, Rio’s bohemian neighborhood. Rio’s Santa Teresa tram (when available), has been preserved both as a piece of history and as a quick, fun, cheap way of getting to one of the most quirky parts of town. The Hippie fair has become a mandatory touristic visit. There the visitors will find bronze and wood sculptures, oil paintings, silver objects, hand-painted porcelains, fabrics, leather clothes, shoes, handbags, several souvenirs and typical Brazilian food and handicraft of all kinds. This 4-hour tour operates on Sundays and it includes hotel pickup and drop off. A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Hike

10. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Hike

Join this hiking trip to discover the two hills of the Sugar Loaf compound, one of Rio's most famous icons. Venture along the Costão Trail, reach the top of Urca Hill, and take in unbeatable views on a cable car ride. The Costão Trail, which will take you to the top of Sugar Loaf, requires a quick climb (15 meters/49 feet) that's considered easy by the experienced. All safety equipment for the climb is included. As you progress, take in views of Copacabana Beach, the Urca district, Guanabara Bay, Christ the Redeemer, and many more priceless sights. On the way down, hop on a cable car to Urca Hill (cost included for the first descent), then continue on a short and easy trail back to the beach. After 5pm, the descent from Morro da Urca to the beach is done by cable car (not included), due to the closing time of the trail.

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Great tour. Met by Martin the guide then taken to the Favella on public bus which is an experience. You return on the subway. Felt very safe with Martin and he gave good information in English and answered questions. The tour does have a steep but short walk, about 100 meters. Apart from that it’s all downhill but a lot of uneven steep stairs are involved. The tour is definitely worth doing

Very interesting half day tour of a favela with Edmundo. Very informative and interesting to see and understand how these communities function. We travelled by public bus to the top of the favela then walked down through the small alleys and roads. An excellent chance to experience a different side of Rio.

Very good tour and Antonio is very knowledgeable and was good company in showing me around the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro. The tram ride to Santa Theresa was a highlight.

Great day and very educational tour showing the daily struggles of life in a city life Rio when life and work and family matters.

it was extremely informative and Pedro was a very good host