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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

A little background about myself: this was my first trip to Rio, and before this tour, I had not spent any time in downtown Rio. I am generally interested in history, perhaps more than the average person.

Our tour guide, JB, was fantastic. He was very energetic, and was very enthusiastic about the city. He was extremely knowledgeable about the stops on the tour (and a lot off the tour) and effectively communicated with all of us. He walks fast, he talks fast, which is great, because he was able to cover a lot of ground in the 4 hours we had. (Even during the ride to and from our hotel, he was telling us about the buildings we passed and the early rulers of Brazil.)

The tour stops were also well chosen. We visited four churches, two cultural centers, three squares and a wonderful old restaurant (the Confeiteria Colombo), all of which were downtown landmarks. I was never bored, I felt like I got a good sense of downtown, and though the tour was 6 hours long, the time just flew by.

Again, you walk a lot, so if you don't walk well/cannot do so for long periods, I would not suggest this tour.

Highly recommend this tour!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Our guide JB was perfect! Very kind and funny, but most of all PASSIONATE about the city. He will bring you to the best spots. Thank you for the amazing tour, we learned a lot!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Our tour guide JB was really quite fabulous. Full of energy, just a great ambassador for the city. I really enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

It was fantastic. Very interesting and got a good feeling and understanding of the city

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

one of my favourite.. gives taste of Rio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

I booked 3 tours through Viator. JB, the tour guide is the best. He is very passionate about his job and tour reflects it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Great tour given by JP, he is very knowledgeable and a truly dedicated tour guide. We were quite fortunate to be only 3 and got a very personal tour, It was amazing to go through the old city and see the sites. It made the trip more enjoyable and much more worthwhile.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

We had an invigorating tour with our guide John the Baptist. Highly recommend this walk for those interested in the history of Rio de Janeiro -- as well as good exercise. Get off the beach and see the real Rio and learn about its architecture and history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide, JB. Saw and toured the important sites of the city and learned its history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Excellent trip. JB is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We visited places that we would never have found on our own. And the cake shop - fab!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Our tour guide "JB" was very amusing. The walk is about 3-4 hours through downtown. JB was sure to stop for breaks and snacks. We also had 3 small children who did well on this tour. Note, we went during summer, and a couple people struggled in the heat, so be sure to bring big hats and water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

Delightful tour! Excellent, knowledgeable guide. Small group made this tour extra special!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Really enjoyable afternoon out. "JB" was our guide and what a true pro....we were a small group of 4 women and he made sure we were well looked after. His knowledge of Rio's history, the architecture and his sheer enthusiam made this a treat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

A great way to see central Rio, with a wonderfully charismatic guide. Lots of interesting insights and we had delicious cakes when he took us to a famous cafe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

JB was an excellent tour guide!

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