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

Best Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of Old Rio on foot, and get a feeling for the legends and history woven around the narrow streets and superb baroque buildings of downtown Rio de Janeiro. While you walk, your knowledgeable and entertaining guide will bring the city and its stories alive.


  • Get a feel for the best of Rio with a 4-hour guided walking tour
  • Navigate the narrow streets and appreciate the historic Architecture around Rio de Janeiro
  • Discover Rio's famous sites including Sao Bento Monastery and the Imperial Palace
  • Roundtrip transfers from Rio de Janeiro hotels included

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Best Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

You'll gain unforgettable insights into Rio and its history on this four-hour afternoon walking tour, visiting the following highlights:

  • Sao Bento Monastery, dripping with gilt carvings and paintings
  • Nossa Senhora de Candelaria, Rio's most impressive church
  • Praca XV de Novembro, the square where many important events in Rio de Janeiro's history took place, such as the coronation of Brazil's emperors
  • Imperial Palace, built in the style of a Portuguese manor house for Brazil's rulers

The walk continues down Uruguaiana Street to Carioca Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral, where your afternoon walking tour of Old Rio's historic sites concludes. This afternoon walking tour takes you behind the scenes of Rio's famous sights, leaving you with time in the day free to explore Rio on your own.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Very interesting. The guide was very repetitive, too. This was tiresome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour was very worthwhile. tour guide well informed. Very patient. Was very passionate about Rio and the history of the city. Answered all questions and had time to answer individual questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We did this our first day and had a wonderful introduction to Rio. Our guide, JB (short for Juan Batiste), gave us a detailed history of all we saw. He was funny, personable and has left a lasting memory of Carioca hospitality.

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.

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