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Explore the backstage of rio's carnival and sambaCultural Tours

Explore the backstage of rio's carnival and samba

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Explore the Carnival Factory, for a peek behind the scenes of Rio's Carnival, on this cultural tour. Learn how the parade's famous floats and costumes are produced. Listen to commentary on the history of samba and carnival, then hit the dressing rooms to try on some costumes and take some photos. Wind up with some cocktails and a samba class for the whole carnival experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$27.03
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$27.03

Rocinha Favela Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth local experience with this walking tour of one of Rio's favelas, Rocinha. Follow your resident guide to get an insider's perspective on daily life and learn about the challenges these communities face.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.40
$32.67
$3.27 savings
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$29.40
$32.67
$3.27 savings
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Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue DinnerTheater

Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue Dinner

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Attend the Ginga Tropical Show, a dance and music that allows you to learn about Brazil's vibrant history and culture through its traditional music and dance. During this show, see talented performers dance the lambada, samba and bossa nova dressed in outrageous Carnival costumes. Hear folklore from around the diverse country, live drumming and the Brazilian martial art: capoeira.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.99
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$104.99
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Favela Private Tour City Packages

Favela Private Tour

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If you have ever heard. '' Don't go to a Favela(slum) '' is dangerous. however you know this phrase is a preconception. Would you like to know a real favela? Would you like to see the reality, naked and raw? Then come with me! I do not offer pick up. But I will send you the address so you can come by Uber / taxi or by subway. Getting to our meeting point is simple and affordable. You will tour the neighborhood as your guide tells you the history of the community and how it has developed to this day. In the "sky window" at the top you will see amazing views and take photos. Walking the same paths that local people travel every day, you will experience the scenes and culture of this vibrant and friendly neighborhood. You will visit a neighborhood supermarket and other local businesses and see some of the social projects that benefit the community. You will need to bring money for a donation in some places we visit, such as rooftops, house (around $ 10) and drinks and souvenirs.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00

Carnaval Experience - Behind the Scenes of Rios Carnival in the City of SambaBus Tours

Carnaval Experience - Behind the Scenes of Rios Carnival in the City of Samba

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s biggest parties during this tour in Rio de Janeiro. See all the work that goes into this week-long party as you tour the City of Samba, a warehouse where floats and costumes are kept, and the Grande Rio’s Samba Factory, to learn about the history of samba and how to samba while wearing a traditional costume.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.96
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$49.96
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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón StepsHalf-day Tours

Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

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Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa. Then, walk along the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. You will visit the Ruins Park (closed on Mondays), a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in the South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), a permanent member of all “must-see cafés” rankings around the world.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.74
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$35.74
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African Heritage: Gastronomy and Musicality ExperienceHalf-day Tours

African Heritage: Gastronomy and Musicality Experience

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This experience allows people to experience a unique moment, immersing themselves in flavors, aromas, sounds and behaviors of a very old culture that is a direct part of the history of Brazil, with all its ethnic mixes rescuing the gastronomic identity and the music of a people and still unknown by many.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Samba Soul TourCity Packages

Samba Soul Tour

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Let's walk through the history of Samba, following the steps of this rhythm symbol of Rio cultural identity, icon of local african heritage and afro-brazilian resistance. Visiting the main cultural spots in Cinelandia and the Mauá Square, we talk about how the Portuguese culture developed carnival as a political party and samba as a afro-brazilian identity. Walk with us through the Portuary Zone to see the biggest open-air street art gallery and learn about cultural resistance at Pedra do Sal, icon of africanity in Rio. Let yourself vibrate with Carnival magic doing some steps and taking pictures with the colorful costumes at City of Samba, headquarters of the Samba Schools. The main idea is that you enjoy the stories that made Samba the soul of our lovely city. We want you to feel safe, confident and relaxed while we are going through the downtown area of the marvelous city.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.09
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$81.09

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas - Rio de JaneiroHiking

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas - Rio de Janeiro

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Get a glimpse into local life in Rio de Janeiro during a favela tour that reveals a different side of the Marvelous City. In an intimate group limited to 12 travelers, you’ll explore two of the largest favelas in Rio, and benefit from the local insight of a guide as you learn more about living conditions in the city.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.90
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$31.90
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Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de JaneiroHalf-day Tours

Cidade do Samba Behind-the-Scenes Carnival Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Carnival during this tour of Cidade do Samba. On this outing, follow your guide on a tour of the Acadêmicos do Grande Rio's warehouse, one of Rio's top samba schools, where they store their outrageous costumes and grandiose parade floats. Toast to your insider's experience with a traditional caipirinha while you learn about the history and culture of the Carnival in Brazil. Brave visitors can even try on a few feathered costumes. Round-trip transportation from central Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.99
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$63.99
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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

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Walk through Old Rio on this afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide. During this half-day outing, wind through the narrow lanes and baroque-style buildings while your guide fills you in on the history and legends of the area. Visit sites like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Carioca Square and the Imperial Palace. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.99
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$59.99
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Hiking in Little AfricaHiking

Hiking in Little Africa

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In this tour you will get to know some of the places of the city of Rio de Janeiro called "Little Africa" by artist and sambista Heitor dos Prazeres in the early twentieth century. These sites are part of the historical and archaeological circuit of celebration and awareness of the African heritage of blacks in Brazil.  "Little Africa" has come to identify a significant part of the city's waterfront, where African presence and black cultural heritage have forever marked the history, not just of Rio de Janeiro but throughout Brazil.  Often blacks from all over the country were welcomed there, usually by "Aunt Ciata" who was a very important figure for this whole historical process. It is through this walk through "Little Africa" you will also get to know the Cultural Center "Tia Ciata", Museum of New Blacks, Cais do Valongo, hanging garden and we will finish in Pedra do Sal where besides the historical collection also has great bars and restaurants of typical Afro-Brazilian foods.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.01
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$27.01

Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa StepsHalf-day Tours

Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps

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Explore one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, Santa Teresa, on this guided sightseeing tour. With a small group of 12 people or fewer, walk down cobblestone streets among the district's interesting architecture. Admire sprawling views of greater Rio de Janeiro, climb the Selarón Staircase, explore the Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park), and walk through Guimarães Square where local shops, studios, and restaurants abound.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.79
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$61.79
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Rio de Janeiro Little Africa Walking Tour - World Heritage SiteHalf-day Tours

Rio de Janeiro Little Africa Walking Tour - World Heritage Site

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Little Africa is situated in a region where the African presence has left a living heritage, which perpetuates and is renewed to this day. It expresses, therefore, struggle and resistance. Brazil was the destination of at least 40% of all Africans who arrived as captives in the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Out of these, about 60% entered through Rio de Janeiro's port, almost a quarter of all Africans enslaved in the Americas. The city of Rio de Janeiro can be considered the largest port of slavery in the history of mankind. The history and impacts of slavery trade lined up Brazil’s colonial heritage and contribute to dynamics and exclusions socioeconomic conditions that permeate the whole Brazil society till nowadays. Fortunately, it also resulted in the creation of vibrant Brazilian culture, multivocal and multifaceted, rich in cultural matrices, colors, and flavors.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.03
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$27.03

Rio Historic Center Walking Tour with Typical Brazilian LunchHalf-day Tours

Rio Historic Center Walking Tour with Typical Brazilian Lunch

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This stroll will give you an excellent overview of the Historic Center of Rio, which combines Baroque churches, colonial buildings and modern buildings as it is also the business center of Rio. The visit is made on foot at your own pace and ends with a lunch on Cinelandia square included in the service.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.64
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Petropolis The Imperial City Private TourDay Trips

Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

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Get to know Petrópolis, the Imperial City of the State of Rio de Janeiro, during this private tour from Rio. Following hotel pickup, travel in a private vehicle through Serra dos Órgãos National Park, stopping for great photo ops along the way. Tour the Quitandinha Palace and the Imperial Museum to get a sense of the region's history. Stop for a traditional Brazilian lunch, then take a walking tour of the historic streets lined with examples of architecture from different eras. End your day with a visit to the local brewery. Enjoy personal attention and a flexible itinerary tailored to your interests on this private tour.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.92
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$99.92
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Morning tour to Christ Redeemer Statue & Sugar Loaf Mountain + City Tour & BBQFull-day Tours

Morning tour to Christ Redeemer Statue & Sugar Loaf Mountain + City Tour & BBQ

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Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer, on the peak of Corcovado Mountain, in the morning with a local guide. Then hop on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Bring your camera to capture the panoramic views from the city's high point as the morning light bathes the city. Opt to add a Brazilian barbecue buffet and/or a city tour of Rio's main key landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
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$108.00

Big Five Rio Attractions Private Tour with Admission Tickets and Lunch IncludedFull-day Tours

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Big Five Rio Attractions Private Tour with Admission Tickets and Lunch Included

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Rio de Janeiro is home to world-famous landmarks, natural wonders, and vibrant neighborhoods. Discover it all on this private tour with an itinerary that takes in five of the city’s most memorable attractions. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado hill, ride the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and take in the views from Vista Chinesa in the Tijuca Rain Forest. Plus, visit Parque Lage and explore the Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to the colorful Selaron Steps.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$198.14
$233.11
$34.97 savings
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$198.14
$233.11
$34.97 savings
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Favela Brothers Tours -Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro Half-day Tours

Favela Brothers Tours -Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

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Favela Brothers is a family run tour company, operated by the brothers Maka and Obi Basilio, both born and raised in Favela da Rocinha. We decided to organize guided tours within the community in which we live to offer a unique and quality service for travellers who are in search of culture and knowledge. Our tours allow a great immersion into daily life inside the favela and it is a great cultural exchange for all. You will learn about the history from the eyes of the locals, As the whole tour is carried out on foot where you get to know the alleys, rooftops, shops, cultural projects with which we work, and delicious local restaurants if you get hungry. Part of the resources that we collect through the tours, we donate to assist social projects (capoeira and an English school) that contribute to the education and development of the community's children and youth.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro (8 hours)Day Trips

City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro (8 hours)

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With a full day to spend in Rio de Janeiro, you can visit major locations during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Let a guide take you to the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps), the Sambódromo where Rio’s Carnival takes place, Maracanã stadium, the Metropolitan Cathedral and more. With minivan capacity capped at 20, you’ll find it easy to follow your guide. Buffet lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.03
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$107.03

Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa TourBus Tours

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Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour

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Explore the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa and downtown Ancient Rio during this 4-hour private tour. In Ancient Rio, visit sites like the France Brazil House, Arcos da Lapa, Teles Arches and Praça XV. In Santa Teresa, admire the stately mansions from the early 1900s and view the neighborhood's original tram, built in 1897. Learn about the importance of both of these neighborhoods in Rio's past through commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
$60.00
$12.00 savings
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$48.00
$60.00
$12.00 savings
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Private Day Trip Petrópolis with St. Peter Cathedral, Imperial Museum & moreFull-day Tours

Private Day Trip Petrópolis with St. Peter Cathedral, Imperial Museum & more

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Delve deeper into the history of Brazil on a day trip to the historic city of Petropolis, located high in the mountains. Letting someone else drive allows you to relax and focus on the mountain scenery, while a private guide gives you undivided attention and allows ample time for asking questions.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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$71.80

Favela TourHalf-day Tours

Favela Tour

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Learn about life inside Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas. You’re driven to the top of the slum community, located on a hillside that overlooks the city, before you descend on foot. Your guide offers insight on Rocinha’s socioeconomic issues and the lives of its inhabitants during your walk.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.49
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Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour (Lunch and Bohemia Brewery optionals)Day Trips

Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour (Lunch and Bohemia Brewery optionals)

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Venture away from the busy city of Rio and take a tour of Petropolis and the Bohemia Brewery on a small-group tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the house of Santos Dumont, Quitandinha Palace, and much more. After a delicious Brazilian lunch, head to the Bohemia Brewery to learn about beermaking and sample the famous Brazilian beer.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.00
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$46.00
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