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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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Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue DinnerTheater, Shows & Musicals

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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Rocinha Favela Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal PalaceDay Trips

Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II. Purchase a tour upgrade for a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you'll taste one of Brazil's favorite lagers and learn about the history and science behind this brewery through a tour and interactive exhibits. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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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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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas - Rio de JaneiroHiking & Camping

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
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Favela Private Tour Luxury Tours

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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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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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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Samba Soul TourPhotography Tours

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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Hiking in Little AfricaHiking & Camping

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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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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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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Sitio Roberto Burle Marx TourDay Trips

Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Tour

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Visit the Roberto Burle Marx home and gardens during a private 4-hour tour from Rio. In the company of a local guide, explore the home of this artists and designer, surrounded by lush property filled with native plants. The Sitio Roberto Burle Marx is built in a distinctly Brazilian style, including elements of cubism and abstractionism. Walk through the peaceful gardens and admire the home's collection of folk art while learning about his life, work and esthetic from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio is included.
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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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Historical Tour - Petrópolis + Bohemia Brewery (With Lunch)Day Trips

Historical Tour - Petrópolis + Bohemia Brewery (With Lunch)

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This tour is for you who enjoy mountain regions with an always cool climate and surrounded by green hills with unique silhouettes. The city of Petrópolis is located at the top of Serra da Estrela in the state of Rio de Janeiro, at 845 meters altitude, mixing and combining the past and present with the charm of the imperial period buildings and the exuberant nature of Serra dos Órgãos. Turistando RJ takes you to know several landmarks of the Imperial City starting from its own route, going up the Serra de Petrópolis with a privileged view from the top. Upon arrival in the city we will visit the German House, Quitandinha Palace, Imperial Palace, St. Peter's Cathedral, Crystal Palace, Katz Chocolate House, Santos Dumont House, Bohemia Brewery and Sovereign Restaurant.
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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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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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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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Big Five Rio Attractions Private Tour with Admission Tickets and Lunch IncludedFull-day Tours

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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Rio Walking & Historical TourHalf-day Tours

Rio Walking & Historical Tour

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Visit Rio's highlights and landmarks on foot during a small-group sightseeing tour. Ride the subway downtown and follow your 'carioca' (Rio native) guide on a walk that includes Rio's most important historical and cultural sites. Visit National Museum of Fine Arts, Theatro Municipal, the Monastery Church of Santo Antônio, Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência and several other important landmarks.
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Made In Rio - Unique Local Art and Products Shopping TourHalf-day Tours

Made In Rio - Unique Local Art and Products Shopping Tour

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Rio de Janeiro can be a treasure trove for shoppers, but it’s all to easy to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going in the maze-like city. You’ll be in good hands (and have the chance to give back to the local community) on this shop hop to Rio’s hidden local street markets, shops, galleries, and workshops that would be difficult to find on your own.
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Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa TourBus Tours

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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Rio By Night: Dinner and Samba ShowBus Tours

Rio By Night: Dinner and Samba Show

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Enjoy a night out in Rio de Janeiro with dinner and a samba show. Eat your heart out one of the city's popular Churrascarias (traditional Brazilian barbecue restaurant) with unlimited meats and delicacies. Then head to a theater in the Leblon neighborhood to watch dancers perform one of the most famous dances from Brazil, samba. Listen to the lively beat and watch performers dressed in Carnival costumes during this memorable night.
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