Teles Arch (Arco de Teles) Tours

Teles Arch (Arco de Teles)
Telles Arch, or Arco de Teles, is a colonial gateway and quasi time portal to 19th century Rio. Leading from open Praca Quinze to narrow Travessa do Comércio, the arch is a funnel from modern day Rio to the charm of its old town past. While arches were originally common in Rio, all have either succumbed to decay or have been replaced by modern development. Telles Arch is all that remains of the city’s colonial arches, and the pedestrian alleyway it frames today is lined with bars, restaurants and cafés that make you question if you’re still in Brazil or wandering down European cobbles. Stop in for happy hour after a day of touring the city’s historical district, and stay for an evening of revelry, merriment, and the arch illuminated at night. Though the arch itself only requires a couple of minutes for viewing, it’s the way the colonial past is fused with modern city charm that makes this a favorite photo op and stop when touring downtown.

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While the area can be somewhat dangerous after dark, the bars and restaurants are generally considered safe for visiting travelers. Taxis are the preferred mode of transport after dark, though the square is also accessible by bus as well as the city metro.  

Address: Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, Brazil
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Rio Walking & Historical Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rio 2019 Street Carnaval Tour (Bloco)

Many visitors to Rio view the famed carnival parades as spectators, but this tour immerses you in the true essence of Carnaval by joining a “bloco,” an informal band made up of groups of friends of a particular street, neighborhood, or bar. You’ll get an authentic Rio experience, as well as a samba lesson, accompanied by some Brazilian drinks to break the ice.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Historical Center in Rio de Janeiro - Tour Including Transport and Tickets

Explore the main attractions in the historical center of Rio de Janeiro on this guided tour. See the Imperial Palace of Praça XV, the Arco do Teles, the Centro Cultural dos Correios, Casa França-Brasil, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, the Candelária church, and more, while learning about the architecture and its history, as well as Brazilian culture and art.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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