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Walk through Old Rio on this afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide. During this 4-hour 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.


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

After pickup from your Rio hotel, follow your local guide on this engrossing tour of Old Rio.

Visit the Rio's most impressive church, Nossa Senhora de Cadelária, as well as the ornate São Bento Monastery to view its paintings and gilt carvings. Stop by Praça XV do Novembro, where Brazil's emperors were crowned in the 1800s and many other important historical events took place. View the Portuguese-style Paço Imperial (Imperial Palace), built for Brazil's rulers as a home and workplace in the 1700s. Enjoy engaging commentary from your local guide while you walk, and feel free to ask any questions about the history or culture of Brazil.

Continue your tour with a stroll down Uruguaiana Street, which takes you to the Metropolitan Cathedral and Carioca Square. Your tour concludes here, and you are free to explore the area on your own or enjoy a ride back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Nicholas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

JB was knowledgeable, spoke English well and is obviously very passionate about his city. WE got a view of the Museum of Tomorrow from the Benedictine monastery that normally you would not see so got a cracking photograph. Excellent value for money, as got lots of info about getting about Rio in general,

Tip -- if you are meeting at a hotel but not resident there then go into reception --- he will look for you there not outside.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

So interesting with John Baptiste


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was one of my best tours booked on the Rio trip. It was highly personalized since I was the only one on the tour. The guide was very friendly, warm and knowledgeable and well planed. I had an amazing experience with JB. I wanted to book him for another tour, but he wasn't available. It was a pleasant surprise. Thank you JB! You are the best.

Catherine L G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A good afternoon and a great way to see parts of Rio you would not normally visit. Good too having a local guide who knows the area, gives lots of history and background and shields you from pick pockets. Thanks JB.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was set at a nice pace and he was a very knowledgeable guide.

Ramon B

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.

Lauline B

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.

Chacko G

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!!!

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