Historical Rio Walking Tour - Rio De Janeiro

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


If you want to have a different and cultural morning, come with us and take the subway to enjoy a guided walking tour in downtown Rio. Many cariocas still refer to downtown as the City, as if it were a city apart, so busy, profuse and attractive. Rich in history and buildings of great architectural appeal, the center of the former capital of the country is best absorbed in the details when you walk through it.
You can also extend your tour and take the afternoon part of this walking tour. Please checkour complete walking tour called "Rio Walking Tour - City Center plus Olympic Boulevard and Museum of Tomorrow"


  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • All entrance fees included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Copacabana beach, Rio de janeiro, State of Rio de janeiro

You will meet our tour guide at the entrance of the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel and you will be taken by subway to downtown, stopping at Cinelndia Station

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Cinelandia, Rio de janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The metro station from the 1900's is a relic of the French Architectural influence in Brazil.

Pass By: Museu nacional de belas artes, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

A French Renaissance-style building with a collection of paintings by Brazil's finest contemporary artists as well as an impressive array of folk and African art.

Pass By: Theatro municipal do rio de janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The Municipal Theather, and the city Opera's House, from 1909, is filled with gilded mirrors, statues, murals, stained-glass windows and sparkling chandeliers.

Pass By: National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The National Library is the depository of the bibliographical and documentary heritage of Brazil, considered by UNESCO as the seventh largest national library in the world, and is also the largest library in Latin America
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Pass By: Palacio Pedro Ernesto - Camara Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The Pedro Ernesto Palace, the building that now houses the City Council of the municipality, is part of one of the most valuable architectural ensembles of the city. In the main facade facing the square, perfectly symmetrical and rich in details, the access staircase, the upper gallery with its double columns and the two "tempiettos" that adorn the corners of the building deserve special attention.

Pass By: Centro Cultural Justica Federal, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The Cultural Center of the Federal Justice is a known space for incentivizing and ensuring access of the population to many ways of cultural expression, hosting expositions, dance and music shows, courses, seminars, lectures and others.

Pass By: Tiradentes Palace, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

This marvelous palace in the center of the city draws attention to those who pass by and get delighted with its Corinthian columns and its eclectic style. The Tiradentes Palace was the former building of the Brazilian National Congress, between 1926 and 1960, and is the current seat of the State Legislative Assembly.

Pass By: Praca Quinze de Novembro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The square is located between Estao das Barcas, from where boats leave for Niteri, Rua 1 de Maro, Arco do teles and Pao Imperial, colonial building built in the 18th century to be the residence of the governors of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro and which later also became inhabited by the King of Portugal Dom Joo VI and by emperors of Brazil. Today, the Pao is a cultural center.
One of the symbols of the square is the fountain of Mestre Valentim, inaugurated in 1789, which is deactivated. In the square, also is located the Church of Our Lady of Monte do Carmo. In 1888, the square was the scene of celebrations by the Golden Law, signed by Princess Isabel, who extinguished slavery in the country.

Pass By: Paco imperial, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Built in 1743, it was used as the House of the Viceroys of Brazil. With the entrance of the Court of D. Joo VI to Rio de Janeiro, the Palace became the seat of the governments of the Kingdom and the Empire. After the Proclamation of the Republic, the Post and Telegraph were located. In 1938, it was listed by National Historical and Artistic Heritage and today is one of the milestones of the city's cultural history. Since 1985, Pao Imperial has been a cultural center linked to the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute of the Ministry of Culture, and it has a free entrance all year round.

Pass By: Correios Cultural Centre, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The architectural lines of the faade is ecletic style, feature the beginning of the century, built to headquarter a Brazilian Lloyd school. But it didnt happen and the building was used, for more than 50 years, to make the administrative and operational post areas could work. In 80s, the immobile was disabled to reform it, being reopened in July 2nd, in 1992, partly renovated, to receive the Exposio Ecolgica 92, integral event of the United Nations Conference on Environment Calendar. RIO 92
The official inauguration of Centro Cultural Correios happened in August of the next year with the World official exposition Filatelia Brasiliana, 93. Since then, the Centro Cultural Correios is marking the presence of the Institute in the city promoting events in many areas on many vacancies, like theater, video, music, arts with promotions and events in many areas focusing on the integration of cariocas people with a varied ways of artistic expression.

Pass By: Travessa do Comercio, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

One of the most interesting tours that can be done in the Center of Rio is to cross the alleys and alleys that form the Travessa do Comrcio, near Praa XV. Travessa, closed to car traffic, is one of the few places in the city that, in a way, preserves the traits of colonial times.

Pass By: Casa franca-brasil, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Commissioned in 1819 by King Joo VI to Grandjean de Montigny, architect of the French Artistic Mission, the work itself is an important historical document. This is the first record of the neoclassical style in Rio de Janeiro, a tendency that would then become popular, giving the city marked by its colonial houses a more cosmopolitan tone, European fashion.

Pass By: Centro cultural banco do brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The CCBB is a cultural center that consists of exhibition rooms, three theaters, a library, cinema, and a video room. It is housed in an art deco style building located in what used to be the financial district of Rio de Janeiro.

Pass By: Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The Church of Our Lady of Candelaria is a Catholic temple located in the Center of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is one of the main religious monuments of the city, the traditional stage of weddings of the Carioca society.


Professional guide


Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operated by a multilingual guide

Not recommended for people with walking difficulties

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Jan-2022

    This was an enlightening tour of the old city of Rio de Janeiro that was highlighted by the wonderful architecture of some of Rio’s most iconic buildings such as the Opera house, the St. Anthony Monastery and Rio’s state legislative assembly building. This is a must do tour for history buffs and those enthralled by exquisite architecture. In addition, my guide Sergio took me on the ferry to Niteroi (across the bay from downtown Rio) which provided magnificent vistas of downtown Rio. This is highly recommend tour with a tour guide that had a outstanding command of the history of Rio and the historical figures that played an integral part in the development of this beautiful city.

  • 01-Dec-2019

    Nuestro guía Leonardo fue estupendo, tuvo una buena explicación, los lugares visitados fueron muy interesantes, fue muy ameno y amable. Fue un poco más de 4 horas de tour que nos dejaron con ganas de seguir con la visita.

  • 14-Nov-2019

    It poured on us but Leonardo hung in there! His English was excellent, which we appreciate since many guides are hard to understand and he was very knowledgeable. He took us to many fabulous sites and made our tour special. We had already done 2 day tours in the area, but, this one is a must if you want to see the historical section of Rio.

  • 10-Oct-2019

    We spent 4 and half hours with Leonardo, our guide on this tour, who was excellent. We met him outside the Belmont Copacabana Palace hotel, Rio’s oldest hotel, which is a popular meeting point for tours. We then went by metro to centro where we visited the opera house, city council office, variously squares, traverse do comercio which shows off the colonial alleys. Several churches which were al beautiful. Leonardo was very knowledgable and gave us a history lesson on Brazil. Well worth doing.

  • 27-Jun-2019

    We had a private tour with Leonardo. We saw the subway to get to Centro. He took us to many beautiful churches, and described the history and architecture of many buildings in Centro. We also learned a lot about the history of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. Leonardo is very professional, knowledgeable and safety conscious. The snack was Colombo was delicious. The ride back on the city bus gave us another good experience.

  • 19-Feb-2019

    Away from the famous sites and the beaches, this walking tour lets you find out about the history behind Rio, some of it's most elegant buildings and churches etc. It's not too onerous, gets you used to riding the metro (very easy) and our guide Leonardo was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 09-Feb-2019

    We booked this tour with Viator. This walking visit to downtown Rio was exceptional! Rafael gave us much more than we expected. We have learned a lot!!! Not only about Rio but about Brazil in general. it was an exceptional tour! If you like history, this is the tour to book!

  • 18-Oct-2018

    tomamos el metro y llegamos , al bajar ya pudimos empezar a recorrer y ver parte de los hermosos edificios historicos de la ciudad, hay mapas de facil lectura para irse guiando , esta todo cerca , nos encanto poder caminar y recorrer , sin apuro , con tiempo sacando las fotos que queriamos, perdiendonos, volviendo a retomar el camino , recorrimos todo el centro, lapa, la catedral, santa teresa, la escalera, etc luego de todo el recorrido terminamos en una feria tomando algo ya que el calor agobiaba y la humedad.

  • 17-Sep-2018

    I suggest this tour!Our guide Leonardo pick-up us at Copacabana Palace and bring me and my wife to the historic centre of Rio. He knows everything about this city and he explained us each single detail. I think that is not so easy to find a guide as Leonardo!! Thank you very much!

  • 30-Aug-2018

    Our tour started just before 0900 on what would be considered an annoyingly wet day. To start off the tour and hope for the rain to pass, Leonardo took us through a 25-30 minute history lesson on the development of Brazil starting back at the 1500's and progressing through to the 2000's. We learnt so much history in just a short amount of time which really assisted us in understanding the timelines and development of buildings and key monarchs during the tour. We took the subway for about 5-6 stops to reach downtown Rio where Leonardo took us to places which we would not have otherwise seen walking around ourselves or by 'Googling'. We visited the national library and theatre, churches, the oldest bank in Brazil, a number of statues/memorials as well as a hidden treasure Coffee shop. Overall, the tour lasted just over 4 hours. Leonardo's knowledge on the history of Brazil and the city of Rio was terrific. We really enjoyed our time and highly recommend other people take this tour too!

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