Rio De Janeiro Downtown Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:30 PM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If your hotel is not in the list, please contact us so we will help you finding the nearest pick-up point
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


With this touryou will have the chance to see and visit the main attractions in Downtown Rio, the oldest part of Rio de janeiro!


Small-group tour

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Led by a local guide

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sao bento monastery, Rio de janeiro, State of Rio de janeiro

The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, more commonly known as the Mosteiro de So Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict), is a Benedictine abbey located in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The abbey was founded by Benedictine monks who came from the state of Bahia in 1590. It is still operational today, along with the Colgio de So Bento (St. Benedict College) nearby.
The faade was part of the original Mannerist project and featured a centralized edifice with three archways at the entrance, as well as a triangular gable. Two towers crowned by pyramidal spires flanked the entryway. After passing through the entrance archway, the building houses a tiled porch and iron gates from the nineteenth century.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. Acoustics are "heavenly" here!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The Maracan Stadium, was inaugurated in 1950 to host the World Cup. It is the largest stadium in Brazil, with capacity for more than 78 thousand fans. The "Maraca", as it is also called, besides the games of the national champions, is the Brazilian and of other great international competitions, is the stage of the great musical spectacles.We will not go inside it and will make a quick stop outside, at Bellini's statue, for pictures visit.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Forte Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Fort Copacabana is a military base at the south end of the beach that defines the district of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. The base is open to the public and contains the Museu Histrico do Exrcito (Army Historical Museum) and a coastal defense fort that is the actual Fort Copacabana.

Pass By: Carioca Aqueduct, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the centre of the city, in the Lapa neighbourhood, and is frequently called Arcos da lapa (Lapa Arches) by Brazilian people. Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city centre with the Santa Teresa neighbourhood uphill, the Santa Teresa Tramway.

Stop At: Escadaria selaron, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Escadaria Selarn, also known as the 'Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarn who claimed it as "my tribute to the Brazilian people.
In 1990, Selarn began renovating dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles the colours of the Brazilian flag. It started out as a side-project to his main passion, painting, but soon became an obsession. He found he was constantly out of money, so Selarn sold paintings to fund his work. It was long and exhausting work but he continued on and eventually covered the entire set of steps in tiles, ceramics and mirrors.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Botafogo is a beachfront neighbourhood. It is a mostly upper middle class and small commerce community, and is located between the hills of Mundo Novo, Dona Marta (which separates it from Laranjeiras) and So Joo (which separates it from Copacabana). The word Botafogo also refers to a Latin American ballroom dance move, named so because the area of Botafogo is where it originated.

Pass By: Flamengo Beach, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Flamengo is located between Catete and Botafogo districts on the edge of Guanabara Bay. The beachfront area is dominated by the Brigadier Eduardo Gomes Park, also known as Aterro do Flamengo, built on nearly 300 acres (1.2 km) of land reclaimed from the bay and completed in 1965. The park features gardens designed by well-known Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.

Stop At: Rua do Lavradio, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Lavradio street is a famous place in Lapa district because it has several antique shops, bars and restaurants that attract people all the time. On the first weekend of each month there is a street fair that concentrates national and foreign tourists and locals who know of the local fame. The bars occupy the streets with small tables and several stalls market everything, which gives a respectable agglomeration

Duration: 20 minutes


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Entry/Admission - Sao Bento Monastery



Entry/Admission - Maracana

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking

Children up to 5 years old with ID and on the lap will be free

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-Jan-2020

    Our tour guide was Vincent Thomas (a freelance tour guide for Carioca Tropical Tours). He was excellent. It turned out that we were the only two people on the tour. His English was very good and understandable and he took a personal interest in making this tour memorable.

  • 30-Oct-2018

    If you want to see the other many attractions Rio has to offer, this is a great way to see them in 3 hours. Did not stop at all the attractions like the Maracana Stadium and the Arches but did stop at most of the places like the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, The Sambadrome and the Escadaria Selaron Steps. Can be very busy with the traffic and to get round these places in 3 hours was excellent. Would of liked to of spent more time at the Steps but with the limited time and busy traffic i would recommend this tour to see Downtown Rio in one afternoon.

  • 02-Jan-2018

    I chose this tour thinking that it would orient me to the city on my first day there. It was pretty good for that. Our guide was quite good, both personable and knowledgeable about the city. I had a good time but some of the sights on the tour just aren't much fun. For example, the Sambadrome must be great fun when there are events going on, but it isn't very interesting when it is empty. Our guide realized the same was true of the Maracana stadium so she gave us the option of walking in another area instead, by the port area, which was a great choice. My favorite point on the tour was the Selaron steps, which I revisited later.