Rio de Janeiro
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Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro Walking Tours

  • Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

    1. Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

    Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups (average of 10 people) and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

    Alfredo's ( Alberto) knowledge was immense and he was so we'll connected in the favela as he lived there for his whole life. He is extremely intelligent, sociable, and really explains the life inside the favela through bringing you on the tour!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

    2. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

    Start your favela tour with a pickup from one of the meeting points in Copacabana or Ipanema beach. Journey to the Rocinha Favela for the start of a walking tour at approximately 2:20 PM. Follow your local guide through the favela and learn more about what it is like to live there. Rio's favelas are a big part of city life, and the non-intrusive tour aims to educate you in a way that pays respect to the locals. In addition, part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future. Get a different perspective about life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a local guide.

    Rafael knows his stuff! We definitely recommend anybody to tour Rocinha with him! It's also a huge plus that he speaks 5 languages! English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Hebrew! Not only did we feel 100% safe with him on our tour, we left with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for what life in a favela is like for the people who live there. Rafael was very thorough and made sure to stop and see if we had questions along the way! We went on our tour in the late afternoon so luckily it wasn't too hot but make sure you wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking up and downhill and some parts can be quite exhausting if you're not used to walking up and down steep slopes. Again, we can't thank him enough and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone! Tell him Christian and Alexis from America sent you!

  • Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

    3. Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

    Take an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the favelas on this guided tour. Your guide is a local from Santa Marta, who will be able to share you with you an authentic perspective of the beautiful favela they call home. Using the Santa Marta cable car, your guide will take you to the top of the favela. From here you will get to witness one of the best panoramic views of the city. Spot Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. Then explore the streets and alleys held dear by both residents and the many famous visitors to Favela Santa Marta alike, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson. Stroll through the favela, seeing the best sights and stopping at many of the local artisan shops along the way.

    Great Guide which speaks perfectly english and knows a lot. I felt secure at all the times. Support the local stores inside. Thank you!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

    4. Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

    Visit Rio's top attractions on this guided tour. You will be picked up at your accommodation by your professional, English-speaking guide and start the full-day adventure by visiting one of the 7 wonders of the modern world: Christ the Redeemer. You will travel through a rainforest to reach it then, after a photo op at the awe-inspiring statue, you will head to visit to the Maracanã Stadium to see the site of the 2016 Olympics. Then, on to the Sambodromo where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place. You can take photos with the costumes and learn from your guide about Brazilian Carnival culture. Your guide will take you through the historic centre to discover Colombo Bakery, opened in 1894, it still preserves its Art Nouveau decor. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is next up, a masterpiece of modern art famous for its unusual architecture, then the Lapa neighborhood -where t...

  • Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

    5. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

    Hike one of the most famous rock formations in this wonderful city, the Pedra da Gavea. Summit at 842 meters and take in the spectacular views of the Bay of Guanabara and some of the main beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Also, see majestic views of famous mountains in nearby Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Bico do Papagaio, Pedra Bonita and Corcovado. During your adventure along the Pedra da Gavea trail, you may also spot some wild animals of the Carioca Atlantic Forest! There are many animal and bird species that live in the greater Tijuca National Park area. Bring your camera and capture the panoramic views this special spot has to offer.

    Great guide and a great tour. They tend to cancel at really short notice if there are not enough people. Which I can understand but please plan more time. I recommend to just pay for the group to fill up.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Four-Bar Pub Crawl with Extra Activities

    6. Rio de Janeiro: Four-Bar Pub Crawl with Extra Activities

    Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a unique pub crawl through the neighborhood of Lapa. Stop at several bars, clubs, and parties and meet friendly people as you explore the marvelous city of Rio. Each night, walk from bar to bar before ending at a club. The pub crawl finishes at 00:30 AM in a club where guests are welcome to stay until close. If you wish to go home, your guide will advise you on how to get back to your accommodation.

    We had a great spin on the town, experienced Some of Rios nightlife and met friendly people!

  • From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary & Poço Negro Waterfall Tour

    7. From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary & Poço Negro Waterfall Tour

    After boarding the jeep in Rio de Janeiro, drive for 2 hours to reach Vale do Amor, located in the Petrópolis mountains. This sanctuary is a peaceful, scenic spot where you can enjoy looking out for different bird species.  Enjoy a guided tour, with explanations about the history of the construction of the sanctuary. Learn how the gardens were designed and built based on themes around Mother Nature and the divine. Then, enjoy some free time to meditate, practice Yoga, or simply relax in the peaceful surroundings. Then, head to to the Poço Negro Waterfall, which has a deep pool where you can dive and enjoy swimming surrounded by nature. Finally, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before returning to Rio.

  • Rio: Cariocando Tour with Visit to Christ the Redeemer

    8. Rio: Cariocando Tour with Visit to Christ the Redeemer

    Spend the day touring Rio’s neighborhoods, the home of bossa nova. Be guided round some of the most well-known sights, including Christ the Redeemer, with your south-side hotel pickup and drop-off included. Start your day with a hotel pickup for south-side accommodation. After meeting your guide and group, head to the first stop. First up is a visit to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, entry tickets included. Be amazed by breathtaking panoramic views of the city from the top of Corcovado Hill during your journey to the statue. Next up is a visit to the outside of the famous Maracaña Stadium, home to many a World Cup match. Learn a little more about this important world-famous symbol while taking in its façade. Discover the samba catwalk by visiting the Sambódromo, where the biggest popular party on the planet takes place. Then, the next stop is the Metropol...

  • Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

    9. Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

    Begin your tour by being picked up from your hotel and discover the many hidden gems in Rio’s Downtown area with a tour guide. Start at the Valongo Wharf (the latest Unesco World Heritage site in the city) and learn more about the African influence in Brazil. Then head to the Kobra Mural — one of the largest graffiti walls in the world — created by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, to admire the five ethnic groups portrayed in a colorful geometric background. After a few pictures, you will walk along the Olympic Boulevard towards the Museum of Tomorrow. This is a modern and technological science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for constructing the future of the planet and mankind. Discover its remarkable architecture, and pay a visit to the most visited museum in Brazil. After exploring the future, travel to the past in the Monastery of Saint Bened...

    Interesting and amazing tour of Rio’s historical and cultural perspective. Our guide Juan deserves a 6 star rating, he is fluent in six languages. Exceeding expectations. He knows what he is talking about, and was able to entertain questions.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

    10. Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

    Join the best pub crawl in Rio de Janeiro and discover the real nightlife of this marvelous city: Samba, street parties, and caipirinhas. Shake up your Rio visit with a four-hour pub crawl in the Lapa neighborhood, enjoying fun and easygoing night full of music, drinks, and new friends from all over the world. Play drinking games and taste test cachaça, the main ingredient of caipirinha. Visit three bars mostly frequented by locals, and it’s very likely you'll learn some samba steps, as well as the night, goes by. This is topped off with several drink discounts and a VIP entrance to all of the bars.

    Didnt quite know what to expect but really enjoyed myself . Cross section of age ranges and met some nice people . Lapa was buzzing . We went to pubs that you wouldnt have attempted to go in on your own . Guide was excellent . He really looked after the group . Would recommend this night out .

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 866 reviews

A perfect day in Rio !! With Patricia and "the driver", unfortunately I forgot the name, we had one of the most beautiful days. We came to Rio with the desire to see as much as possible. Our wish was fulfilled and even exceeded. We were very skeptical about Rio but "Pat" opened our eyes and took away all fear and prejudice. We had great tours! We got great background information about the history of the individual points in Rio. The whole day was perfect. The crowning glory was the spontaneous helicopter flight started by "Sugar Love" I can only recommend Pat !!! We emphasized several times today WE WILL COME AGAIN and do another tour with Pat !!! We have never had such a great, perfectly organized tour guide! We will be back !!! Thanks Pat

Great guide and a great tour. They tend to cancel at really short notice if there are not enough people. Which I can understand but please plan more time. I recommend to just pay for the group to fill up.

Edmundo was the best tour guide I have had. He was so experienced and polite. If you come to Rio de Janeiro, you must book this tour just because Edmundo will make it worth your while.

Great Guide which speaks perfectly english and knows a lot. I felt secure at all the times. Support the local stores inside. Thank you!

Jose Is an outstanding person He has heart and soul in his Job Very well spoken languages and explained everything Thank u