Free Walking Tours Rio de Janeiro

On the Free Tours of Rio de Janeiro you will immerse yourself in the Carioca lifestyle. You will learn about its fascinating history and how it has gone from being a colonial capital for the Portuguese to a leading city in the region, being the first city in South America to host the Olympic Games.

You will be touched by the friendliness and alegría of its people, and amazed by its raw beauty and eclectic architecture. You will discover Lapa, the bohemian quarter of Rio, and you will dance to live samba music as you sip on a deliciously fresh caipirinha! Join Rio de Janeiro Tours and unravel all the secrets of this young yet legendary city.

Discover one of the most fun, diverse, culturally active, and colorful cities in South America!

What are your Free Tour options in Rio de Janeiro?

Which are the Best Free Tours in Rio de Janeiro?

Welcome to a bustling metropolis where everything seems to have been designed in a grand way.

Rio de Janeiro’s skyline is famous for its iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as the neighboring Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world. It’s a massive Art Deco statue designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski that embraces this great city from the top of Mount Corcovado.

Other landmarks of Rio de Janeiro that you cannot miss are the famous Maracana Stadium, one of the largest in the world, as well as the unique Sambadrome. It is the huge outdoor venue where the famous Rio de Janeiro carnival parade is held, and where thousands of people congregate to dance samba!

Joining a local guide on a Free Historical Center Tour of Rio de Janeiro is the safest way to walk around the city and visit emblematic places such as the Arco do Teles, the Imperial Palace or the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga , and its spectacular Royal Chapel.

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

On a Free Tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best views of Guanabara Bay, as well as visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião and understand how its pyramidal structure is reminiscent of the temples of pre-Columbian America.

If you are interested in delving even deeper into the history of Rio, the first capital of independent Brazil, book a Free Tour of Lapa and Glória neighborhoods. You will get the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture, go up the Selaron Steps and cross under the Lapa Arches, a 18th-century aqueduct.

Also, if you are an art and architecture lover, we recommend booking a Free Tour of Santa Teresa. Strolling around this charming neighborhood you will find beautiful mansions, cross the atmospheric Parque das Ruinas, walk alongside picturesque yellow trams and learn about street art, murals and graffiti.

Have a safe and fun welcome to this former Portuguese colonial capital by joining several free walking tours. It will be an unforgettable experience!

What is a Free Tour?

Free Tours are walks provided by passionate local guides without requesting any upfront payments. They allow every traveler, no matter their budget, to experience and enjoy what a place has to offer. 

Who takes Free Tours?

Free Tours guests are travelers of all ages and backgrounds seeking to enjoy authentic experiences. Independent tourists usually book Free Tours because they are looking for special activities, where they can learn historical facts, but also get an overview about the local culture, environment, and people.

Are Free Tours really Free?

Yes. Free Tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis, so they are completely free unless you decide to make a contribution according to how much you enjoyed the experience. Guides appreciate receiving tips of any amounts at the end of the tour, but it’s completely voluntary to do so.

Do I have to book my Free Tour?

Yes. It’s mandatory to make a booking to ensure group sizes remain manageable and Guides can provide a better experience for all guests. Making a booking is absolutely free and it will take you less than one minute!