Free Historical Centre Tour of Rio de Janeiro
When: Every day
Where: Municipal Theater
Language: English & Spanish
Time: 10:30 + Mon-Fri: 15:00
Duration: 3 hours
Come with us and discover the real Rio de Janeiro, the Rio beyond the paradisiac beaches, the exuberant nature, carnival and the Corcobado. On our Historical City Free Tour of Rio you will see the past 5 centuries of rich Brazilian history unfold, from the arrival of the Portuguese in 1502 to present day. Hear how a green virgin marsh land, with hills and sugar cane fields became the most important and charismatic city in Brazil, the most cosmopolitan city in South America, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Let us unravel for you all the elements that make contemporary Rio so vibrant and exciting. Marvel at how one square can go from being the main port where African slaves arrived to the New World in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, to the imperial residence of the Portuguese Royal family during the Napoleonic wars in the early 19th century, to the place where the Republic was proclaimed and an independent free Brazil was born in 1889.
Re-live the past as you wonder at charming colonial Belle Epoque buildings and stand in awe of the magnificent temples build in the name of Catholicism, a key ingredient to understand the roots of not just Rio but all Brazilian culture.
On our Historical City Free Tour of Rio you will get an understanding of all the components that have help create this colourful, festive, musical, cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis of six million people. The first ever South American city to host the Olympic Games.
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I cannot believe that this tour was FREE! I made the big mistake of booking of a very expensive tour which turned out to be not even close to this. Our tour guide was Romulo, a super nice guy with lots of stories to tell. Super enthusiastic, passionate about Brazil and his job and so much knowledge about the sites we visited. I don't think it could have been any better. So forget about the super expensive options out there on offer and go for this tour instead!
- Enrico M - London, United Kingdom
Rafaela gave a very interesting walking tour around the historical centre of Rio. The tour started on time. The meeting place was easy to find. Her English was very good.It was an enjoyable morning.
- Riesetante - London
In front of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro (150 meters away from Metro Station Cinelândia) (See Map).
The Free Historical Centre Tour of Rio runs every day at 10.30 from the front of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. No tours on the 24th, 25th of December and 1st of January.
The Free Historical Centre Tour of Rio ends in Lapa, by the Selina Hotel rooftop.
The Free Historical Centre Tour of Rio lasts for around 3 hours.
Our guide will be standing in front of the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro (150 meters away from Metro Station Cinelândia), using a green t-shirt. If you have any problems finding the location please contact us on our Global WhatsApp support: +52 1 221 205 3215.
Due to the high demand of our tours you can only join the tour if you have made a reservation. So please make a reservation: it is absolutely free, it takes less than one minute, and it helps us make sure that we have enough guides there to cover the demand. Help us make your Strawberry Tour experience unforgettable! Please note that we can't take groups of 8 people or more on our regular tours, instead, please get in touch with us here to enquire about a private tour.
All our tours are free. That means that at the end of the tour, you can choose to reward the guide if you wish so, according to your enjoyment and your possibilities. A part of that goes towards covering our marketing and operational costs. This system ensures great quality in the tours, extremely high client satisfaction, and last but not least, that absolutely everyone can come on our tours, regardless of their budget.
We are then able to set the start time to whatever suits you and make the experience more personal. This is also a great option for groups of 8 people or more that are unable to join our free tours together
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