Little Africa: African Resistance and Culture in Brazil

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on November 01, 2021

I am a Brazilian who lived in Ireland for a year, where I had the opportunity to merge with the local life. I also had the opportunity to travel and see many countries and cultures. On my travels, every time I came to a new city; The first thing I looked for was a “free tour”. I have been to more than 20 different countries in Europe, Africa and America. When I got back to Brazil, I searched for a free tour of Rio, but we couldn't find it! This is how our travel agency was born, in July 2013! We promise to make our tours of exceptional quality, in a fun, interactive and informal way. In this way, we are changing the way tours are organized in the city and increasing the expectations of tourist tours.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

When visiting Brazil, it’s impossible not to talk about the influence of Africa on our culture! Just imagine samba, capoeira, or feijoada, the things that Brazil is known for in the world. All these things have their roots in the African slave communities of Brazil! Learn stories about how the Brazilian cultural identity was formed during the years since slavery times until today. Meanwhile, visit important historical & contemporaneous landmarks in this less-visited area of downtown Rio de Janeiro!
Small Africa is the historic home of the Afro-Brazilian community in the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro. The region became known as Little Africa after the slave trade was made illegal in Brazil in 1831 (although the abolition of slavery did not take place until 50 years later). Between 1850 and 1920, freed slaves remained working in the region. Blacks and freed Africans from Bahia or the interior traveled to Little Africa in search of work and a sense of community. Today the area is known as a place of the black resistance.
Places we will cover:

  • XV Square
  • Candelária Church 
  • Olympic Boulevard
  • Praça Mauá
  • MAR - Rio Art Museum
  • Museu do Amanhã
  • Largo São Francisco da Prainha
  • São Francisco da Prainha Church
  • Conceição Hill
  • Salt Stone (Pedra do Sal)
  • Cais do Valongo (Valongo Wharf)
  • Eduardo Kobra Ethnicities Graffiti (ending point)

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  • Meeting point:
    Largo da Carioca - Centro, Rio de Jan...
    Largo da Carioca - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
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    Our meeting point is the historical clock at Carioca Square (close to Exit C of Carioca Metro Station) Our staff will be waiting for you in a red t-shirt.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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florencia 16 Jun 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Nos encantó la propuesta… una temática muy necesaria! Gran guiada de Mar!
Sunita 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Nina was an outstanding guide on this African history tour. For 3 hours, she took us to several places tracing the history of black people in Rio and Brazil. Her explanations were very clear and I learnt a lot of things about past history and slavery and the current situation of black people and integration within the city. It was a fascinating tour and one of the highlights of my stay in Rio. I am going to do another 2 tours with this company in the next 2 days and I would definitely book with Nina again.
Paula 12 Jun 2024
New York

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Aprendí muchísimo en el tour, y visité partes de la ciudad que probablemente no habría visto por mi cuenta. Súper interesante y muy recomendado!
Maria 23 May 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Una genia Micaela. Muy atenta, simpática y interesante en todo el recorrido. Muy agradecida
Errol 01 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
The tour was excellent and Clara was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the history of African people in Brazil. It was great being able to see physical locations and beautiful art. I highly recommend the tour!!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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