Rio From Above Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Guru: Guilherme
Registered on November 26, 2022

Hello travelers of the world! I am Guilherme, I am a guide borned and raised at the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. Since I was a kid I've been exploring all this city's corners, today I am into all of its hidden gems and eaggered to share all of that with you! If you want to meet Rio as a local, join me in this adventurous experience!

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

Tour description

Hello explorers! Welcome to Rio!

My name is Guilherme (the Portuguese version of William for those who struggle to say that haha) and I am born and raised at the heart of the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro.

On this tour, you will experience a mix of history, nature, and Instagramable sights, of course!
All of that will be done like a local, passing through some secret sights tourists never go...

We will meet at the bottom of one of the most famous mountains of the city, the Sugar Loaf. This place, despite of its breathtaking beauty, also holds a lot of landmarks of the early days of Rio, going back to the Colonial Era.

Seazing the low-cost mindset of taking a free tour, we will climb the Morro da Urca hill through a hiking trail that lasts from 30 to 45 minutes inside our beautiful Mata Atlântica biome, which holds one of the most diverse fauna and flora of the world and tells us a lot of the city as well. This hike will save you lots of dollars on the "bondinho" (our famous cable car), which you can choose to take afterward towards the Sugar Loaf or to go downhill.

The top of the Morro da Urca hill will have all the structure you need with restaurants, shops, and both free bathrooms and water refill.

From up there we are going to enjoy a lot of different sights:

  • Aterro do Flamengo
  • Centro (City Center)
  • Aeroporto Santos Dumont
  • Ponte Rio-Niterói and Niterói city
  • Praia Vermelha
  • Praia de Botafogo
  • Suger Loaf (Pão de Açúcar)
  • Cristo Redentor (1 of the 7 wonders of the modern world)


1. What are the costs of the tour?
A. Besides the usual contribution at the end of the tour, you will pay for the services you chose to use at the top of the Morro da Urca hill, all of those are optional, you can go down the same way you came up through the hiking trail.

2. How long does the tour take?
A. The complete tour takes approximately 2,5 to 3 hours.

3. Where will we meet?
A. We will meet at the Itaú Bike Station at Praia Vermelha (Praça Gen. Tibúrcio, 145). You can find me with a fully white t-shirt and a navy blue cap.

4. How difficult is the hiking trail?
A. The trail is considered easy, elder people and kids do it everyday. The path is composed by stairs in its beginning and than by an almost flat sendero.
We will make a stop to rest and hidrate at a sightseen place.
5. What to bring?
A. You can come light, bring water, sunscreen, repellent and sunglasses (for the photos also :). Come with your best sneakers to be able to hike comfortably.
After the tour you can enjoy the Praia Vermelha beach, so bath suits can suit you as well!
6. Is it really worthy?
A. With this tour you are going to aknowldge a lot of the city's History at the place it was born, you are going to meet with its nature and culture while saving money and exercising a bit, isn't it perfect?


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  • Meeting point:
    Praça Gen. Tibúrcio, 145 - Urca, Rio ...
    Praça Gen. Tibúrcio, 145 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-270, Brazil
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    I will be next to the orange Itaú Bike Station with a fully white shirt and a navy blue cap.

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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Wienik 05 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Tour is on a public path, however with Guillermo it so much more interesting. He goes in depth on the history of the area and the surrounding flora and fauna . Really enjoyed it. Thx!
ADRIAN 04 Mar 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Súper recomendable, se logran vistas inesperadas de la ciudad después de hacer un recorrido en medio de la naturaleza, Guilherme disfruta mucho lo que hace, siempre estuvo al pendiente del grupo y compartió información clave que te ayuda a entender el contexto e historia de la ciudad. Tomé el recorrido en inglés porque era el único disponible, después descubrí que además de portugués e inglés, Gui habla muy buen español. Al final del recorrido Gui nos dio opciones para regresar a praia vermelha y tips para disfrutar las zonas donde nos estábamos quedando. Fue un gran grupo para conocer nuevos amigos y experiencias. No se lo pierdan!
Theresa 28 Feb 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
This tour was so much fun and really informative! Guilherme is a really great guide, and I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to go for a little hike up the Morro da Urca.
Elizabeth 22 Feb 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Guilherme was a great guide! Fun & informative! This is a great tour for those who want to walk up the trail on Sugarloaf!
Verona 21 Feb 2023
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Travelled in group - Feb 2023
Guillermo un Guru de lujo super atento dispuesto y la información impecable. Super recomendable, una maravilla
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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