Free tour

Free walking tour through the historic center of Rio de Janeiro

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Guru: Luiza
Registered on February 21, 2023

I am a professional tour guide licensed for over thirty years, an activity that self employs full time. “Carioca da Gema”, that is, born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, raised in Copacabana and in love with the city I dedicated my life to studies, research and know every piece of the city. Verbal fluency in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Degree by the Ministry of Tourism in Brazil as a regional tourism guide, specializing in attractive Natural-RJ, specializing in cultural attractions-RJ, international excursion. Graduated in History of Arte Century, 18th, XIX and History of the City of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. Additional services: planning, structuring and logistics of all your trip.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

We start at Cinelândia Square , the dream of "Time Square" with the beautiful City Theater , the National Library and the School of Fine Arts .

Along the road opened at the beginning of the 19th century we reach the Church of Santa Luzia (17th century), a symbol of resistance to great changes. The wide Esplanade of the Ministries (the former capital). The slope of Misericordio is the remains of the slope that gave access to the hill on which the city began to develop.

A panoramic view of Ilha Fiscal , a 19th-century customs post used to control goods entering and leaving the port of Rio, then the Empire's capital. Conceived as a small "castle" in Gothic-Provencal style, inspired by the imaginations of the French architect Viollet-le-Duc, with a project by Adolpho José Del Vecchio - highlighting the medieval towers and battlements to decorate the silhouette of the building.

Continue to Praça VX de Novembro, where the Queen of Portugal, Maria I of Portugal, and her family disembarked. The Palace and Church where her son Dom João was consecrated King of Portugal and his successors Pedro I and Pedro II were consecrated Emperors of Brazil. The Palace and Convent of the Carmelites, where a walkway facilitated the Queen's movement between the Palace, Convent and Church.

The narrow streets of the 17th century lead us to the Casa França - the former Brazilian customs house. cultural centers and the largest church in the country. Returning to the pedestrian boulevard, we continue from the Monument to the Olympic Flame , the Naval War Zone , to Praça Mauá , where the beautiful Museum of Tomorrow blends harmoniously with Guanabara Bay , its islands and the Rio Niteroí Bridge .

Still on the boulevard we will appreciate different street art . Ends at the famous Eduardo Kobra Etnias mural , 180 meters wide and 17 meters high, the largest mural/graffiti in the world!
The scale of the work guaranteed the title of the world's largest graffiti executed as a team by Guinness World Records, the Book of Records.

Where we end our tour.
Return along Avenida Rio Branco to the nearest metro station.

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  • Meeting point:
    Cinelândia - Centro, Rio de Janeiro -...
    Cinelândia - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

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).

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Sergio 23 Apr 2023

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Travelled alone - Apr 2023
very good
Eduardo 02 Apr 2023

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Travelled in group - Apr 2023
No se presento el guia y no aviso Muy mal, tarde perdida
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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
There is no minimum number of people 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
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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