Experience Rio: Barra da Tijuca and the Gigóia Islands Food and Drinks Walking Tour!

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Eduardo
Registered on January 09, 2023

I am a Ph.D. title candidate in Anthropology who has been to around 75 countries. I am passionate about meeting people from different countries and backgrounds. I am also an experienced tour guide who has done over 900 tours in Portugal and about 300 in Thailand (the country which was the subject of my doctoral thesis). While I am skilled in History, I also have a strong bohemian part of my personality, thus I enjoy showing my clients the best bars and restaurant to attend in the city. In my tours, I prize that the clients will get both a general knowledge of the History of Lisbon and local tips on how to enjoy their time in the city.

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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

Tour description

Welcome to the beautiful neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, one of Rio de Janeiro's best zones for beaches, bars, and restaurants. In this tour we will explore some of the most iconic parts of Barra, such as Jardim Oceânico (or Oceanic Garden, and you will soon realize why it is called like this) and the Gigóia Islands, a hidden treasure, considered as Rio de  Janeiro's very own Pantanal, where you might get the chance to spot capybaras and crocodiles. All this while exploring the bars for food and drinks around the area!

As we walk around the beach front, we will cross into Olegário Maciel Avenue, a bohemian, gastronomic hub in Barra. There, customers will be able to choose from a plethora of dishes according to their tastes, such as feijoada, picanha (rump steak), carne de sol com aipim na mainteiga (sun-dried meat with yucca soaked in butter); or, for the more adventurous, chicken hearts skewers, alongside popular snacks such as pão de queijo and coxinha de galinha, besides much more depending on one´s hunger.
From Olegário Maciel, we continue our march to the ferries and visit the Gigóia Islands, a picturesque part of Rio de Janeiro, often known as the Pantanal (swamps) of the south. The islands also feature many bars and restaurants, where the customers can finish the tour with a refreshing caipirinha or two.

Important notice: there is a small fee for crossing the island (3 reais each way). Food and drinks costs are also extra! 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Quiosque da Celia - Av. Lúcio Costa, ...
    Quiosque da Celia - Av. Lúcio Costa, s/ n° - quiosque 14 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22620-171, Brazil
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    I will be waiting with an umbrella. Or you can simply ask Célia (the owner of the kiosk) where am I. : D

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    Quiosque da Celia
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    Outside visit
    Barraca do Pepê - Avenida do Pepê - Barra da Tijuca
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    Outside visit
    Olegário Maciel Avenue - Barra da Tijuca
  • 4
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    Barra Point - Avenida Armando Lombardi - Barra da Tijuca
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    Outside visit
    Ilha da Gigóia - Barra da Tijuca

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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Vivian 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Our tour with Eduardo was awesome!! All the dishes we tried were delicious, he brought us to some really good places and gave us great tips about what to do and not to do in Rio. 100% recommend! Thanks Eduardo!!
Andre 10 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Great tour! Was really surprised by the quality of the food and the knowledge the tour was able to bring into our tour
Daniela 10 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Eduardo showed us great places, it was a lovely tour! I will recommend to all my friends.
Valeria 06 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
This tour was amazing. Eduardo is such an incredible guide, a truly local. He's so smart and funny, we all enjoyed the experience. He showed us a variety of dishes we would never know without his suggestions. Totally recommend if you want to know the authentic food tradition of the neighborhood.
Mary 03 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
What an excellent tour! The cultural information provided by Eduardo was interesting and his passion for the food and Brazil was infectious. I highly recommend this tour.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires 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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