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Rio Free Walking Tour Downtown and Lapa

Rio Free Walking Tour Downtown and Lapa


Travel back in time in our Rio Free Walking Tour of Downtown and Lapa and relive the past while walking through the charming colonial streets of Rio and learning about the four centuries of the history of the city. Join to our Free Walking Tour Rio de Janeiro to understand more about the Brazilian culture and society since the colonization until today.


Booking is required
Heads-up! The Downtown and Lapa tour is canceled on public holidays.
TOUR DURATION: About 3 hours
MEETING POINT: Historical Clock at Largo da Carioca (close to Exit C of Carioca Metro Station)

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Why joining into Downtown & Lapa Tour?

Price: This is a Rio Free Walking Tour, so there is no fix price! Everybody pays as much as you think the tour was worth it. There is no minimum nor maximum!

Quality: As there is no set price for the tour, our Walkers will always show you their best knowledge of the city, and make sure every single tour is an unforgettable experience. It’s not for nothing that in 2018 we were granted the Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.

Experience: Our Walkers are fun and dynamic storytellers, absolutely passionate about  Rio de Janeiro. During the Rio Free walking tour they will share you amazing tips of what to do and see during your stay in the Marvelous City. We run the tours with an easy-going and interactive atmosphere, and everybody is welcome to join! Since five years (2013), travelers from all over to world have approved our tours and spent a good time exploring the city!


Attraction at the tour

We are going to visit several attractions in the historical parts of the city. Read here about some of the places we’ll visit on Rio Free Walking Tour.

Colombo Bakery: Most famous bakery of Brazil, that was inaugurated during the first years of the Brazilian Republic, in 1894. Beautiful Parisian style architecture and delicious traditional Brazilian and Portuguese snacks. Travessa do Comércio: Old commercial part of the city. Cobblestones and beautiful colorful colonial houses. Today this area is full of cozy bars and restaurants to enjoy happy-hour after the tour!

XV Square: One of the most important squares of Rio de Janeiro. In this square we’ll find the old port of the city, the Imperial Palace and two important churches.

Paço Imperial (Imperial Palace): The house of the Royal Portuguese Family when they moved to Rio de Janeiro 1808! Inside of the palace we’ll see some old pictures of the area and the emperors of Brazil.

Cinelandia: One of the main attractions of our Rio de Janeiro Free Walking tour of Downtown and Lapa. The name of Cinelandia comes from cinema! It used to be an upscale area of the city, full of cinemas and theaters. Cinelandia also has a nickname of “Paris Carioca” or “Brazilian Broadway”.

Municipal Theater: Located in Cinelandia Square, one of the most fascinating buildings of downtown Rio is without questions the Municipal Theater. This eclectic building full of golden details is almost a miniature of the Opera of Paris!

National Library: No more or no less than the biggest library of Latin America. This library is based on 60,000 books that John VI brought with him from Portugal 1808. The library has just finished a huge renovation work so it’s very stunning to see from outside.

Lapa: The most bohemian neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Here we’ll see the Carioca Aqueduct that was used to transport water from Carioca River until to Carioca Square and other parts of Downtown. Today Carioca Aqueduct is a famous landmark. We’ll also catch a sight of a building that looks like a Mayan Pyramid. Not to disappoint you, but actually it’s not a pyramid, but the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro.

Selarón Stairs: The final stop of the Rio de Janeiro Free Walking tour of Downtown and Lapa, the most famous steps of the world, Selarón Stairs! More than 200 steps full of ceramic tiles from 60 countries of the world. Accept the challenge to look to tiles from your home country?


What other travelers thought about our Free Walking Tour Rio de Janeiro?

Great tour! Beautiful Rio and fascinating history through the eyes of a local We did the walking tour of Rio city center (Carioca to Lapa) with Lucas on Carnival Monday. What a great guide! He knows everything there is to know, speaks excellent English and is brilliant company. We learned so much about the history of Rio and Brazil, Lucas really had a way of bringing history to life through fascinating anecdotes and fun facts. We ended with a delicious lunch in Lapa, just a few meters away from the Selaron steps. Definitely recommended!

Fantastic way to get to know Rio! This tour was a great way to familiarize ourselves with all of the areas and activities in central Rio, which we didn’t know much about since we were staying closer to the beach in Ipanema. Clara was a fantastic guide who told fun and informative stories and navigated us through some interesting parts of town, making the 3 hours go by lightning fast! She even stuck around with us afterward while we grabbed lunch to help us order and make sure we got the food we wanted.

Great tour and very knowledgeable guide Our guide, Jonna, was fantastic. She gave us a lot of background regarding the sights and sounds of Downtown Rio. We saw all the sights (Selaron Steps, Confeitaria Colombo, Cathedral, Lapa District, Opera House). Good opportunity to discover Rio and orientate yourself

Excellent tour to give hands on insights We did the tour on our first day in Rio and were impressed. Natalia was a superb tour guide with a very good English and we benefited a lot. We revisited a couple places later on our own which we wouldn’t else. Highly recommended.

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icone datas e horariosDATE AND TIMES

Booking is required

Heads-up! The Downtown and Lapa tour is canceled on public holidays.

icone duracaoTOUR DURATION

About 3 hours

icone ponto de encontroMEETING POINT

Clock Tower at Largo da Carioca (close to Exit C of Carioca Metro Station).

ponto de encontro

icone avisoHeads-up!

The Downtown and Lapa tour does not take place on holidays.


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