Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

4.3 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

From US$ 43.25 per person

Experience art, culture, and history on a half-day tour. Learn about Brazilian history by visiting Rio's old city center and bohemian Santa Teresa.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German
Pickup included
• Hotel pickup and drop-off from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and Centro • Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. • Tour guide will call you by your name in the hotel lobby.
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the history of Brazil trough its historic city center
  • Enjoy the art scene in Santa Teresa
  • Take in panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas
Full description
Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. Consisting of centuries-old buildings and roads, the historic center of Rio best illustrates the most important chapters of Brazil’s history.  See the contrast of new and old architecture at XV de Novembro Square. Continue to Cinelândia Square until you reach the famous Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos de Lapa) in Lapa. Admire the historic beauty as you continue to Santa Teresa by car. Enjoy the winding narrow streets and colorful buildings of bohemian Santa Teresa, famous for its bars, galleries, ateliers, and the 19th-century Santa Teresa tram. From the top of Santa Teresa Hill, enjoy some of Rio’s finest views and look across Guanabara Bay.  Take in the panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas, located in the ruins of an old mansion belonging to Laurinda Santos. The mansion has been partially restored and is now used as a cultural center hosting various exhibitions and events.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Multilingual Guide
  • Food
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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An excellent half day tour with Meilin who customised the tour to our interests and my walking ability. Lovely architecture in the historic centre, we saw the first library in Brazil which was stunning and had a coffee at the Cafe Colombo which is a local institution. Meilin is full of interesting facts and tells the history of Rio like a story. A must to do.

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November 14, 2022

Our guide, Dario, was top notch! Punctual, helpful, smiling... He showed us around the key points of Rio, embellished the visit with anecdotes, historical references... a real pleasure for us to have been able to discover the Centro and Santa Teresa with him If you want to discover Rio in complete simplicity, call on Dario; it is an exceptional guide

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May 24, 2022

Great tour, thanks to a great guide Manuela. They were on time on a pick up spot, everything went smooth, Manuela is smart, interesting and easy going. And she made this tour so good.

March 4, 2021

Product ID: 389501