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Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

1. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

Take an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the favelas on this guided tour. Your guide is a local from Santa Marta, who will be able to share you with you an authentic perspective of the beautiful favela they call home. Using the Santa Marta cable car, your guide will take you to the top of the favela. From here you will get to witness one of the best panoramic views of the city. Spot Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. Then explore the streets and alleys held dear by both residents and the many famous visitors to Favela Santa Marta alike, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson. Stroll through the favela, seeing the best sights and stopping at many of the local artisan shops along the way.

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

2. Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

3. Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

Discover Lapa's nightlife on a pub crawl through this vibrant, bohemian neighborhood. Lapa is known for being one of the most carioca parts of Rio de Janeiro and is full of traditional bars, samba circles, nightclubs with live music, and dance halls. We visited many places during the night.. Meet your guides and discover Lapa at night. Experience samba, funk, DJs, and renowned names in Brazilian music. One of the most incredible features of Lapa is that people from all walks of life meet there and are welcomed with open arms. Discover some of Rio's hottest clubs and enjoy shots as you check out the local scene with your international group of fellow pub crawlers. Learn where to buy cheap caipirinhas and how to walk the busy streets of Lapa. Your guides will accompany you for 4 hours, but after that, you are free to stay and enjoy the rest of the night.

Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã Stadium Football Ticket & Guide

4. Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã Stadium Football Ticket & Guide

Experience the intensity, joy, despair, and excitement of a soccer match at Maracana Stadium in Rio with a local by your side. Join thousands of Rio residents and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of match day with a local football fanatic helping you feel comfortable in the experience. Attending a football match in South America can be intimidating for first-timers. Make the experience more enjoyable with the services of a local football fan to guide you through match day. Laugh, cry, cheer, and scream with the passionate locals, and learn a little more about the iconic stadium. Your Maracana matchday experience, includes a match ticket, drink, and your own soccer-mad local accompanying you throughout. Enjoy an exhilarating experience as you just focus on the game and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Maracana Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the world and has hosted the Olympics, Paralympics, FIFA World Cups, and many international music concerts. It is currently the home ground for Rio football clubs Flamengo and Fluminense FC.

Rio: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

5. Rio: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

Experience authentic living in Rio de Janeiro, on a guided tour of Rocinha. Appreciate local culture and a completely unique way of life in a city plagued by hardship and neglect. See how citizens use art, music, and community to create a positive atmosphere in this special Brazilian neighborhood. Follow your local guide to feel a sense of belonging in this tightly knit area. Learn about generational stories from residents, how they care for their home and their people. Discover street art decorating the buildings that cover the hillside, and grab a snack from one of many local vendors. Admire gorgeous views of the cityscape as you climb the high streets, and see as far as Christ the Redeemer. Notice the respect and kindness that locals have for each other and for tourists so they can protect and develop their beloved community.

Tijuca Forest´s hike: caves, waterfalls and great views

6. Tijuca Forest´s hike: caves, waterfalls and great views

Join me on a immersion to the Tijuca Forest National Park, the world´s largest urban forest. Explore with a local all the beauty of the forest, visiting ruins, lakes, hidden waterfalls, caves and historial attractions. We'll meet at Praça Afonso Viseu, in Alto da Boa Vista, where the entrance to the Tijuca Forest is located. Right at the beginning of our walk, we come across the beautiful Cascatinha Taunay, which is 35 meters high, and the most famous waterfall in the Forest. We will walk uphill along incredible trails, discovering historical sites and exploring the impressive vegetation of the rainforest that creates the park's stunning landscape. We will walk along the historical circuit and the circuit of the caves, visiting Cachoeira das Almas, "A Floresta" Restaurant. We stop at the waterfalls where we can also bath, relax and have some snacks. During the journey, we will see many rock formations, streams with crystalline waters and a great diversity of species of flora and fauna of the Park. Obs.: The trails are easy, but require a minimum of physical preparation since the circuit is long. There are no major difficulties, but it is worth noting that the terrain is varied and irregular, with stones, roots, trunks and the possibility of wet and slippery soil, as usual in the vast majority of trails. All caves visited are safe and pose no danger to participants. All waterfalls have clean water.

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

7. Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail

The only backstage tour of the Carioca Carnival, the most famous carnival in the world! When in Rio, you need to experience Samba! This tour introduces you to the artistry and imagination of Carnival and allows you to discover the backstage of The greatest show on Earth! Have an unique and authentic experience exploring the backstage, the secrets, the people working and the preparations for the parade, which is also a competition. During the tour, you will be able to witness the process of construction and production of floats and more than 3000 costumes for the show. This visit includes a guided tour to the factory of the 2022th Carnival champion Samba School, Grande Rio. Including an exhibition about the history of Samba and Carnival, the tour provides a chance to dress up in authentic parade costumes, experience the samba dance and enjoy a delicious Caipirinha welcome drink! Come visit us!

Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Walking Tour

8. Rio de Janeiro: Downtown Walking Tour

Depart from the meeting point we go to Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The historic center of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by centuries-old roads and buildings that show important periods in Brazilian history, from the time of the monarchy up to Brazil becoming a republic. Delve into 500 years of Brazilian history with a visit to the XV de Novembro Square. Admire the architecture of ALERJ building, Paço Imperial, and do Carmo Convent. Walk past the dos Teles Arch and see its winding alleyways. Follow your tour guide to Candelária Church and learn about its importance to the city. Then, discover hidden treasures in the architecture of the Brazil Bank Cultural Center, or as locals call "CCBB". Admire the contrast between old and modern by walking down the street to Cinelandia Square. Explore political and cultural buildings in the area, such as Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, National Library of Brazil, National Museum of Fine Arts, and City Council of Rio de Janeiro. Revel at the architecture of Colombo's Bakery, one of the main landmarks of the city's, and have a snack. Finish your tour at a subway station in Downtown Rio, and choose to return to your hotel or continue exploring the region on your own.

Flamengo x São Paulo final game at Maracanã with barbicue!

9. Flamengo x São Paulo final game at Maracanã with barbicue!

Explore a live soccer match of Flamengo, The biggest team of Rio de Janeiro at the Maracanã stadium, the nicest stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Explore the feelings before and during the game, its insane. Starting the tour rigth at the meeting point, you can have the chance to know about the full game history between the teams and the atmosphere before the game starts. You will be guided by a local guide full of experience with soccer, the guide provides the whole instructons that you need to get to the stadium safety and sure happy. Getting to the stadium you will have some time for photos, drink something and inside yiu will see the biggest party of your life in a stadium, its really insane.

Maracanã football game as a local

10. Maracanã football game as a local

The Maracanã stadium was built in 1950 in order to host the soccer World Cup for the first time that same year after receiving much support for the construction from the journalist Mário Filho- considered the greatest sports journalist in Brazil and nicknamed "the crowd creator" by many. Stage of historic moments such as the 'Maracanazo', Pelé's thousandth goal and the remarkable victory of the German national team against the Argentine national team in the 2014 World Cup final. Maracanã is definitely a master stadium is the history of football. Join me and explore this unforgettable matchday experience!

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based on 866 reviews

José was excellent guide! He shown us the favela, we felt secure and it was a massive experience for us! Rio looks wonderful from Santa Marta. It is absolutely worth seeing. And very important issue: remember about the dignity of these poor people. It is not a show, it is not the zoo, this is the real life. Respect these people, listen to the guide, respect the rules and you will have a wonderful experience. 100% satisfied

Thiago, Pedro, and Julianna were brilliant guides; informative, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The experience was amazing, such friendly people and an interesting sense of community, a completely different outlook than the perception we have from movies etc. Would definitely recommend, a Rio highlight!

Felipe was a very knowledgeable guide, who explained in detail the sociopolitical origins of Favelas. This tour was probably the most meaningful and insightful part of my visit to Rio, as the propagandists obscure the brutal inequality/racism endemic in modern day Brazil.

Nice personal tour with a young, knowledgeable Lady with plenty of experience of living in a favela herself. Hiking at the back seat of a motorbike a very steep and curvy road uphill is an adventure by itself.

Great tour, very friendly and knowledgeable guide!