Walking Historical Tour

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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As shown in detail, our tour is a time travel of the construction of the city of the Colonial, Imperial and Republican period. A tour with a lot of history, curiosities and discoveries. This script was drawn up in a historical chronology.

What's Included

Professional art historian guide

Professional guide

What's Not Included


Food and drinks


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 65
  • SENIOR: Age: 66 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Rio in Tours tours operated by qualified, experienced and verbal fluent guides. All Co work are registered with the Ministry of Tourism. (CADASTUR).
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final. No refund is available for cancellations.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Municipal Theater opened at the beginning of the 20th century during the first major reform of the city. Designed in the molds of the Opera de Paris, it has played an important role since the beginning of Rio de Janeiro and national culture, receiving on its stage important artists, orchestras and ballet companies.

• Admission Ticket Free

National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)
National Library, also called National Library of Brazil, whose official institutional name is Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, is the depository of Brazil's bibliographic and documentary heritage, considered by UNESCO one of the ten largest national libraries in the world and the largest in Latin America.

• Admission Ticket Free

Museu Nacional De Belas Artes
Its history is much older, and dates back to the arrival of the Portuguese royal family in 1808, Dom João VI arrives in Brazil with a set of works of art, some of which remained after his return to Europe and appear as the initial core of the collection. . The king founded the Royal School of Science, Arts and Crafts. In 1826, Emperor Pedro I changed the name to Academia Imperial de Belas Artes. Over the years, the Imperial Academy formed a significant art gallery and a glyptotheque, and with the advent of the Republic, the academy was renamed the Escola Nacional de Belas Artes.

• Admission Ticket Free

Centro Cultural Justica Federal
Projeto arquitetonico do espanhol Adolfo Morales de Los Rios y Garcia de Pimentel em estilo ecletico. Inaugurado em 1978, data comemorativa do sesquicentenário da Corte, é se torna o responsável pela guarda e conservação dos bens histórico-culturais, o resgate e a comunicação da História da Suprema Corte, suas antigas sedes e de seus Ministros. Um dos mais importantes documentos está preservado em um móvel que guarda um exemplar original da Constituição de 1988 do Brasil no Museu do STF. E ainda tem o documento mais antigo de um processo judiciário manuscrito denominado Causa de Libelo, de 1796, e que tramitou no chamado Tribunal de Relação. Trata-se de um pedido de reconhecimento, por parte da Justiça, da liberdade de uma escrava. Restaurado com o intuito de preservar sua integridade, o documento é considerado uma relíquia e está em boas condições de leitura.

• Admission Ticket Free

Praça Floriano occupies part of the land of the former Convento da Ajuda, built in the 18th century and demolished in the first decade of the 20th century. The idea of transforming the new square, surrounded by the buildings of the National Library, the City Hall (Palácio Pedro Ernesto), the former Federal Supreme Court, the Monroe Palace and the Municipal Theater into a Brazilian version of Times Square came from businessman Francisco Serrador, a Spanish based in Brazil and owner of casinos (currently prohibited in Brazil), cinemas, theaters and hotels. The name Cinelândia became popular in the 1930s. Dozens of theaters, nightclubs, bars and restaurants were installed in the region, making it a reference in terms of popular entertainment.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Praca Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi Square and Monroe Fountain
The statue is by the Indian sculptor Sankho Chanduri, the statue of the pacifist leader was inaugurated in 1949, the monument was a gift from the government of India to the former State of Guanabara, today a municipality of Rio de Janeiro, for the dissemination of the great leader, who preached non-violence a year after his death.
The monumental fountain was built by Louis Sauvageau in Vienna and cast in Val d'Oise, Paris. It appeared in an exhibition held in 1878 in Vienna, Austria, when it was acquired by D. Pedro II. It takes the place of the demolished Monroe Palace.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Santa Luzia
Rua Santa Luzia was opened by order Dom João VI who intended to travel with his carriage directly from the Convent of Ajuda to the Church to fulfill a promise and attend the Mass. For this reason, a tribune in the main chapel was intended for the Royal Family

• Admission Ticket Free

Igreja de Santa Luzia
The versions about the origin, the navigator Fernão de Magalhães, passing through Guanabara Bay in 1519, erected a hermitage on the site, then by the sea, dedicated to Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes. The interior was enlarged in 1752 and the three altars show the beautiful carvings by Master Antônio Pádua in Rococo style.
In 1817, Don João VI, heir to the throne of Portugal, Algavres and Brazil, ordered the opening of Rua Santa Luzia, which facilitated his visit.
With the dismantling of Morro do Castelo and the distance from the seaside, a natural source that was behind the church and believed to have miraculous powers disappeared, but the devotion continues today, through a spout installed in the sacristy. Inside, there are paintings depicting the Church at different times, from when it was still a simple hermitage, with only one tower.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pharmacy Museum of Santa Casa de Misericordia
The Rio de Janeiro unit was founded in the mid-16th century, at an uncertain date, at Praia de Santa Luzia. Its creation is usually attributed by several scholars to Father José de Anchieta, from the Society of Jesus, who arrived in Brazil in the squadron of the second governor-general, Duarte da Costa, in 1553. Its foundation dates back to 1582, when he arrived at the city of Rio de Janeiro, from the squadron of Admiral Diogo Flores de Valdés, in 1582 attacked by scurvy.
Santa Casa da Misericórdia is a brotherhood whose mission is to treat and support the sick and disabled, in addition to assisting the exposed, newborns abandoned in the institution. Its orientation dates back to the Lisbon Misericórdia Commitment, composed of 14 works of mercy.

• Admission Ticket Free

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Bonsucesso
The Church of Nossa Senhora do Bonsucesso is derived from the old Chapel of the Irmandade da Misericórdia, established in the city at the beginning of colonization. The church contains three altarpieces and the pulpit of the demolished Igreja de Santo Inácio do Colégio dos Jesuítas do Morro do Castelo, located in Morro do Castelo. These elements were transferred to the Church of Bonsucesso after the demolition of the hill, in 1922. The altarpieces are one of the greatest artistic treasures in Rio de Janeiro: dating from around 1620, they are the only ones in the city and the few in Brazil sculpted in a Mannerist style, prior to the Baroque, which are still preserved.
Mercy Hill. It was opened, certainly in 1567, when the city founded by Estácio de Sá was transferred to Morro do Castelo. At the top of it, Largo do Castelo was located with the building of the College of Jesuit Fathers, of the Society of Jesus.
No guarantees the church is open.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Orla Prefeito Luiz Paulo Conde
The Orla Prefeito Luiz Paulo Conde, popularly known as Orla Conde or Olympic Boulevard, is a boardwalk about 3.5 km long and 287 thousand m² in area, along the Guanabara Bay. The public walkway, between Largo da Misericórdia and Armazém 8 do Cais da Gamboa, runs through several cultural and historical points.

• Admission Ticket Free

Praca Quinze de Novembro
The square has existed since the 16th century, when the Jesuits built a hermitage facing Piaçaba beach. The square was named in honor of November 15, 1889, the day the Republic was proclaimed in Brazil. It was once called Largo do Terreiro da Polé; Largo do Carmo; Carmo Square; Terreiro do Paço; and Largo do Paço. And it has several points of historical and political importance, such as the Imperial Palace and the Tiradentes Palace, in addition to the Mestre Valentim Fountain; the Statue of Dom João VI; the Statue of General Osório, an important military combatant in the Paraguayan War; and the Statue of the Black Admiral, a tribute to João Cândido, who led the Revolt of the Lash in 1910. And the beautiful view of Ilha Fiscal.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Casa Franca-Brasil
This historic building, in neoclassical style, was designed by the French architect Grandjean de Montigny, by order of D.João VI, and inaugurated on May 13, 1820, aiming at the installation of the First Praça do Comércio in the City of Rio de Janeiro.
Conceived as Praça do Comércio, it later housed several functions, such as Customs, Archives of the Ítalo-Germanic Bank and the II Jury Court. In 1990, it was opened as a Cultural Center.

• Admission Ticket Free

Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
The hermitage built in 1609, by the Portuguese Antônio Martins Palma and Leonor Gonçalves who faced a storm on the high seas, while traveling in a ship called "Candelária". Promising our lady of Candelária, that if they survived, they would build the hermitage.
There were several renovations and additions from the 18th century until the parish church of Candelária began to be renovated in 1710. The inauguration, with the church still unfinished, took place in 1811, in the presence of the Prince Regent, D. João VI. The church had, at that time, only one nave. After the intervention of several architects, the dome was finally completed in 1877. The different parts of the dome, in Portuguese limestone, were made in Lisbon, as well as the eight statues that decorate it, sculpted by the Portuguese José Cesário de Salles. When finished, the dome was the tallest building in the city (62.24 meters high from the floor to the dome), visible from a distance.

• Admission Ticket Free

Museu do Amanha
The Museum of Tomorrow was built on Píer Mauá, in the middle of a large green area. There are about 30 thousand square meters, with gardens, water features, bike path and leisure area. The building has 15 thousand square meters and sustainable architecture, based on the elements of nature. The architectural project, conceived by Calatrava, uses natural resources from the place - such as, for example, the water from the Guanabara Bay, used in the air conditioning of the museum's interior and reused in the water mirror. Calatrava said he was inspired by the bromeliads of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro when designing the building.

• Admission Ticket Free


Splendida esperienza in Brasile!
valefra984, 26-08-2019
Abbiamo incontrato Luisa per un tour storico della città di Rio. Per noi è stato un piacere conoscerla e girare con lei per le strade più importanti del centro. Ci ha parlato della storia e delle tradizioni più sentite della sua città, con l’allegria e la vivacità che caratterizza il popolo brasiliano!
Ottima guida in Brasile! Grazie Luisa!

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