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Rio Free Walking Tour: Explore Rio’s Best Historical Landmarks

Join Our Free, Tip-Based Tours Led by Knowledgeable Local Guides

Our Free Walking Tours. No need to book!

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Historical City Center

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From Mon to Sat at 9:30am in front of the Theatro Municipal, Cinelandia

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Little Africa

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Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am in front of the General statue, Praça XV

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Santa Teresa

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Saturdays at 2:30pm at Largo dos Guimarães

Dive Deeper into Rio’s Magic with Our Special Tours

Heads up! Our special tours are paid experiences and are currently led in Portuguese only. Follow our Instagram for more details

May/2024 - Little Africa: Resistance and Fight

Find out more about Rio de Janeiro’s port area, a former slave port that has become a place of fighting and ancestry

June/2024 - Bossa Nova Tour

Explore the streets that inspired some of the world’s most famous Brazilian songs

July/2024 - About Machado de Assis

The places that inspired the chronicles, tales and books of the ‘Witch of Catete’ and many others

August/2024 - Vargas Era: The Man Who Changed Brazil

About the life, death and political career of one of the most politically significant Brazilians of the 20th century

September/2024 - D. Pedro I and the Independency of Brasil

The myths, truths and secrets of this more than controversial character in Brazilian history

October/2024 - Scary and Bizarre

Unveil the city’s darkest secrets on our chilling stories tour

November/2024 - São João Batista Cemetary: Necropolis of the Great

A Tour of the Cemetery’s Notable Residents

December/2024 - Christmas Tour: Churches in the Center of Rio

Our Christmas tour will visit various churches in Rio de Janeiro, telling us how the Catholic Church has constantly played a part in the history and formation of the city

Rio Free Walking Tour: Explore the City Like a Local

Discover the rich history and culture of Rio de Janeiro with Rio Free Walking Tour, the premier provider of free, tip-based walking tours in Rio. Our knowledgeable local guides lead the groups through the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, sharing stories and insights about Rio’s past and present. From the historic streets of the City Center to the bohemian charm of Santa Teresa, and the vibrant culture of Little Africa, our tours showcase the best of Rio and offer a unique, sustainable, and responsible way to experience the city.

Learn more about us here.

Questions? Check our FAQ or contact us by email, WhatsApp or use the contact form.

So come and join us in an unforgettable experience!

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star rating  The best way to get to know Rio  - Rafael did great showing us around Rio!!! Born in Rio (a “carioca” as we learnt), he knew the history of every single site and was able to tell a totally... read more

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January 8, 2024

star rating  Delightful experience - so happy we took this tour  - Yesterday, my husband and I went on a three-hour walking tour led by Rafael. We highly recommend the tour itself and in particular if Rafael is your guide. ... read more

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February 3, 2024

star rating  Excellent City Tour with Brilliant Tour Guide!  - Joined this tour with my son and had Jessica who gave us the background & history regarding the city. There were only 3 of us on the English tour as... read more

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March 25, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the free tours really free?

Yes, they are. We don’t charge anything. But we encourage tipping the tour guides at the end of the tour. It’s not mandatory but it helps them to keep going.

If I want to tip the guide, how much should I pay and how can I pay?

As previously explained tips are not mandatory but around the world usually the tip is around US$ 10.00. Feel free to give as much as you want. Just remember the tour guides don’t have credit card machines.

How do I join the Free Walking Tour? Do I need to book?

You choose! Either you save your spot booking by email or WhatsApp or just show up!

What are the days and times that you are operating the Free Tours?

From Monday to Saturday at 09:30am.

What should I bring to the tours?

Comfortable shoes, light clothes, sunblock, sunglasses and bottled water. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your smile !

Are the tous cancelled due to bad weather?

Sunny and rainy days, we are waiting for you.

I have heard Rio is a very dangerous city. Is that true? Can I bring my camera or phone to the tour?

As any big city, Rio is not 100% safe. We recommend to avoid bringing jewerly. Cameras and phones usually are ok. The tour guides are always paying attention to the surroundings but we cannot guarantee 100% safety.

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