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Rio Free Walking Tour

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Next Free Walking Tour: 27/01/22 @ 9:30am

We are back!

The #1 walking tour operator of Rio de Janeiro is back to action, and we are doing what we do best: walking tours in the City Center where you can learn a lot of Rio’s and Brazil’s history in a very creative way.
Learn more about us here and check the tours we offer here.

For this moment, due to de covid-19 pandemic, we are operating the Free Walking Tours on Tuesdays and Fridays. Check the tour details 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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Based on 1027 reviews.
PrestonGuild
PrestonGuild
2020-07-28
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Rio Free Walking Tour We have done lots of walking tours around the world and we were interested in doing one in Rio. We did the Rio Free Walking Tour of Centro. We found it interesting and informative. It is the kind of thing you cannot do by going around in an Uber or a HOHO bus. There was a lot of walking of the Centro and Lapa area. However there is a lot of sitting down as well as the guide explains the history of Brazil and the surrounding buildings. One of the first stops was in Confeitaria Columbo bakery. We bought some cakes and pastries which we ate when we were sitting down. We then went to XV Square, Imperial Palace, Cinelandia and it ends on the Selaron staircase in Lapa. Our guide was fun and informative. She always had a lot of quirky facts.
Flor Chu
Flor Chu
2020-03-13
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Excelente Free Walking por centro histórico de Río!! Realizamos con Josefa un recorrido imperdible para conocer la historia de esta hermosa ciudad. Recomendable
Pola
Pola
2020-03-08
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debes hacer el tour si o si Fui en febrero del año 2019 y hice el tour con Josefa, es la más simpática y alegre, habla portuñol pero entiende bastante de español, explica muy bien y vale la pena ir al tour. Te llevan a diferentes lugares como las escaleras, lapa, la iglesia, la parte empresarial, es muy completo el tour
Dennis W
Dennis W
2020-03-06
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Nice Guided Walking Tour We joined the Rio Free Walking Tour without much expectation as it’s “free”. However it turned out to be a nice experience. Our tour guide Francesco Caleno was really good. He spoke very good English, has good knowledge in local culture and history, good humour as well, and had lot of patience with the group. We really enjoyed the tour. Thank you.
Tommy S
Tommy S
2020-02-17
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Perfect way to get to see a part of Rio This was just great! A long walk but totally worth it! We had a fantastic guy as our guide! (Can't remeber his name so I will add a picture) We started at Carioca, went around in the old part of the city, the back alleys and ended up at the Selaron Steps. Just a terrific day!
Sergio V
Sergio V
2020-02-15
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Centro do Rio sem perrengue Já tinha ido ao Rio várias vezes, mas, sempre tive receio de visitar o centro histórico, apesar da vontade. O RFWT resolveu este problema. Você se sente seguro andando com um guia local por locais tão vulneráveis quanto a Lapa e a Cinelândia. Nossa guia, Marise, não dourava a pílula e dizia onde havia mais risco e falava de cuidados com objetos caros. O nível do tour é similar ao que fiz em cidades europeias, muito conhecimento, simpatia e história. Foi com gosto que paguei ao final, recomendadíssimo!
Vanessa
Vanessa
2020-02-11
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Tour maravilhoso! Vale muito realizar o tour!! Os guias são simpáticos. E é um jeito de conhecer vários pontos de forma, relativamente, rápida e bem proveitosa.
J.I
J.I
2020-02-06
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Excelente tour con Josefa! Excelente Walking Tour. Caminamos por el Centro de Río, recorriendo varios puntos de interés! Las casi 4 horas con Josefa se pasaron volando, dándonos tiempo para fotos, compras, etc. Muy recomendable!
Romina C
Romina C
2020-02-04
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Excelente tour. Gracias Josefa!!!! Nos encantó el recorrido por el centro histórico de Río. Josefa muy clara y amable, siempre dispuesta a responder todas nuestras preguntas. La pasamos tan bien que se pasó rapidísimo la mañana. Superó las expectativas y lo recomendamos.
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Free Walking Tour

The best way to know to Rio de Janeiro’s city center and learn not only the city’s history but Brazilian too.

private tours

Private Walking Tours

The same concept of the free walking tour only and exclusively for you and your group.

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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.

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

Due to the covid pandemic we will limit the groups sizes so save your spot booking by email or WhatsApp.

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

At this moment we are operating the Free Walking Tours on Thursdays and Fridays at 09:30 am.

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 !

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.

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.

Are the tous cancelled due to bad weather?

Sunny and rainy days, we are waiting for you.

What about the Private Tours? What are the differences? Are they worht it?

Althought our Free Walking Tour is excellent and complete, the Private Walking Tours have more flexiblility and are greats options if you want exclusive attention, different days and times for your group. Totally worth it!

What are the covid-19 safety measures for the Walking Tours?

Wearing face masks during the tours is mandatory.

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