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Selfie Rio Free Walking Tour's Tour Guides Leticia, Marcus and Conceicao, in front of the Theatro Municipal (Opera House) at Cinelandia, Rio de Janeiro

City Center Free Walking Tour


The best walking tour in Rio is a fun and informative way to learn about the History of Brazil and Rio

When: Mon to Sat at 9:30am

Meeting Point: In front of the Theatro Municipal, at Cinelandia

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Selfie of Rio Free Walking Tour's Tour Guide Leticia and some Tourists in front of the Cais do Valongo at the Little Africa area.

Little Africa Free Walking Tour


It’s time to explore the ‘Little Africa’ region. Learn the history of slavery and the impact and legacy of the Afro culture in Brazil’s identity.

When: Wed and Thu at 9:30am

Meeting Point: In front of the statue of Marechal General Osorio at Praça XV (City Center)

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Selfie of Rio Free Walking Tour's Tour Guide Leticia and some Tourits in front of a paiting in Santa Teresa neighborhood.

Santa Teresa Free Walking Tour


Santa Teresa: a charming hilltop neighborhood turned artistic haven. A perfect walking tour destination.

When: Saturdays at 2:30pm

Meeting Point: Largo dos Guimarães

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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!

Selfie of Rio Free Walking Tour's Tour Guide Jessica with some Tourists after a Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro's City Center

What They Say about Us

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  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  A must do in Rio! (Free walking tour)  - Absolutely loved this walking tour and couldn’t recommend it enough! The perfect amount of walking to history ratio. Opportunities to stop to buy water and food throughout. Also gave us... read more

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February 29, 2024


What is a Free Walking Tour?

A free walking tour is a guided tour of a city or location led by a local guide. These tours are typically 2-3 hours long and cover the main sights and historical points of interest. There is no set price, but participants are encouraged to tip their guide at the end based on their experience and the value they received.

What is the best way to tip my guide?

We greatly appreciate tips as they are the main source of income for our passionate guides. The best way to show your appreciation is by tipping in cash at the end of the tour. This allows your guide to receive the full amount directly. There are several ATMs conveniently located near our meeting points, so you can easily withdraw cash if needed.


Do I need to book the Rio Free Walking tour in advance?

No need to book a spot in advance, just show up at the meeting point 10 minutes before the starting time. Find the meeting points and starting times for each tour here.

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

You can check the tour options clicking here.

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 tours cancelled due to bad weather?

Sunny and rainy days, we are waiting for you. Unless there is really heavy rain, we will be there to explore Rio with 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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