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Rio Free Walking Tour

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Rio Free Walking Tours! 🇬🇧🇧🇷🇪🇸 No need to book!


Historical City Center

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

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Little Africa

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

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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa: Saturdays at 2:30pm at Largo dos Guimarães

We are back!

The #1 walking tour operator of Rio de Janeiro is back to action, and we are doing what we do best: free walking tours in the City Center, Santa Teresa and Little Africa where you can learn a lot of Rio’s and Brazil’s history in a very creative way.

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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Based on 1059 reviews
Conhecimento histórico Ótimo guia, fizemos uma viagem pela história do Br. Também nos sentimos seguros com o passeio com alguém que conhece a cidade.
Juliana O
Juliana O
Gratificante O Rio Free Walking Tour com o guia Celso superou as expectativas. Três horas e meia de muito aprendizado, história em momento agradável. Mostrou grande conhecimento. Conseguimos explorar o centro de forma mto leve e tranquila. Eu, Juliana e Thiago curtimos muitos e recomendamos com certeza.
Joris V
Joris V
Great! We had a great tour around the historic centre with a nice guide! He knows everything about the history of Rio and Brasil.
Super indico! Explorar a cultura do Rio com histórias belíssimas e paisagens incríveis ficou muito melhor com a free walking tour, a guia Natália foi super atenciosa e dinâmica em todo o percurso. Super recomendo, muito bom!
Matthew G
Matthew G
The Tour you’ve been looking for! Phenomenal accommodating guide with extensive knowledge of the area and its beginnings. Tour was engaging and relevant. Rapheal was witty and comical throughout which made the entire experience fun and memorable.
Fantastic tour, Rafael is brilliant! The walking tour was amazing. It was our first day in Rio, and it was a perfect introduction to the city, we learnt so much! We also felt that having this on our first day really inspired us and gave us more confidence to explore as much of the city as we could during the time we had. Rafael was a brilliant tour guide, so knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. Couldn’t recommend enough, thank you!
Janice Maria dos Santos
Janice Maria dos Santos
Passeio imperdível pelo centro do Rio A equipe da Rio Free Walking Tour é profissional e atenciosa. Adoramos o passeio! A guia Erika é competente e muito prestativa. Foi maravilhoso conhecer esse outro lado do Rio. Ficamos impressionados com tamanha beleza dos prédios históricos do centro. Superou nossas expectativas. Uma experiência inesquecível!
Tour passionnant avec Rafael Super tour grâce à Rafael. Un guide passionné et passionnant. J’aurai pu l’écouter des heures nous raconter l’histoire de Rio.
Je recommande sans hésiter !
holly b
holly b
Great tour and awesome guide! I visited Rio alone so signed onto a walking tour and it was awesome! Rafael was super knowledgeable and the whole thing felt really personalised. He walked me around areas I’d previously visited alone but he shed a new light on them and explained the history. I’ve done lots of walking tours so lots of cities but this one was definitely a favourite.
Renee S
Renee S
Love love love Rio de Janeiro My trip to Rio was the best trip I have ever had. I learned so much and Marcelo and Faby were the best guides anyone could have. They truly enhanced my experience. I always felt safe and loved every excursion. They made me feel at home a showed me all the beauty and wonder of Brazil. My life has been enriched by this vacation. I will go back again and again. Beijo Rio!

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?

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 !

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!

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