Historical City Center
Rio Free Walking Tour


The best walking tour in Rio de Janeiro takes you to a fun and informative walk about the history of Brazil and Rio through the streets of the Historic Center: Cinelandia, Escadaria Selaron, Lapa, Catedral Metropolitana, Confeitaria Colombo, Paço Imperial and Praça XV are some of the attractions visited during this unforgettable 3-hour experience.


Theatro Municipal

Meeting Point; Rio’s Opera House

Cinelandia Square

The square with the first movie theaters in Rio and important historical buildings.

Selaron Steps

Staircase decorated with colored tiles


The famous bohemian neighborhood

Metropolitan Cathedral

Desingned with unique architecture

Carioca Square

The square with the oldest buildings in the city

Confeitaria Colombo

The most traditional coffe shop and bakery in the city

Praça XV / Paço Imperial

One of the most important historical squares in Brazil


(Tips Based)


Duration: 3 hours



A Quick Note About Free Tours:

Free walking tours are a great way to learn about the history and culture of the city for free. Rio Free Walking Tour does not charge for them although you are welcome to tip our guides at the end. Your contribution is their payment. We have no sponsor, it’s not an obligation, and we understand that any money should be voluntarily given. They will never pressure you to tip them but it is the way we can keep showing the city to the visitors.

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Save your spot booking by email or WhatsApp or just show up!

It’s easy to find us at the meeting point (Theatro Municipal): follow the yellow umbrella !
Check our FAQ for more information.

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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 not mandatory but it helps them to keep going.

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

From Mondays to Saturdays at 9:30am.

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.

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