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Unveil centuries of Architecture

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 32 reviews.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Experience hosted by Aline

3 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, Portuguese

What you'll do

This tour is an observation experience of the architectural evolution of Rio de Janeiro for over 100 years.

Our first stop is the viewpoint on the rooftop of the "Museu de Arte do Rio" where we will talk about the history of Brazil, so we can understant how important was the city of Rio de Janeiro for the construction of the country and why Rio has such architectural variety. Then we will start our walking by the Mauá Square. This Square is one of the regions with the greatest architectural variety in the city. There, it is possible to see five architectural styles from different decades of 20th and 21th centuries.

After this, we will walk towards Cinelândia, a walk of approximately 2km, visiting buildings and discovering old 18th century churches hidden behind huge modern buildings! Cinelândia is another square full of historical examples of Brazilian architecture. It holds 5 of the 10 original buildings that remain from the opening of Rio Branco's Avenue in 1905. We'll explore their facades, their details and our last stop will be the Federal Justice Cultural Center. This building preserves an original court room from the beggining of the 20th century.
This tour is an observation experience of the architectural evolution of Rio de Janeiro for over 100 years.

Our first stop is the viewpoint on the rooftop of the "Museu de Arte do Rio" where we will talk about the history of Brazil, so we can understant how important was the city of Rio de Janeiro for the construction of the country and why Rio has such architectural variety. Then we will start our walking by the Mauá Square. This Squa…

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Meet your host, Aline

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I'm a grad student of History of Brazilian Arts and Architecture, a certified tour guide and coffee lover! I took three years of architecture but then swapped to Civil Engineering, which I graduated in 2016. Rio de Janeiro, besides being my home, is also my largest study laboratory. I like to use the tours to share with people the two subjects that I like the most to study: Architecture and the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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Where you'll be

In this tour we will explore Rio Branco Avenue, from one end to the other. It is a very emblematic avenue in the heart of Rio de Janeiro's Historic Center, opened in 1905. Of the hundreds of buildings built in the first decade of the 20th century, 10 remain and they will be our focus. In addition to these, we will also learn about the stories behind the city's expansion and the new buildings that replaced the old ones.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 32 reviews.

Paula
February 2020
Experiência sensacional! Sou arquiteta e minha intenção era conhecer a evolução arquitetônica do RJ, na minha primeira visita à Cidade Maravilhosa. Para mim, cidades a gente conhece "batendo perna", mas apenas olhar para o entorno e não conhecer a história seria incompleto. A Aline me permitiu essa experiência exatamente nesse sentido. Ela passou por arquitetura, engenharia, turismo e hoje faz uma pós exatamente na área da história da arquitetura da capital carioca, então foi exatamente o que eu precisava! O bacana é que, enquanto a gente anda, coisas de fora do "roteiro" vão surgindo, e ela se adapta e vai atrás de informações com facilidade e naturalidade. Por exemplo: Começamos na Praça dos Museus e ela me mostrou a horta do Museu do Amanhã, eu que adoro plantas já fui lá e havia uma planta que não descobrimos o que era. Ela já tirou foto e mandou para um amigo que nos deu a espécie. Isso é uma característica bem bacana da Aline, ela tem um network enorme, conhece muitos lugares e muitas pessoas que agregam na experiência. Fomos à uma galeria que pertence ao neto de Oscar Niemeyer e tem croquis exclusivos em série limitada do arquiteto, realmente senti que a experiência foi feita e adaptada para mim. Eu , que não conhecia nada do Rio, voltei pra Curitiba contando todas as coisas incríveis que conheci, desde a transformação da cidade até histórias que parecem brincadeira, como o projeto de rotacionar a Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelária para ficar de frente para a Avenida Pres. Vargas, pois Getúlio queria a igreja de frente para a avenida. Não posso contar tudo, mas indico a experiência! Leve uma mochila, água e um tênis confortável, o resto a experiência proporciona!!! Ah, desde o começo, mesmo antes de chegar ao Rio, ela me orientou em como me virar no metrô, VLT, como andar pela cidade, então a experiência vai além das horas do passeio, é a atenção da Aline que faz toda a diferença!
Experiência sensacional! Sou arquiteta e minha intenção era conhecer a evolução arquitetônica do RJ, na minha primeira visita à Cidade Maravilhosa. Para mim, cidades a gente conhec…
Serena
February 2020
We spent the afternoon with Aline on the architecture tour and she was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Brazil and it’s influence on the Brazilian landscape. It was a great way to explore and learn about the city. I would highly recommend it.
We spent the afternoon with Aline on the architecture tour and she was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Brazil and it’s influence on the Brazilian landscape. It was a g…
Mariano
January 2020
Realmente muy interesante este recorrido junto a Aline. Te permite descubrir un lado de Río poco explorado, su historia y lugares únicos. Ideal para quienes disfrutan de conocer sobre historia, cultura y arquitectura. Un placer, muy recomendado!
Realmente muy interesante este recorrido junto a Aline. Te permite descubrir un lado de Río poco explorado, su historia y lugares únicos. Ideal para quienes disfrutan de conocer so…
Ricardo
January 2020
Foi uma experiência mto relevante. Pois conheci vários aspectos da cultura e arquitetura do Rio que eu jamais conseguiria sem o apoio da Aline.
Esteban
December 2019
Muy buena experiencia, algo diferente para conocer de Río de Janeiro. Se adaptó a cambiar itinerario por inquietudes nuestras (conocer ciertos lugares y otro no por ya haber estado).
Zeineb
December 2019
very informative tour! Aline is highly knowledgeable and charming. She did a great job explaining important facts about the city of Rio, its main avenues and and its rich architectural style while discovering beautiful buildings and areas of Rio! Overall, very satisfied and I highly recommend :)
very informative tour! Aline is highly knowledgeable and charming. She did a great job explaining important facts about the city of Rio, its main avenues and and its rich architect…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

This is a tour for all people who want to know a little more about the history and architecture of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro.

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