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Visit the Historical and Cultural Downtown

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 22 reviews.Centro, Brazil

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Experience hosted by Péricles

3 hours
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Portuguese

What you'll do

Visit the main sights of downtown Rio de Janeiro learning more about the city's history, local culture and social issues. Your guide, in addition to specialized knowledge, has lived in the city since birth and follows recent processes of urban transformation caused by major events and changes in government.
The tour will have a local perspective of the current controversies in the main tourist capital of Brazil. After all, is Rio the wonderful city as it's known? From the aesthetic point of view, there is no doubt. But what can we say about the functioning of social relations, what are their impacts on the urban organization of the Center?
We will leave the Arches of Lapa towards the Selarón Staircase. After, head to Cinelandia where you can see the Municipal Theater. We will pass by Largo da Carioca and walk along Rio Branco Avenue. In Praça XV, we will visit the CCBB and then the Candelaria Church. Through the Olympic Boulevard, we will arrive at Praça Mauá to see the Pedra do Sal and finish at Valongo Pier.
During the walking, we will come across diferent buildings, squares and sculptures that are true icons of Rio's architecture, but also with bars, irregular occupations, street arts and corners that keep in a story untold by books. So, each tour is a unique experience in which the city constantly changes.
Visit the main sights of downtown Rio de Janeiro learning more about the city's history, local culture and social issues. Your guide, in addition to specialized knowledge, has lived in the city since birth and follows recent processes of urban transformation caused by major events and changes in government.
The tour will have a local perspective of the current controversies in the main tourist capital of Brazil. After all, is Rio the wonderf…

Péricles's commitment to safety

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Thu, Oct 29
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$23 per person
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Thu, Oct 29
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$23 per person
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Fri, Oct 30
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$12 per person
$12 per person

Meet your host, Péricles

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 22 Reviews
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Hey, guys!

My name is Péricles, I was born and raised in the downtown of Rio de Janeiro, in Praça Mauá, and currently live in Lapa. I have a degree in History (UFRRJ), another one in Music (UFRJ) and a postgraduate degree in Arts (IFRJ) from nationally renowned federal institutions. In addition, I am very interested in the popular culture of Brazil and I like talking about the different realities of my city from a sociocultural perspective. I love sharing my local knowledge with people from other places who bring their respective life experiences with them. I believe those meetings are a great opportunity to meet new people and always promote very enriching situations for everyone.

Oh! I am a lover of coffee, food of any kind, travel and of course that cold beer like all good carioca. lol
Hey, guys!

My name is Péricles, I was born and raised in the downtown of Rio de Janeiro, in Praça Mauá, and currently live in Lapa. I have a degree in History (UFRRJ), another one in Music (UFRJ) and a postgraduate degree in Arts (IFRJ) from nationally renowned federal institutions. In addition, I am very interested in the popular culture of Brazil and I like talking about the different realities of my city from a sociocultural perspective. I love sharing my local knowledge with peopl…
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Where you'll be

Lapa Arches; Selarón Staircase; Cinelandia; Municipal Theater; Largo da Carioca; Rio Branco Avenue; Praça XV; CCBB; Candelaria Church; Olympic Boulevard; Praça Mauá; Pedra do Sal; Valongo Pier.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 22 reviews.

Kimberly
March 2020
It was wonderful! In one tour I got to see many buildings/places and understand their use-past and present; as well as be more oriented in the city. Definitely saw and now understand things I wouldn't have been able to on my own. Péricles is funny, interesting, kind and respectful. Definitely recommend the experience.
It was wonderful! In one tour I got to see many buildings/places and understand their use-past and present; as well as be more oriented in the city. Definitely saw and now understa…
Marc
March 2020
This tour was wonderful in every possible way. Pericles knows everything there is to know about Rio! Do not hesitate sign up now you will not be sorry.
אורה
February 2020
A great guid, very knowledgeable. He made me feel welcomed. I learned a lot and saw things I wouldn’t see by myself. I recommend this tour.
Anastasia
February 2020
Very nice and personalized way to learn about Rio. Pericles was very friendly and welcoming and answered all our questions and even more. We felt very comfortable and safe with him! He speaks English very well. Would definitely recommend him to anyone!
Very nice and personalized way to learn about Rio. Pericles was very friendly and welcoming and answered all our questions and even more. We felt very comfortable and safe with him…
Tânia
February 2020
Excelente tour! O Péricles é muito apaixonado pelo que faz, conhece muito sobre o Rio de Janeiro. Adorei, recomendo a 100%
Júlia
February 2020
Passeamos por lugares que jamais conheceríamos se não fosse com esse tour pelo centro da cidade. Nos sentimos seguros e imersos naquele universo. Péricles foi extremamente atencioso, amigável e prestativo. Gostamos muito!! Indicamos o passeio!
Passeamos por lugares que jamais conheceríamos se não fosse com esse tour pelo centro da cidade. Nos sentimos seguros e imersos naquele universo. Péricles foi extremamente atencios…

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Things to know

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 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

More tips

Although the ride is completely flat terrain, it is important that the person is well prepared, as walking can be tiring on hot days. Besides, depending on the day of the reservation, some buildings can only be seen from the outside due to the possibility of being closed.

What to bring

hat or cap

light and comfortable clothes and shoes