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Private Rio City Center Walking Tour

Private Rio City Center Walking Tour

By Rio Cultural Secrets Private Tours
It is said that a city (and its culture) is better known in its streets than in its museums. And Rio is no exception! Each step in the hot asphalt will take us to Rio's immediate past: you will visit the most important cathedrals, palaces, and squares during the Colonial Era, learn anecdotes, myths and legends of emblematic characters of the street and you will see how the daily life of the Carioca people was in their time. Walk with us through the most emblematic places in the heart of Rio and let yourself be carried away by its charms.

Ages 14-70
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Portuguese, English

  • Private Transport and exclusive tour guide during the walking tour
  • Entry/Admission - Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio)
What's not included
  • Tíckets and meals
  • Entry/Admission - The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
  • Entry/Admission - Paco Imperial
  • Entry/Admission - Cinelandia

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick-up in Downtown, Santa Teresa or South Zone.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 104845P12

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 104845P12

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    The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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    Convent of St. Anthony (Convento do Santo Antonio)
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Paco Imperial
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  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
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  • Rio Cultural Secrets Private Tours
    Joined in March 2013
  • jkjb2
    0 contributions
    Two Fantastic Private Tour Days of Rio with Fabio
    My friend and I wanted a fun and informative tour of Rio. We booked two days with Fabio Mendonca who owns and operates and it was perfect. Fabio is a native of Rio, and he is your tour guide. It was great learning about Rio from a native. His website is very informative and he designed the two tour days to match our interests. His communications were prompt and efficient, he arrived on time with a nice vehicle, and he is just fun to be with. We communicated by e-mail and paid him through pay pal in April for our August tours. Don't hesitate, if you want to have a Rio guide, he is the best.
    Written September 9, 2023
  • F6299YOangelc
    0 contributions
    Awesome Tour
    We booked 3 private tours with Fabio and all three were amazing. He was a wealth of knowledge about Rio and gave us an authentic and safe experience. I highly recommend booking with Rio Cultural Experience.
    Written August 5, 2023
  • ryanN1566WD
    0 contributions
    Private tour from Rio to Buzios
    We had a wonderful time with Fabio. We had a 1 day private tour and he took us from Rio to Buzios. He is a fantastic and safe driver. He taught us many things about Rio and the surrounding regions. Along the way, he took us to many beautiful beaches and we went on an amazing boat tour. When I go back to Rio, I’ll contact Fabio for another tour. I’ll also recommend his tour to friends and family.
    Written July 30, 2023
  • 353marianai
    0 contributions
    Great favela tour
    My partner and I had a great time walking around Vidigal Favela with Fabio. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and we felt safe and welcome all the way. We had mixed feelings about a tour inside a favela but it was done in an incredibly respectful way. The views are fantastic too and he will tell you lots of interesting anecdotes along the way. We highly recommend it!
    Written July 29, 2023
  • CharliefromTampa
    0 contributions
    Good times
    We spent 3 days with Fabio. My teen daughter was concerned about spending so much time with a guide, but now we are both fans of him. We did the usual Rio highlights, some more in the area and a day at Ilha Grande. He is high energy and very accommodating.
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Erin R
    Erin R
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    Wonderful experience
    I traveled to Rio for a work conference in May and booked a full day tour with Fabio for myself and a colleague on our one free sight-seeing day. The night before our tour, two additional colleagues asked to join, and Fabio made the necessary arrangements (i.e., securing a different, larger vehicle) in order to accommodate the last-minute request, which I greatly appreciated. Our group thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Fabio picked us up at our hotel promptly at the agreed-upon time. He told us about the things we were seeing throughout our drive and while we are at various locations, and answered all of our questions. Given his extensive experience doing these types of tours, he got us to the sights at ideal times when crowds were lighter, which we appreciated. We had a wonderful day with Fabio and I would highly recommend him to anyone considering a tour in Rio.
    Written May 9, 2023
  • jeffreybP4038KY
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    Fabio is the best!
    We did both the Historic City Tour and the Ilha Grande Island tour and both were excellent. Fabio is always 5-10 minutes early, and ready for the day with a general itinerary that can be adapted to suit your needs. My only regret was not doing our third day with him. 5 stars.
    Written March 26, 2023
  • dafna748
    0 contributions
    Amazng guide
    Fabio Mendonca was excellent guide. We spent two full days with Fabio in Rio and we could not ask for more. He navigates the city amazingly, ready to go a mile to save the long ques and make sure you enjoy every minute. He is just what you need to enjoy this wonderful city. Thank you Fabio!!
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Texsam4
    0 contributions
    Tours in Rio
    Had two great tours in Rio De Janeiro with Fabio Mendonca. We did a full day city tour and a full day in Petropolis. Fabio was a fantastic guide, he is extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot about Rio’s history.
    Written March 14, 2023
  • javanehp2023
    0 contributions
    A great tour in Rio
    Rio is an amazing place and Fabio made that experience even better for us. He showed us everything followed by extensive explanations about the history of each place . It brought Rio to life for us. You can tell Fabio loves his job . If you like to visit Rio, I highly recommend a private tour with Fabio. He picks you up from the hotel in his air conditioned car and accompanies you to all the great touristic places with his kind and nice attitude. You will make unforgettable memories in Rio!
    Written March 9, 2023
  • MSP1954
    0 contributions
    Great Rio tour guide
    My husband and I spent two fabulous days with Fabio. He was a wonderful guide (very knowledgeable and personable) and really allowed us to make the most of our time in Rio and visit all of the major sights. It was a great experience and so much better than if we had booked group tours. By engaging him for two days, we were able to make adjustments based on the weather, expected crowds, etc. I would highly recommend him for anyone coming to Rio.
    Written February 27, 2023
  • 75janism
    0 contributions
    Fabio was great! I only had one available day and had wanted to go west out to the UNESCO Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Farm ... super for those into art/landscape design and then the fabulous Brazilian craft museum Casa do Pontal on the return to Rio, but not before enjoying the fabulous Moheqa (?sp) Camarones /seafood stew. Despite the pouring rain he went above and beyond the 'itinerary' and drove me down the coast 'highway' to Grumari and Prainho as well... so beautiful. He was knowledgeable, super friendly and very helpful following up with all my questions...super punctual and reliable, as had his email responses prior to leaving home. I would definitely recommend him highly. Thank you again for my day Fabio
    Written January 16, 2023
  • 595orlyl
    0 contributions
    7 hour Tour of main spots of Rio
    The best! All of us enjoyed each minute during the 7 hour time together. Fabio was engaging, interesting and everything was so well timed and thought through. It was not our first time in Rio but yet Fabio made it feel still so exciting and so much to see and take in. We saw Sugar Loaf, Santa Tereza, Centro, Cathedral and Corcovado. Even the lunch spot was so thoughtful and worked so well. Could not recommend Fabio enough!
    Written December 30, 2022
  • Bmarkova22
    0 contributions
    Highly recommended - knowledgeable, professional, fun & friendly
    Fabio is simply a fantastic guide! My husband and I spent 3 days with him and enjoyed every moment of our tour tremendously. He is knowledgeable, caring, super professional, and he treated us as friends. His great photography skills were a huge bonus! Thank you for everything, Fabio!
    Written November 30, 2022
  • beng9317
    0 contributions
    Very friendly & informative tour! Best way to see Rio!
    Fabio was brilliant. He worked with us on how we wanted the tour to be, very informative and friendly during the whole process. We had to adjust the day of the tour because of bad weather, this was no problem. Then again because of my friend being ill, again no problem. Fabio explained many things not just about the sites we saw but about Rio too. He ensured we took as long as we wanted at every place. He gave us a great recommendation for Samba bars too! He dropped us at a brilliant restaurant for lunch in Ipanema when we finished. Highly recommend for private tours!! Thank you Fabio.
    Written October 30, 2022

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2 reviews
Very good

Mike H
Northerner15 contributions
Jan 2020
My wife and I used Rio Cultural Secrets for three totally different tours and all were hosted by Fabio - basically he was the perfect gentleman, nothing was too much for him. He turned up in his own car exactly when he said he would, was always very prompt and took us to places we had not thought of visiting and went out of his way to take us to places we wanted to see but were not on his normal tour route. We would highly recommend him for two or three people who want a private tour.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thanks a lot Mike for your review. Big Hugs from Rio
Written March 16, 2020
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1 contribution
May 2019 • Solo
I wanted to see as much as I could of the center of Rio, and Fabio showed me as much as possible -
including some wonderful surprise places that I had not listed! He was sensitive to what my specific interests were, and acted accordingly, with flexibility and warmth.
Written June 3, 2019
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