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Culinary Backstreets Walks - Culinary Walks: Rio

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Cultural/food tour of Rio

Horacio was our guide and he was WONDERFUL!!!! Informative, warm and lovely!!!! He spent extra time... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
cynthiacolvin18
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Berkeley, California
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Gastropub Tour in Copacabana-one of the highlights of our trip

We met our guide at the first bar and settled in for food, talk, beer, and cachaça (sugar cane... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2018
BJinNM
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Placitas, New Mexico
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Brazil and its cuisine are a wild and sometimes baffling stew of influences and cultures. Our walk dives right into that mix by taking you through the vibrant heart of Rio's two most historically and architecturally significant neighborhoods: downtown's Centro and Porto areas. These atmospheric districts are where the Portuguese began building Rio, where the slaves who were brought over to Brazil first landed, where samba was born and - most importantly - where this bustling city's multicultural identity and food culture started taking shape.As Rio undertakes an ambitious growth plan, these still-untouristed neighborhoods are now being rediscovered and revitalized. With Rio's history and modern rise as a backdrop, our walk works its way through the traditional eateries and bars of this district, catching some little-known cultural treasures along the way. Starting with a Portuguese-style pastry and strong coffee at Rio's oldest cafe, we then sample the culinary offerings of the city's largest open-air market, which Jewish, Syrian and now Chinese merchants have all called home. Moving through the historic port area, we stop at iconic botequims - lively, old-fashioned watering holes where locals take their lunch - for classic Rio bar food and a taste of cachaca, the sugar cane spirit that is Brazil's national drink. After we take in the view from the area's hills, there will be stops for fresh-squeezed juice and, later on, a visit to a classic local restaurant for some traditional Afro-Brazilian specialties. We end our walk at an old-school sailors' haunt that specializes in roast goat accompanied by glasses of Portuguese port, soaking up the atmosphere of an area whose own story tells the larger story of Rio itself. Note: This walk does include some hills and stairs. Though punctuated by plenty of stops, it can be strenuous at times.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Horacio was our guide and he was WONDERFUL!!!! Informative, warm and lovely!!!! He spent extra time with us, and helped us to enjoy the food if Rio.

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

We met our guide at the first bar and settled in for food, talk, beer, and cachaça (sugar cane based liquor). The guide, Juarez, was knowledgeable about the Brazilian bar scene, the food served in neighborhood pubs, and Brazil food history. We went to three...More

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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets Walks - Culinary Walks: Rio, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2018

Thanks so much for your feedback! That is exactly what we are going for. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk, and hope that you will join us again soon in one of our cities. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

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Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

This tour was not only informative but tasty as well! Courtney was a fantastic guide with lots of personality! I highly recommend this as a must do in Rio!!

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Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

A MUST-DO tour of Rio!! Paxton took us away from the tourist areas and we experienced the real Rio! He is very knowledgable and super passionate about his home town, and allows you to see the city through a completely different lens. You don't have...More

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CulinaryBackstreets, Owner at Culinary Backstreets Walks - Culinary Walks: Rio, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2017

Thanks! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the walk. We take pride in working with people who are very knowledgable about and extremely fond of the cities they live in. You can check out your Culinary Backstreets Passport on our website to...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved the tour!! Paxton was a great guide. Learned a lot about Rio and Brazilian history through the various culinary delights. Ate food from street vendors and opulent bakeries. Fantastic! We were even able to find some of the places again later in the...More

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Reviewed September 26, 2016

We arrived in Rio, dropped our bags and met Raffaele. We could not have asked for a better introduction to the city..it turned out to be our best day there. Raffaele's charm, knowledge, and fantastic choices left us wanting more and more. He took us...More

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Reviewed September 1, 2016

We had a scrumptious tour of Rio with Culinary Backstreets. I had taken the Istanbul tour last December and had a good experience. Rio did not disappoint. We had an eclectic mix of stops - bakeries, coffee shop, street food and a bar. Altogether about...More

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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

This tour had a great selection of Brazilian and Cariocan food. What made the tour great was that it went to dining gems down the backstreets, which had I been on my own, I would not have found. The places we visited were made to...More

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