Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

4.7 / 5

10 reviews

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours
Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

From US$ 43.38 per person

Experience art, culture, and history on a half-day tour. Learn about Brazilian history by visiting Rio's old city center and bohemian Santa Teresa.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German
Pickup included
• Hotel pickup and drop-off from Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and Centro • Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time. • Tour guide will call you by your name in the hotel lobby.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the history of Brazil trough its historic city center
  • Enjoy the art scene in Santa Teresa
  • Take in panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas
Full description
Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. Consisting of centuries-old buildings and roads, the historic center of Rio best illustrates the most important chapters of Brazil’s history.  See the contrast of new and old architecture at XV de Novembro Square. Continue to Cinelândia Square until you reach the famous Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos de Lapa) in Lapa. Admire the historic beauty as you continue to Santa Teresa by car. Enjoy the winding narrow streets and colorful buildings of bohemian Santa Teresa, famous for its bars, galleries, ateliers, and the 19th-century Santa Teresa tram. From the top of Santa Teresa Hill, enjoy some of Rio’s finest views and look across Guanabara Bay.  Take in the panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas, located in the ruins of an old mansion belonging to Laurinda Santos. The mansion has been partially restored and is now used as a cultural center hosting various exhibitions and events.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Multilingual Guide
  • Food
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

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The tour was exciting, very interesting and full of history and walking. To be honest, that was the best tour I had in Río de Janeiro. Highly recommended

March 17, 2023

Edwardo was brilliant!! Lots of information and we had a feed laughs too

March 7, 2023

Tour was very informative and well organized. Dario was a great host and answered all our questions and provided good recommendations

February 13, 2023

Product ID: 389501