Rio de Janeiro: Little Africa Heritage Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro: Little Africa Heritage Walking Tour

From US$ 22.84 per person

Join a guided tour of Little Africa in Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the African influence on the city's culture.

About this activity

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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English


  • Explore the rich African heritage in Rio de Janeiro
  • Take in panoramic views of Mauá Square from a rooftop
  • Walk around the birthplace of samba in Rio de Janeiro
  • Take a picture in front of the biggest grafitti wall in Rio
Full description
Meet your guide in front of the Rio Art Museum. Start the tour by learning about the history of Brazil during the colonial period. This introduction is important to better understand the tour and everything that will be covered along the way. Neighborhoods in the port region of Rio de Janeiro came to be known as Little Africa at the turn of the 20th century. After the slave trade became illegal in Brazil, freed slaves remained working in the area. During a brief explanation you can admire the view of Mauá Square and Guanabara Bay from the rooftop of the Rio Art Museum. You will then explore Largo da Prainha to learn about the African influence in Brazilian gastronomy. See the statue erected in honor of Mercedes Baptista, the forerunner of Afro dance in Brazil, and the first black dancer at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro. Next, stop in front of Pedra do Sal, considered the place where samba was born. This area is the oldest continuously-inhabited black neighborhood in the country. Last, visit the Jardim Suspenso do Valongo (Hanging Garden of Valongo), the Valongo Wharf, and end the tour in front of the largest grafitti mural in the world, at the Olympic Boulevard.
  • English and Portuguese-speaking tour guide
  • Access to Museum rooftop
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Your guide will be in front of the museum. Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. The tour guide can only wait for 10 minutes in case of delays.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine.
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