Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

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

Activity provider: Rio Carioca Tours

From US$ 42.33 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.

About this activity

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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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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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
  • All participants who are over 49 years old must present proof of their 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccination
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

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Notre guide, Dario, a été au top ! Ponctuel, serviable, souriant … Il nous a fait visiter les points clés de Rio, agrémenté la visite d anecdotes, de références historiques … un vrai bonheur pour nous d avoir pu découvrir le Centro et Santa Teresa avec lui Si vous souhaitez découvrir Rio en toute simplicité, faites appel à Dario; c est un guide d exception

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May 24, 2022


Great tour, thanks to a great guide Manuela. They were on time on a pick up spot, everything went smooth, Manuela is smart, interesting and easy going. And she made this tour so good.

March 4, 2021

Product ID: 389501