1. Brazil
  2. Rio de Janeiro (state)
  3. Rio de Janeiro
  4. Museu de Arte do Rio

Rio de Janeiro: Little Africa Heritage Walking Tour

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Join a guided tour of Little Africa in Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the African influence on the city's culture.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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English, Portuguese

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  • 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
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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
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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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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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
This tour will take place rain or shine.

From US$ 24.33 per person

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Product ID: 390003