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Rio Historic Centre and Lapa Neighbourhood Free Tour
Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Historic Centre and Lapa Neighbourhood Free Tour

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Very clear and friendly Fernando our guide. Excellent tour
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Discover the beautiful historic center of Rio de Janeiro and the picturesque neighborhood of Lapa when you take our fascinating free tour.

Enjoying the free tour of Rio de Janeiro
Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro
The Selaron Steps
The Cachaçaria liquor house of Lapa
Tiradentes Palace
Selarón Staircase
Typical street in Lapa

Free Tour of the Historic Centre of Rio and Lapa

There are many hidden treasures to discover in the famous city of Rio de Janeiro. At 10:30 am, we will meet up in front of the main entrance of the impressive Municipal Theater to begin our free guided tour of the city!

After admiring the theater's magnificent exterior façade and learning all about the history of Cinelândia Square, we will continue our free tour through Rio de Janeiro along Rio Branco Avenue in the direction of the Confeitaria Colombo. There you will discover why this coffeehouse is a hugely popular tourist spot. We will also pass other iconic locations, such as the Arcos do Telles archway, the huge Praça Quinze de Novembro square, the elegant Imperial Palace, and the beautiful Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro.

We continue exploring other beautiful corners of the city including the neoclassical Tiradentes Palace, Largo da Carioca square, the Arcos da Lapa arch, and the famous Selarón steps. You will have the chance to get your photograph taken on these famous stairs decorated with colorful mosaics, before the tour comes to an end.


Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
  • Alcoholic drinks are not available.
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Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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3 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.


English speaking guide specialized in the history of Rio de Janeiro.

Not included

Tickets for the public transport (from 4.30 Brazilian Reales €1, $1 USD approx.).

When to book?

You can book up until 12 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Digital voucher

Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.


No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility or pushchairs/strollers.



Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.


Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro