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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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269 reviews
The tour was very interesting and Rafael was a great guide.
10 Barbara
  • Free
  • English English
  • 3 hours

Discover the beautiful historic center of Rio de Janeiro and the picturesque neighborhood of Lapa when you take our fascinating free tour.

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.

The next stop will be at the traditional bar Lapa and Arte where you will enjoy a tasting of some typical Brazilian sweets and liquors. The tour concludes at 1:30 p.m at the Selina Lapa Hotel (the former Bragança Hotel) where we will enjoy some spectacular views.



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.

More Information


3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


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

Tasting of Brazilian liquors and sweets.

Not included

Additional drinks.

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

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the same day (8:30 AM local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

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.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


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


Meeting point

Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro


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

When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.