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Historic Rio De Janeiro Tour

Historic Rio De Janeiro Tour Guide:

This interesting easy-to-walk tour reveals the historic origins of one of the world's most famous tourist destinations. Magnificent palaces, churches, and museums are the evidence of Rio's glorious colonial past.

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  • including insider tips, maps and directions
  • fascinating information throughout your route
  • and tons of photos because 'a picture is worth 1000 words'
Like having a friend show you around!

Historic Rio De Janeiro Tour; The usual image that tourists have of Rio is of the white sandy beaches and luxurious apartments at Copacabana and Ipanema. This tour reveals the area where the city originated after the arrival of the Portuguese colonizers in the 16th century. Rio would become the capital of a thriving new colony and later the seat of a vast commercial empire with links to 4 other continents. The most important historical buildings and their cultural heritage have been preserved in excellent condition, allowing the visitor to obtain an accurate description of Brazil’s past. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Historic Rio De Janeiro Tour Highlights

  • Historic Rio Introduction
  • National History Museum
  • Museum of Brazilian Naval History
  • Do Carmo Cathedral & Imperial Palace
  • Brazilian Navy’s Exposition
  • Boat Trip to Fiscal Island
  • Museum of the Republic
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
And much much more…


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Tips

  • Beware of Rio de Janeiro's aggressive drivers (both of cars and motorcycles). They rarely respect pedestrians crossing the street. Wait patiently for the green lights to allow you to get to the other side.
  • At present US$5 is the entry fee for both the 'Light and Sound Show' at the Do Carmo Church and the Boat trip to Fiscal Island.
  • Beware of Rio's uneven pavements and streets. Most have been made with hundreds of golf-ball-size stones called 'Portuguese stones' that frequently get loose and leave dangerous holes in the ground.
  • Always have small change available such as the real 5 and 10 bank notes. Avoid wasting time and hassles by paying with the real 50 or 100 bills. (The real is the name of the currency. It means 'royal' in Portuguese.)

Marcelo Mackinnon

Marcelo Mackinnon has been working for the past 10 years as a tour guide in Chile's central valley area - Santiago, Valparaiso, and Vi'a del Mar. He also knows his way around nearby countries such as Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, et cetera). Marcelo currently resides in Santiago, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

From Marcelo: WHERE TO ROCK IN RIO

"There is no other city in the world where having a friend to show you around (i.e. Tours4Mobile) will be as useful as in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With 8000, bars, 3600 restaurants and dozens of kilometers of white, sandy beaches to cover, Rio´s breathtaking tropical atmosphere inspired me to invite you to travel to this exciting destination.

On your fist visit, the best place to begin is Copacabana, approximately 40 minutes drive from the airport (officially known as Tom Jobim International). Known as 'Copa' by the Cariocas (locals), this is where most of the hotels are located. Southwards and within walking distance of Copa is Ipanema Beach, a place made famous by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Morais in their song 'Girl from Ipanema'. According to the insider legend, these musicians would spend a lot of time in a bar, waiting for a tall, tanned, young and lovely girl called Helo Pinheiro to pass by. Today the bar is still there, the street is named after Vinicius, and Helo is a national celebrity.

By the way, if you plan to buy property, be warned that Ipanema is the most expensive neighborhood on the planet. Next to Ipanema is Leblon, not so crowded during the day, and favored by actors, singers and fashion models. However, if you really want to 'Rock in Rio', Lapa is the place, full of bars, restaurants and cabarets. If you can´t get any action there, you won´t get it anywhere!"

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Tours4Mobile Reviews

"Exciting, a whole new concept"
Around The World Travel Radio

"Even though I am a local, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning more about the history of the landmarks. The author's interest in the area comes through in his engaging style of writing. Being able to complete the tour at my own pace made it even
more enjoyable."
Flora Savitzky (Researcher)

"When the conference ended, I stayed in town on my own and used T4M's self-guided tour to decide which things in town I wanted to visit and what to see/do there. The guide was right every step of the way. Bottom line, this guide helped me make the most of my time in town."
Ed Wetschler, SATW & Editor of Tripitini