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Dig Deeper Into the Culture of Rio de Janeiro With These Guided Tours

Get a look into the unique culture of Rio
Get a look into the unique culture of Rio | © Wendy Roderick / Alamy Stock Photo
The beaches in Rio de Janeiro are beautiful, but these tours will help you dig deeper into the culture that makes the Brazilian city so unique.

A trip to Rio de Janeiro isn’t complete without a visit to the colossal Christ the Redeemer statue. But once you’ve done that, what’s next? While you could head over to the beach (the Brazilian city is known for its beautiful skies, warm temperature, white sand and clear waters), these tours will offer a deeper dive into the unique culture of Rio. They will widen your knowledge about the city’s Jewish heritage, visit the 16th-century São Bento Monastery and delve into the story of samba, the national dance and music that has become a cultural identity.

ToursBest of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps
From $62 per person
4 hours
5 (120)
Visit one of Rio de Janiero's oldest neighborhoods on this Santa Teresa discovery tour! Explore cobblestone streets and admire the neighborhoods’ unique architectural styles while taking in stunning views of the city. Visit the Chácara do Céu Museum and Ruins Park before stopping by the famous Selarón Staircase.
ToursRio Walking & Historical Tour
From $41 per person
3 hours
5 (3)
The best way to really know the city you’re visiting and feel like an actual local is by taking public transportation and walking through the streets to explore. The walking tour is a small group tour with a “Carioca” guide, and you will be able to see and learn about the cultural and historical part of the city and visit Downtown’s main attractions.
ToursSamba Soul Tour
From $81 per person
4 to 5 hours
5 (1)
Let’s walk through the history of Samba, following the steps of this rhythm symbol of Rio cultural identity, icon of local African heritage and Afro-Brazilian resistance. Visiting the main cultural spots in Cinelandia and the Mauá Square, we talk about how the Portuguese culture developed Carnival as a political party and Samba as an Afro-Brazilian identity. Walk with us through the Portuary Zone to see the biggest open-air street art gallery and learn about cultural resistance at Pedra do Sal, icon of Africanity in Rio. Let yourself vibrate with Carnival magic, doing some steps and taking pictures with the colorful costumes at City of Samba, headquarters of the Samba Schools. The main idea is that you enjoy the stories that made Samba the soul of our lovely city. We want you to feel safe, confident and relaxed while we are going through the downtown area of the marvelous city.
ToursJewish Tour in Rio de Janeiro
From $76 per person
3 hours
4.5 (8)
The Jewish history in Brazil dates back to the time of the voyages of Columbus. Gaspar da Gama, a Jew by birth, accompanied Portuguese admiral Pedro Alvares Cabral when he landed in what is now Brazil in 1500, beginning a more-than-500-year presence in the New World. Enjoy a group tour to see the Jewish influence in Rio de Janeiro and learn about the Jewish presence in the city, besides visiting the main Jewish landmarks. Your tour includes hotel or pier pickup and drop-off.
ToursSpecial Tour in Rio: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa and Ipanema's Hippie Fair
From $78 per person
4 hours
5 (2)
Staying more days in Rio? Have you already decided what to do next Sunday? Here is an excellent choice: Visit some "out of the scene" sites: São Bento Monastery with its beautiful church, Santa Teresa neighborhood with old houses and cobblestone streets and the Hippie market with thousands of items for all tastes.
ToursRio Samba Experience: Samba Class and Samba Night Tour
From $77 per person
4 hours
4 (2)
This Samba Tour may be done by yourself, with a partner, or with a group of friends, also you don`t need to have dance experience. Meet your instructor at 7.30pm or 8pm for a Samba Class in our Studio (we will send you an address). Afterward, we will go by private transfer with your Tour Guide to a local Samba club with a live band. A great option to explore the nightlife in Rio, show your dance moves or just watch the locals. Easy, safe and fun.