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.
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.
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.
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.