Cultural Tour – Discover the Old and the Modern

Guided tour in Rio de Janeiro

Cultural Tour – Discover the Old and Modern Rio

  • Olympic Boulevard – Mauá Square – Historic Downtown - Candelária Church – CCBB (Museum) – Colombo Coffee Shop – Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) ride
  • Christ the Redeemer OR Sugar Loaf (optional upgrade to 8-hour tour)
  The tour includes:
  • Licensed guide speaking English, German, Italian and Portuguese
  • Transportation in a private car and public LRV (Light Rail Vehicle)
  • Pick-up and drop-off in your Hotel in Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Downtown and Barra da Tijuca neighborhoods
  • Pick-up time according to guests wishes
  • 6-hour tour – When visiting only the Dowtown Area
  • Optional: 8-hour tour – When visiting Christ the Redeemer OR Sugar Loaf
  Does not include:
  • Tickets to the tourist sites and transport (Tram, Taxi etc), when applicable
  • Meals and Beverages
  Additional info:
  • No At the Sugar Loaf site, children, students, and seniors will receive a discount if bearing a valid Passport (original or copy) or an ID with photo.

Come with me in this tour in the renewed Mauá Square in Rio de Janeiro's Downtown area. You will love to stroll through the city center streets appreciating new and old buildings and at the same time have a glimpse of the history and culture of Brazil!


After the pick-up at your Hotel, our first stop will be at the Olympic Boulevard, a totally renewed area, inaugurated just before the Olympic Games of 2016. You will see the impressive work of the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, a 3,000 square meter (32,292 sqft) mural that represents the integrated spirit of the Olympic Games. You will be surprised to see the so-called “Mural das Etnias” (The Ethnicities’ Mural), with its logo: “We all are one”, a true message of peace and unity.


We will then walk along the Olympic Boulevard til Mauá Square, one of the newest and most important tourist attractions in the City center. We will see old and modern architecture in one single place, such as the Navy Yard built in 1763, the Art Museum of Rio (MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio), the Museum of Tomorrow, the first skyscraper in Latin America built in 1930.


We will carry on by walking along the “Orla Conde” until the Candelária Square, where we will explore the monuments and buildings. We will visit the Candelária Church, the Olympic Pyra, a monument left from the Olympic Games, the neo-classic architecture of the first Brazilian Bank (CCBB), nowadays a museum, famous for its intense cultural options and edgy exhibitions.


Lunch will be at Confeitaria Colombo, traditional Portuguese Coffee Shop, built in 1894 in Art-Nouveau style. The walking tour goes on visiting the Cinelândia Square, a place that started to be renewed on the early XXth century. You will notice the French architectural influence in most of the buildings that surround the Square, such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Municipal Theater – the city’s Opera House, the National Library, the Pedro Ernesto Palace (City Hall), the Cultural Center of the Federal Court.


From here, we will hop onto the new LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) and have a ride back to the car. Next, you will be dropped off at your Hotel.

Useful Information:

  • Use comfortable shoes for walking on uneven sidewalks
  • Carry a copy of ID OR Passport
  • Use Sunscreen even with cloudy weather
  • Use Repellent
  • Use Sunglasses, Hat or Cap
  • Drink a lot of water or coconut water
  • Carry with you only small amount of money
  • Do not wear fancy watches or jewels
  • Professional Photo cameras keep them in a bag when not in use
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