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Visit the Historical and Cultural Downtown

Centro, Brazil

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Experience hosted by Péricles

3 hours
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Portuguese

What you'll do

Visit the main sights of downtown Rio de Janeiro learning more about the city's history, local culture and social issues. Your guide, in addition to specialized knowledge, has lived in the city since birth and follows recent processes of urban transformation caused by major events and changes in government.
The tour will have a local perspective of the current controversies in the main tourist capital of Brazil. After all, is Rio the wonderful city as it's known? From the aesthetic point of view, there is no doubt. But what can we say about the functioning of social relations, what are their impacts on the urban organization of the Center?
We will leave the Arches of Lapa towards the Selarón Staircase. After, head to Cinelandia where you can see the Municipal Theater. We will pass by Largo da Carioca and walk along Rio Branco Avenue. In Praça XV, we will visit the CCBB and then the Candelaria Church. Through the Olympic Boulevard, we will arrive at Praça Mauá to see the Pedra do Sal and finish at Valongo Pier.
During the walking, we will come across diferent buildings, squares and sculptures that are true icons of Rio's architecture, but also with bars, irregular occupations, street arts and corners that keep in a story untold by books. So, each tour is a unique experience in which the city constantly changes.
Other things to note
Although the ride is completely flat terrain, it is important that the person is well prepared, as walking can be tiring on hot days. Besides, depending on the day of the reservation, some buildings can only be seen from the outside due to the possibility of being closed.
Visit the main sights of downtown Rio de Janeiro learning more about the city's history, local culture and social issues. Your guide, in addition to specialized knowledge, has lived in the city since birth and follows recent processes of urban transformation caused by major events and changes in government.
The tour will have a local perspective of the current controversies in the main tourist capital of Brazil. After all, is Rio the wonderf…

Péricles's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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From £12
/ person
Wed, 20 Jan
14:00 - 17:00
£15 per person
£15 per person
Thu, 21 Jan
09:00 - 12:00
£15 per person
£15 per person
Thu, 21 Jan
14:00 - 17:00
£15 per person
£15 per person

Meet your host, Péricles

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 35 Reviews
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Hey, guys!

My name is Péricles, I was born and raised in the downtown of Rio de Janeiro, in Praça Mauá, and currently live in Lapa. I have a degree in History (UFRRJ), another one in Music (UFRJ) and a postgraduate degree in Arts (IFRJ) from nationally renowned federal institutions. In addition, I am very interested in the popular culture of Brazil and I like talking about the different realities of my city from a sociocultural perspective. I love sharing my local knowledge with people from other places who bring their respective life experiences with them. I believe those meetings are a great opportunity to meet new people and always promote very enriching situations for everyone.

Oh! I am a lover of coffee, food of any kind, travel and of course that cold beer like all good carioca. lol
Hey, guys!

My name is Péricles, I was born and raised in the downtown of Rio de Janeiro, in Praça Mauá, and currently live in Lapa. I have a degree in History (UFRRJ), another one in Music (UFRJ) and a postgraduate degree in Arts (IFRJ) from nationally renowned federal institutions. In addition, I am very interested in the popular culture of Brazil and I like talking about the different realities of my city from a sociocultural perspective. I love sharing my local knowledge with peopl…
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Where you'll be

Lapa Arches; Selarón Staircase; Cinelandia; Municipal Theater; Largo da Carioca; Rio Branco Avenue; Praça XV; CCBB; Candelaria Church; Olympic Boulevard; Praça Mauá; Pedra do Sal; Valongo Pier.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Martin
January 2021
Excellent tour! You will learn so much about Rio and its development! Pericles has a great talent in linking things so you can remember them and he is a great storyteller and very precise in details! I really enjoyed the three hours!
Anna
December 2020
We spent several hours in great company and learned a lot about the city! it felt like a friend was showing us the Rio ☺️
Patrícia
December 2020
Vale muito a pena mesmo até pra quem é do Rio ... Incrível como Péricles sabe com exatidão toda história o que perguntar ele responde até coisas fora do roteiro ... Fora que é um ser humano cheio de luz carismático ... Super indico mesmo superou muito minhas expectativas ...
Vale muito a pena mesmo até pra quem é do Rio ... Incrível como Péricles sabe com exatidão toda história o que perguntar ele responde até coisas fora do roteiro ... Fora que é um s…
Mariana
December 2020
o passeio foi ótimo, com explicações ricas, sem monotonia. pude conhecer o centro histórico pelo olhar de um historiador carioca apaixonado pela região. bom demais!
Ron
December 2020
Péricles was a great guide. Got so much insight into the history and culture of the city. Also got to see some amazing sights and learn some of the best places to go. Highly recommend this to be your first tour here in Rio. So worth it!
Samuel
November 2020
Pericles war ein ausgezeichneter Kenner der Geschichte und Begebenheiten Rios von der Vergangenheit bis zur Gegenwart. Die Besichtigungstour führte an viele Interessen Orte und war spannend vom Anfang bis zum Ende. Sehr empfehlenswert!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

hat or cap

light and comfortable clothes and shoes