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Rios de Historia Tour Historico

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Address: Avenida Rio Branco 135 Sala 611 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-912, Brazil
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+55 21 99715-8502
08:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00

The Rios de Historia seeks to provide tours with a different dynamic. Our...

The Rios de Historia seeks to provide tours with a different dynamic. Our passion is Rio de Janeiro and we present its history in a fun and informal way.

Our downtown tour is a delightful trip to the past where every corner is surprising and we run into buildings and streets with French and Portuguese architectural influences. Capital of the Colony, of the Brazilian Empire and of the Republic, Rio de Janeiro staged several remarkable facts from the Brazilian history.

Come with us and find out another side of the Wonderful City.

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I took a tour with Raul. He's a native Brazilian who speaks great English! He knew everything there was to know. I was already a bit schooled on Brazilian history so I had some... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Kevin L
Cozumel, Mexico
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Cozumel, Mexico
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

I took a tour with Raul. He's a native Brazilian who speaks great English! He knew everything there was to know. I was already a bit schooled on Brazilian history so I had some off topic questions and he was right there with every answer I was looking for! I even asked, day-of, to see a specific attraction. He said... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Our diverse group of visitors to Rio de Janeiro could not have had a better experience for a full day into the evening tour of the magnificent city of Rio. Raul and his driver catered the itinerary to what was important for us to see and do. Raul's English was excellent and his narrative enthusiastic and informative and proud! His... More 

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I took a tour of Rio with my fiancé and family that Raul guided. All of the logistics went smoothly and we saw so much of the city during the day while having plenty of time to enjoy the sights. The trip to Cristo Redentor was great and Raul answered all of our questions while giving some helpful photo tips.... More 

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Ocean Pines, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Through our hotel we arranged to meet Raul Melo in downtown Rio. As a former history teacher he provided a great historical perspective on the development of Rio and modern day history pointing out important locations on our walk. This is a private tour but he covered all the locations I have seen mentioned on other tours plus he gives... More 

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Reviewed 23 April 2016

Originally we booked for 2 days, and asked Raul for a third day because it was great. Raul knows the city, and he adapted very well to our family. We had 2 kids (11 and 6), so the pace and activities had to be flexible which Raul managed extremely well. Tell him what you want to do and what you... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2016

We had a great day in Rio de Janeiro. Extremely nice, knowledgable tour guide. We visited the Christ statue, had lunch in Santa Teresa, and visited the Monastery of Saint Benedict - beautiful! We also had a very nice tour through the city. Very informative, our guide answered every question. Great experience!

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Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

My fiancé and I were fortunate to have Raul for our 5 hour tour of Santa Marta favela and the downtown centre of Rio. He picked us up from our apartment and gave an amazing tour, able to answer any questions about Brazil's rich history and current culture. It is well worth the cost! He refers to the tour as... More 

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Reviewed 22 December 2015

out tour guide, Heraclito (kiko) was superb. He is one of the best, if you visit Rio be sure to ask for him!

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Reviewed 26 November 2015

We wanted to pack in a lot of sights in one day and our vivacious tour guide Marcia Todeschini did just that. She asked what we wanted to see and then with our driver Marcello between them they navigated us around Rio, through the traffic and up to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. From there our day unfolded... More 

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Ouro Preto, MG
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

The historic center tour is a really great activity to do when you first get to Rio, in order to acquaint yourself with Brazil's history and the origins of the city. Raul is a former history teacher and he brings his knowledge to the tour, which takes you to Rio's most important landmarks from the time of French and Portuguese... More 

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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