Rio de Janeiro Day Tours, with a local

Oh, Rio. How we adore thee. If you haven’t caught the Rio de Janeiro bug yet, you need to tour Rio with Urban Adventures to discover what it is that draws travellers into this Brazilian gem time and time again. Plus, when you explore this city with a local, you’ll see it from a fresh perspective away from the tourist traps - huge bonus!

Santa Teresa Discovery tour in Rio De Janeiro

Based on 4 user ratings
Location: Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
Length: 4 hours
From USD 62.00

  • Explore the lovely Bohemian district of Santa Teresa, considered to be Rio's version of Montmartre
  • Pay a visit to the iconic and picturesque Selaron's Staircase to see the late artist's masterpiece
  • Jump on the last tram line in Rio de Janeiro
  • Ride the Rio subway and see how locals get around the city


Corcovado, Christ Statue and Favela tour in Rio De Janeiro

Based on 4 user ratings
Location: Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
Length: 4 hours
From USD 99.00

  • Experience the reality of life in the shantytowns of Rio's favelas
  • Check out the view from Christ the Redeemer, one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World
  • See the favela where Michael Jackson’s music video was filmed
  • Marvel at views of Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Michael Jackson’s lookout

Rio Total Tour

Based on 10 user ratings
Location: Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
Length: 8 hours
From USD 156.00

  • Get to know the best, most famous spots in the city on a full on, full day Rio tour
  • Discover the unique and lovely Bohemian district of Santa Teresa
  • Experience the reality of life in the favela shantytowns
  • Check out the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World
  • See where Michael Jackson’s Rio music video was filmed
  • Treat yourself to some of most amazing views Rio has to offer, including Guanabara Bay and Botafago

Colorful Santa Marta Favela Houses

Based on 2 user ratings
Location: Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
Length: 2 hours to 2.5 hours
From USD 45.00

  • Discover one of Rio's favelas, Santa Marta, and meet locals from the community
  • See the first peacemaking unit (UPP) of the Rio 2016 safety program
  • Understand the favela’s history and current improvements
  • See where one of Michael Jackson’s music video was filmed
  • Marvel at views of Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Michael Jackson’s lookout

Meet the Samba Dancers
Location: Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
Length: 6 Hours

  • Enjoy a VIP viewing of an official Samba rehearsal at the Salgueiro Samba School
  • Discover the history and cultural significance of Samba in Rio at the local Samba school
  • Sip an iconic Caipirinha as you're welcomed into the world of Samba
  • Take part in a Samba percussion workshop, where you'll learn to play the main Samba instrument
  • Learn the basic Samba steps in a dance class that'll make you feel more Brazilian with every beat


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Ms. Marie N.
27 Mar 2014
Our guide Luiz and the day we spend with Urban Adventures was one of the best experiense in Rio de Janeiro.
Mr. howard p.

12 Feb 2014
Alex did a super job! My trip adviser name is "george from Atlanta"; my good report has been published.
Mr. David C.
07 Jan 2014
Great day tour, well worthwhile to help understand the history and RIO's Favelas and to understand what is being done to improve the living conditions. This is a must-do for anyone visiting Rio.
Ms. barbara a.
19 Dec 2013
Good range of activities and sights in Rio. Tour to favela a little too long.
Mrs. cathrina h.
22 Oct 2013
Luis was an amazing guide. Super knowledgeable, personable, and well prepared. he definitely went above and beyond what was expected especially for the price. I will suggest your tour group whenever i have the chance. Thanks for the great experience, Cathrina and Sonya.
Ms. Sarah I.
United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013
Had a wonderful day with Luiz Malcher and learnt and saw so much. I would thoroughly recommend the trip to anyone visiting Rio.
Mr. Rolando M.
17 Sep 2013
Our tour guide, Luiz, was outstanding in helping us to better understand the culture and essence of Favelas. His knowledge was sound and he was astute to our questions. I would definitely recommend the tour and guide.
Ms. Tara P.
25 Mar 2013
Luiz was a fantastic tourguide and showed me all the interesting bits of Rio. I was lucky enough to have him to myself for the entire tour, and so we had a great time together. It was a very informative experience, he was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a local guide that feels more like a friend than anything. We also had the best feijoada for lunch! My experience on this occasion was so positive, that I am now about to book an UrbanAdvetures tour in Foz Do Iguacu!
Mr. Steve S.
15 Feb 2013
Overall an amazing tour, excellent tour guide (Luiz) and a great experience we will remember for a long time :-) Urban Adventures were really accommodating to change our day because we missed the pick up time. We were surprised to find that it was only us + our tour guide Luiz. The tour of the favela was excellent and we felt very safe with our knowledgeable guide. The second part of our tour to the Christ statue was marred by a single cloud in the whole of Rio that happened be right at the top where the statue was - even Luiz couldn't fix that !
Mr. Randall G.
31 Dec 2012
Luiz is an outstanding tour guide.

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