Half day "Secrets of old Rio" visit (4 hours)
Rio de Janeiro was Brazil’s capital for almost two centuries, until 1960. Nowadays, while strolling the streets downtown, it is possible to admire many architectural influences from different periods where historical and modern constructions tell together Rio’s history.
This walking tour visits important sites for the history of Rio. It starts at the Cinelândia square with many sites such as the National Library, the Parliament, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Municipal Theatre (construction inspired by the French L’Ópera), followed by the XV square with the Imperial Palace (formerly house of governors and the Brazilian Imperial family), Tiradentes Palace and churches. Continuing the visit, guests pass by two important cultural centers, the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the France-Brazil House, and then arriving at the neoclassic Candelária church. The construction of the church started at 1609 and ended more than two centuries after, at 1811. By the end of the visit, in the charming and narrow downtown streets, a stop at the traditional Colombo Café for refreshments, before returning to the hotel.