Rio de Janeiro was once ago the capital of Brasil and then, the most important city from all the portuguese kingdon. From those times, Rio still keeps a lot of history and beautiful preserved old buildings from the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. Churches, palacies, convents and monasteries that help to understand the development of the brazilian nation. This historic tour combines walking and riding the subway. Starts leaving your hotel walking to the nearest subway station inbound to Cinelandia square, most popular place in Rio where the beautiful classic Municipal Theater (1909) is located togheter with the National Library (1910), Pedro Ernesto palacy – city Chamber (1923) and the Museum of Fine Arts (1908). The famous and picturesque portuguese blocks used on the path pavement are also a trade mark from Cinelandia… Tour continues by Rio Branco avenue, opened in 1908, used to be the “wall street” of Rio, where most of the financial companies where located untill 2002, when the stock market moved to São Paulo. We will then arrive at XV November square, the place where the city began its development and home of importante historic buildings from the time Brazil was still a monarchy, like “Paço Imperial” – first royal palace and the place where princess Izabel declared slavery extinct in Brazil, on May the 13th, 1888; the magnificent colonial style Nossa Senhora do Carmo churc (XVIII), that used to be the metropolitan cathedral and keeps the mortal lefts of Pedro Alvares Cabral, the portuguese sailor comerciant that “discover” Brazil back in 1500; Tiradentes palacy – State Chamber (1926); São José church (XIX), Nossa Senhora do Carmo convent (XVI) and the market street, where we will walk to the so famous Candelária church (XIX). Keep walking (always!) to the 1894 classic Colombo Bakery for a authentic brazilian coffee break! Then, tour finishes at Santo Antonio convent (XVIII) for more importante history about Brazil, at Carioca square. Back to hotel by subway.
- Duration: up to 4 hours.
- Includes: subway tickets and private guide.
- Option: electric tram to Santa Teresa hill.