Lapa - Downtown
The city of Rio de Janeiro was the main scenario of the most important political events in Brazil, this tour in Downtown takes us back to the times when Rio was the capital of the country.
The historical center is rich in cultural attractions, architecture of many different schools, churches, public buildings and squares, brazilian history was written in this region. The tour begins at Cinelândia, in a square where we have several attractions such as the Municipal Theater, National Museum of Fine Arts, National Library, Pedro Ernesto´s Palace (House of Eldermen), among others. We will keep riding in main downtown avenues such as Beira Mar and Primeiro de Março, on the way we will pass by the Palace of Justice, The Imperial Patio, XV Square, Tiradente´s Palace (House of Deputies) and many churches built in the 18th century. We will stop for pictures and explanations along the way. We will reach Candelária Church, right on the meeting of Rio de Janeiro´s main avenues (Rio Branco and Presidente Vargas), the financial center of the city. The tour goes on, and on the way we will pass by Tiradentes Square, The Presbyterian Cathedral (the only church built in gothic style) and Rua Carioca (with it´s characteristic colonial houses).
After that we reach Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Cathedral. We are now closeby Lapa, traditional bohemian corner of Rio, illustrated by it´s famous archeduct, and will be visiting the amazing Selarón Stairways, a declaration of love to Rio built by a Chilean artist. We will return, passing by the Passeio Publico (first leisure area built in Rio), to Cinelandia, the starting and ending point of our tour.
Duration of tour3 hours
Starting at 09:00 h