Authentic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Walk from local beaches to traditional neighborhoods

Meet Rio!

You’ll see all the city’s main attractions, get a bird’s-eye view of the city, swim in a sacred waterfall and walk through the Atlantic Forest. We will tell you about the history of Rio, the mentality of the locals and help you feel the character of this incredible place!

What awaits you

The legendary statue of Christ and the artists’ quarter We’ll go to the statue of Christ the Redeemer by car early in the morning so you can feel the energy of the place and take pictures without the crowds of tourists. Along the way we will show you the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood and tell you about its aristocratic past and creative present. If you wish, we will make a quick stop and buy aromatic mandioca starch buns at a small eatery known for Rio’s most delicious cheese bread. Then the road will take us uphill – through the picturesque Tijuca forest we will finally reach the main attraction of the city – the statue of Jesus, where you will have a great view.

A walk through the woods and a refreshing waterfall On the way back we will walk through the trails of the second largest forest in the city in the world. You will breathe in its wonderful smells and, if you are lucky, see some of its inhabitants: toucans, marmosets, capuchin monkeys, white herons or maracana parrots. The forest trail will lead to another iconic site, the ancient sacred Spirit Falls. You’ll take a dip in its cool waters and energize yourself for the rest of the day!

Organizational details

  • Tickets are charged at a supplement of R$39 to R$56 per person, depending on the day of the week and season
  • Bring sunscreen and swimwear
  • A visit to the Tijuca forest and Spirit waterfall can be replaced with the Botanic Garden or a walk through the historic center if you prefer.
  • The tour will be led by me or one of our guides

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  • Our guide will give personal guided tour in Russian for you and your company.
  • You pay 20% of the price on the site, and the rest of the money to the guide on the spot. You can ask the guide any questions before you pay.
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A city is just like a person: if you love it, you love it completely, with all the cracks and imperfections. Rio and I are long-time friends who know each other from many different angles. Our acquaintance began in the favelas, not far from the bustling Copacabana tourist area, continued in the art district of Santa Teresa and grew into a strong friendship on the streets in Little Africa. We will be glad to introduce you to the city and tell you its secrets. If you do not like the trampled tourist routes, if you want to see the most beautiful natural beauties and places hidden in the depths of Rio – you just come to us! If you don’t know where to start, if you need advice – write to us, we’ll try to help.

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41 travelers’ reviews

Thank you very much for the unforgettable experience ❤️

We really enjoyed the tour. Anya got us up to speed right away on our first day in the country ;) She helped us a lot before we arrived in the country, explained and told us everything. We are still in the country and she is still in touch with us orienting us where to go and what to do. She helped us book other excursions and made restaurant reservations for us. We will recommend her to all of our friends and you ☺️

We had a very interesting and informative tour in Rio, Timur from Anna and Slava’s team. Timur was a wonderful narrator, who gave us a complete picture of the city and its inhabitants. We liked the “flexibility” and comfort in communication of the guide – when he knew that we had visited a part of the program on our own, he immediately offered other options for the part of the itinerary. And no nadzidatelstvennosti and arcane! We had a lively conversation with a very erudite and have been to many places, knows and loves Rio, from which we learned a lot of new and useful, walked us through the city streets of the local and answered all questions. We were absolutely delighted. Bravo, Timur.

It was too late to write a review, but I can definitely say that this was by far the best tour I have ever been on. First of all, I asked a lot of questions before the trip and received information, advice or recommendations on everything. Secondly, very comfortably organized, everything depending on the request and wishes. And finally, the most wonderful thing in this tour – is the guide Timur! Just a huge thank you for your time and story! Ooooo very interesting. Timur is very versatile person, so he answered absolutely all the questions, even not directly related to the topic of the tour) Information relevant, accessible and useful. I highly recommend the tour and once again say thank you very much!

Everything is great, the itinerary, the tour and the driver are great. Transport for the tour can be better, the car is very small.

Dmitry, thank you for the review! We had no idea that our Chevrolet Spin, which seats 5 people comfortably, could be small for one couple :) Have a nice trip!

Anna changed our view of the city. She told us the story, showed us the patterns, helped us understand the nature of Brazilians. The tour is very comfortable – we traveled by car with an experienced driver. It is impossible to do it any other way in Rio. Anna fully customized what we wanted to see. We wanted to go to the jungle – we were taken to the jungle, we wanted a beautiful art Rio – we walked around Santa Teresa and showed delicious places. Plus, of course, all the major tourist spots in Rio. A perfect experience that made us fall in love with Rio. Will recommend to colleagues and friends. Anna and Flavio, thank you for this experience!

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Anya spent the whole day with us, we visited the favelas and the old city of Rio. Thanks to the tour we were able to learn a lot of interesting things about the history of Brazil, to see the beauty of the city. I recommend taking a tour guide by all means, without this it is impossible to understand and immerse yourself in the history of the country.

Anna helped us to get acquainted with Rio very closely, answered many questions and comments, gave a thousand tips about places, cafes, unusual locations. It is immediately noticeable that, conducting a tour, she gets a sincere pleasure from the process. It was as if my wife and I were visiting a friend who shows us the city and wants to share all the most interesting and unusual. Thank you very much!

In February 2020 we took a tour of Rio with Slava. We were totally delighted. Slava is a great storyteller. After the excursion with him you look at Rio with completely different eyes. During one excursion we learned so many details and peculiarities of the city that would be enough for three excursions. If you are flying to Rio, I highly recommend taking at least one excursion in the city with Slava. You will NOT regret it. Because Rio is a very contrasting city. And it’s big. We got to know the city, learned all the most interesting places that must be visited, and most importantly the “living” history of these places. After the excursion with Slava you will fall in love with Rio, you will see it with the eyes of local people, you will start to feel this strange city. And you will not stay indifferent to the most unusual guide, who lived in the favelas, personally knew many legendary people and writes just unreal articles about this city. Your idea of Rio will change for sure! I recommend 200% of the tour with Slava. It was our best investment in Rio. And if you have any doubts about it, read through Slava’s articles and publications, and you will buy a ticket to Rio the very next day. Slava, we thank you and my husband from the bottom of our hearts for this unearthly immersion into a microcosm of Rio, which you show with such interest and love even through one excursion. And waiting for the publication of the book :)))

February 25, 2020 were on a tour with Anna . Thank you so much for the interesting tour. Anna is a wonderful professional! And just a wonderful person. Always ready to help! Highly recommended!

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I liked this tour with Anna first of all because of her attitude towards the city. You could feel that she loved Rio and she tried to make us like her.

Favelas with Anna – it was safe, exciting and wildly interesting! I was so impressed that I want to go there again!)))

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Thank you Anna and Slavia for such a great immersion into the life of the favelas. It was very informative. I highly recommend it to everyone! It’s safe :)

Huge thanks to Anna for the tour! The weather was trying to ruin the impression of Rio, and Anna gave it back its colorfulness and flavor. She pointed out the details, which are known only to locals, and explained why things here are so strange for a European. Thank you!

I want to say thank you very much for such a fascinating tour! The itinerary was very interesting, the guide was very attentive and told me every detail! It was obvious that man loves his job! Thank you very much, I am very happy!)

Cachaça, beaches and asai: guide to Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a city you fall in love with consciously: you accept both the positive and the frankly negative aspects. The city in general tends to respond in the same way – to those who fall in love with it, as well as to its detractors. So it’s better to fall in love.

Especially since nowhere in the world is there such a symbiosis between urbanism and nature as in this Brazilian city.


The monetary unit of Brazil is the real (R$). As of mid-2016, 1 real ≈ 20.5 rubles. The airport and banks have the most unfavorable exchange rates. Change there only a small amount for the first time (or a cab ride). Upon reaching the city you may exchange your money at exchange offices. They are marked with the sign “Câmbio”.

Tip: Take small amounts of money with you, not all places will be easy with change. Be careful: Hotel and cafe staff may give you the wrong change or bill simply because some people are really bad at counting or don’t know how. Don’t expect good service in Rio: it’s a former colonial country, and Brazilians love it when they work for them.

Safety in Rio de Janeiro

Don’t forget that fear is a major brake on life, so study the crime bulletins of travelers to Brazil less. We’ll give you some tips, though.

In Rio theft and robbery are present in all areas without exception. But most often it happens in tourist and crowded areas.

Try to avoid packs of half-naked children and teenagers. We are used to sympathizing with children, but here they skillfully use it. As a rule, they attack as a group of five to ten people.

Do not take the original documents on the street unnecessarily, make copies. Do not leave personal belongings on the city beach unattended – they will take away even your flip-flops.

There is a diversion scheme – be vigilant if you are asked to look after things. Such thieves can operate in pairs.

City beaches are deserted at night. A classic place and time for robbery.

Don’t be naive, you have come to a country with huge social stratification.

Communications and Internet in Rio de Janeiro

To navigate your way around, of course, you’ll need the Internet. Free wifi is only available at Starbucks (forget McDonald’s). Internet and cellular phones are expensive, so don’t believe the signs of places that promise free wi-fi. If such places even have a network, the Internet is likely to work poorly. Also in Rio, due to the natural landscape and surrounding mountains, data speeds are very slow. Buy a local SIM card (Chip) is available from the operator TIM, coverage is not the best, but it has special rates for foreign tourists (about 30 reais). Other operators will require a Brazilian registration number, which the traveler, of course, does not.

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Transport in Rio de Janeiro

Google Maps buses do a pretty good job of building bus routes, and their network is really huge. Rio’s peculiarity is that drivers here don’t drive, they pilot. Get ready for a roller coaster ride. To be on the safe side don’t sit in an empty seat by the window – it’s a good place for burglars (they can snatch your phone out of the window or even threaten to do so).

Cabs Always pay attention to the running meter. On weekends and holidays, as well as after 20:00 cab drivers work on a different tariff, increasing the fare by 30%. With the advent of Uber, trips became twice cheaper, and drivers come even to hard-to-reach areas, unlike cab drivers.

Metro As of mid-2016, many stations are still under construction, but to get around the South Zone (Zona Sul), you’ll be fine with the ones that are already open. The subway is comfortable, light and safe. The only thing is that the cars are very cold because of the air conditioning. Check the Rio Metro website for information. A single trip will cost 4.1 reals, and there is an analogue of the Moscow “Troika” card. Bicycle parking inside the stations is free, and if you want to take your bike or surf with you, you should take the last subway car.

We recommend renting a bicycle (and a lock) right away. It’s safe, economical, and the ultimate Carioca (indigenous people of Rio de Janeiro) way of life – you become one of the locals by bicycle. Rio is covered with bicycle lanes, and on Sundays, the municipality closes off the city promenade as well as the road along Flamengo Park, where you’ll find masses of citizens riding all types of wheeled vehicles. You can rent a bike in Copacabana by following this link.

If you’re here for the long term, it’s better to buy a bike and sell it when you leave. Facebook group to post ads for buying and selling.

The main areas of Rio de Janeiro

The city itself is divided into zones that are strikingly different from each other.

Zona Sul (Southern zone).

Refers to a very comfortable zone. It includes areas such as Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo, Kate. Lagoa, Leblon and Urca are considered luxurious.

Of course, this zone does not cover the whole of Rio, but it is here that the catalyst of the real carioca culture is located. The rich cross paths with the poor more than anywhere else, the biggest and most beloved soccer clubs are concentrated here, the city’s famous beaches are located here, and the main Christmas tree (Lagoa) is installed here every year. The trendiest favela, Vidigal, is also located in the South Zone. If you do not settle in the beachfront area, there is always the option to reach the ocean not by public transport, but by bicycle, rollerblades or skateboard. Against the backdrop of other areas, the South Zone reads safe. The Urca area, for example, being shaped like a peninsula, has only one entrance/exit, and houses here were allocated to military and police families – it is one of the safest corners of the city.

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Zona Central (Central Zone).

This geographic area of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro is the historical, commercial and financial center of the city. During the daytime the area looks busy, but when work ends, after seven or eight p.m., it’s deserted (don’t travel alone). If you are interested not only in the beaches, but also in the history and culture of the country you are visiting, be sure to walk around the center. The center includes the Lapa neighborhood with its famous Arcos Da Lapa and the Escadaria Selarón staircase as well as the Santa Teresa neighborhood (also called the Montmartre of Brazil) with its spectacular panoramic view of Rio. There are also stores with handicrafts, as well as expensive and not-so-expensive restaurants. The abundance of architectural variations: you can find not only colonial buildings, but also find traces of European architecture and even the Russian post-constructivism.

Zona Norte

This is the area where poor communities (favelas) are concentrated. Avoid shouting the word “favela” in public; locals refer to them as comunidade (comunidagi) slums. Some areas of the north, such as Jardín-Guanabara, Maracana, Grajão, Tijuca, Meijera, and Alto da Boa Vista, also harbor middle- and upper-class residences.

An important feature of the north is the presence of huge shopping malls. The largest mall in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Norte Shopping, is located in the neighborhood of Caxambi.

When it comes to tourism and entertainment, besides the two main stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Stadium (Estádio Olímpico João Havelange) and the famous Maracanã Stadium, another important place is Quinta da Boa Vista in São Cristovão, home to the Rio de Janeiro Zoo and the Imperial Museum. Don’t waste your time at the zoo, it’s very sad, but the park is worth a stroll. Here you will find large open areas for relaxing and stunning scenery.

In addition, San Cristovan is the center of traditions of northeastern Brazil and is named after the greatest figure of Brazilian folk music of the 20th century, Luiz Gonzaga. Everything there is folk – music and dance, food and tapioca on draft, hammocks and straw hats of the widest “fishing” fields. This is the place to pick up souvenirs for friends and relatives. In addition, on weekends they are open 24 hours a day for a token fee of R$7 at the entrance.

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