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  • Address: Avenida Rio Branco, 219 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20040-009, Brazil
  • Hours: Weekdays - Monday to Friday - 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays, Sundays and holidays - 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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National Library Tours

Holding over 9 million volumes within its stacks and archives, Brazil’s extensive National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) is the largest library in Latin America and remains one of the first institutions established during Rio’s reign as imperial capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves. Founded in 1810 and relocated to its current handsome Greek Revival-style setting in 1910, the library has maintained an archive of the country’s most important publications, periodicals, photographs, films, and music through the present—its collection of Brazilian popular music is unmatched, with over 200,000 pieces, from samba to sertanejo (a genre from the dry backlands of the northeast akin to American country music).

The library is open for public use and wows visitors with its elegant red-carpeted staircase and eclectic interior flourishes. One of the most valuable holdings inside is the late-19th century photography collection of Empress Theresa Christina Maria, Naples-born wife of Brazil’s second emperor, Pedro II, which was recognized by UNESCO for its historical significance and given to the library after her death by Pedro on the condition that the collection would be named for her. Despite moving the national capital to Brasília in 1960, a branch of the National Library didn’t open there until 2006.

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Full day city tour with Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf & Barbecue lunch, Rio de Janeiro, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full day city tour with Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf & Barbecue lunch

3 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

There’s so much more to Rio de Janeiro than Carnival and Copacabana. On this 4-hour guided tour, visit some of Rio’s most beautiful historical buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.10
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 572 Reviews

Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00
Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 193 Reviews

Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous icons. You'll take a breathtaking ride in a cable car to the top of the Sugar ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00
Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Customized Private Guided Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Customized Private Guided Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the best of Rio de Janeiro your way on this tailor-made, private guided tour for up to 14 people. A certified multilingual guide and driver reveals ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $340.00
Rio de Janeiro Essential Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Custom Private Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rio de Janeiro Essential Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a thorough city tour of Rio de Janeiro. Ascend to the Christ the Redeemer statue early in the morning and be one of the first to see it. Walk down the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.99
Discover South America 16-Day Tour: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Discover South America 16-Day Tour: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Discover the best of South America Live and experience the jewels of Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay on this enthralling 16-day tour which will take you to the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 16 days (approx.)

From USD $5,665.00
16-Day Best of South America Tour: Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

16-Day Best of South America Tour: Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Rio de Janeiro

Realise your dreams and enjoy the best of South America on this enthralling 16-day tour which will take you to the main sights in Argentina and Brazil ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 16 days (approx.)

From USD $5,500.00
Private Tour: Santa Teresa and Historic Center with Photo Service, Rio de Janeiro, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Santa Teresa and Historic Center with Photo Service

Explore the historic center of Rio de Janeiro and the vibrant neighborhood of Santa Teresa on this private 6-hour tour. Accompanied by a professional ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Private Rio de Janeiro Customized Photography Tour by SUV Car, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Rio de Janeiro Customized Photography Tour by SUV Car

Take this opportunity to come to Rio de Janeiro and customize your own private photography tour, enjoy the ride in an SUV car as you tour from one of the many ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00
Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Photography Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a tour in Rio de Janeiro's most iconic attractions and visit Corcovado and Sugar Loaf on the same day and the best time for you. We will take your also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00

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