Take the Afro-Rio Walking Tour

Largo da Carioca

Brazil is the country of the future! is an old saying to which many immediately add, ...and it always will be! Brazil sees itself as a country poised on the edge of a high cliff, like a majestic eagle about to take flight. This nation's history is…

Palácio das Velas

Palácio das Velas is not only a chain store in and of itself, but an excellent example of a special kind of shop that is ubiquitous throughout Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. You really can't walk more than a couple of blocks in any neighborhood without…

The Black Church

While the original church was founded in 1640 on Castelo Hill, this construction was started in 1700 and finished in 1737. This church received the Portuguese Crown in 1808, housed the Rio de Janeiro city council from 1812-1825 and was the site of…

The Black Museum

The Black Museum is situated at the back of the 18th century building of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Saint Benedict Black Brotherhood. Chattel slavery was ended in Brazil in 1888, making it the last country to abolish this horrifying…

The Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace at Plaza XV The Imperial Palace of Rio de Janeiro was built in 1743 and was one of the main political centers of Brazil for 150 years. Over the centuries, it served as the main residence of colonial Governors, both the main…

Tempeh Restaurant

Tempeh offers a lovely variety of fresh and freshly prepared organic vegan items in a deconstructed historic colonial sobrado (two-storey house) in the "old city" region. Load up your plate as desired and pay by weight. With a fresh squeezed juice…

Candelária Church

Dating back to 1609, the story starts with all the drama of a shipwrecked couple washing ashore. Thankful that their prayers for salvation had been answered, they erected a small chapel to Our Lady of Candelária. However, it wasn't until 1775 that…

Saint Rita of Cascia Church

The Church of Saint Rita of Cascia dates back to 1721, and as such, is the oldest church in Rio de Janeiro built in the Baroque style. It is the first church dedicated to Saint Rita in Latin America. The church operated a small cemetery for the…

The Salt Stone

The African slave trade in Brazil differed from that of the US in some logistical ways. One was that the captive African labor force was set up to be disposable. Slaves were relatively cheap, by comparison, and unlike the US, were generally worked to…

The Valongo

In 1779, the Viceroy of Brazil, Marquis do Lavradio, commissioned a new port logistics project that moved the main slave trade activity away from the center of the city at Praça XV. The Valongo, which means "long valley", was an area of the city that…

Citizenship Action Cultural Center

Across the street from the Valongo Wharf memorial, you can visit this 19th century warehouse engineered by one of Rio de Janeiro's towering Afro-Brazilian heroes. This construction was the first warehouse built for the Pedro II Docks Company, an…

The Cemetery

Cemetery of the New Blacks  The Cemetery of the New Blacks was operational from 1769 until 1830 as part of the Valongo complex. The Valongo was the main slave market, but when that market was moved from outside of the Imperial Palace, all of the…

José Bonifácio Cultural Center

The José Bonifácio Cultural Center has been a hub of Afro-Brazilian culture for decades. Originally constructed by order of the Emperor Dom Pedro II as part of what was known as "the Emperor's schools", it was the first public high school in Latin…