Gamboa, the city’s port area, is full of secrets, hidden history and forgotten stories that, once uncovered, can shed light on a fascinating part of Rio de Janeiro. On this walking tour, we’ll visit several sensitive sites like the Valongo Wharf where slaves arriving from Africa disembarked, and Pedra do Sal where they settled. Through the port and art districts, you’ll learn about the slave trade, the bittersweet history of sugar mills and coffee farms, and the struggles and resilience of everyday people.
On this walk, I hope to offer you an understanding of Brazilian culture, unveil the myth of racial democracy in this country, and teach you about our diaspora. Along the way, I’ll explain why sharing, listening, and exchanging stories empowers our communities.
My name is Kelly Tavares, and I’ll be your guide. I’m fascinated by South America’s mixed heritage and hope to share some of my ancestors’ stories with you, and tell you why I feel that music, dance, and social life make life worth living. I run my own tourism company, Rio Encantos Experiences, promoting socially responsible tourism with the aim of creating global connections.
Let's unite and have some fun!