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We are living a time of extreme inequality and an increase on small businesses led by individuals in detriment of governmental institutions of public interest.

The consequences are the disproportionate offer of non-essential services to essential public services, increasing the offer for products, lowering wages, decreasing employment opportunities, increasing social inequality.

Individuals have an increasing tendency for consuming stuff rather than developing healthy life habits consequently businessess reflect the same, offering more consumer goods rather than services that promote well being and social change.

We are already “picking the fruits” of an individualistic society, with higher level of greed and hate, while mental and physical health face a chronic crises. For the most part, individual entrepreneurship stimulates competition instead of collaboration therefore our society will face more challenges imposed by capitalism, since we still are devided. Can you imagine the consequences on a longer term if this patern prevails and persists? How can we promote change with our businessess and individual actions and life style?

Conscious travel requires a mind shift that fortunately is already a tendency but we still have a long way to go until we change habits and turn tendency into massive praxis for environmental and social change. My invite as a cultural entrepreneur is for you who wants to be part of that change, to get to know people like me and like the other guides with whom I work with, to hear our stories and experience our way of life in order to support on our work and to help us do more for the benefit of our society.

I speak from an educational standpoint and I develop my life activities playing an activist role, investing my background on social change, what reflects back on the way I do business.

Unfortunately, businessess which only have a consumer-good appeal, without social responsibility, still attract more clients who are willing to spend high sums of money on resorts of big hotel, expensive restaurant chains, top visited touristic attractions, and imported wine. On a time of scarcity, high levels of chemical addiction, and emotional vulnerability, these consumer behaviors are still the norm instead of supporting local family owned businessess that generate income for communities. Up to this moment the “big players” are the winners of the game and society pays the higher fees to big corporations. When will we be able to change ourselves to turn the tables, and turn the game to our side? Let’s flip the board together and create our own rules. Money is not the change. Love is key.

It’s difficult to change the world when many are worried about their own families’ health and futures; When our understanding of family is restricted to our family ties. Although that’s not stopping us from trying. From our very ancestry we are both resilient and resolute, and as business leaders who share a vision for a better future we would do well to encourage those characteristics and to enable our idealist ambitions, in every way possible, for an egualitarian society.

Yes, you may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one!

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Travel Local Video Campaign

Our partners from Viare Travel / São paulo – BR/ and TravelLocal / Bristol-UK/, invited me to take part on this collaborative video representing Rio de Janeiro. They are promoting a travel campaign pulling up Shakespeare’s quotes adapted to the time we’ve been living with COVID-19.

Thanks for the opportunity to participate! Watch it now! It is lovely!

Launching Rio’s Audioguide at VOICEMAP APP!

Since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic in Brasil, we had to cease our work as tour guides and reinvent ourselves. I came up with the idea to create the audio guided tour of the “Little Africa Black History Walk in Rio de Janeiro”.

And today I come here to announce with great pleasure that after many months of hard work having to learn and deal with the nuts and bolts of producing a professional sound recording, I finally finished the work, with the technical support of @myvoicemap team from South Africa.

I invite you to come with me on this trip and check this audio guided tour at VOICEMAP app. We are simply launching the first experience from Rio de Janeiro on the platform and guess what? With an out-of-the-beatten-path experience, which I hope will inspire you to come and meet me in person for a walking tour, in the Port Area.

Download “Rio de Janeiro’s Little Africa: A Black History Tour through Gamboa” on VOICEMAP APP from your Playstore. On your phone, hit play and follow the guidelines. Keep in mind that together, with our community of guides, we are willing to share their stories and connect with you in person, offering a deeper experience on these sites as soon as travel get back to normal again.

Audio guides are amazing tools to tell stories and connect travelers with their destinations even before their arrival. We use the art of storytelling to engage the audience and their imagination, stimulating them to visit the destinations afterwards. Now you can start traveling from home. Audio guides can also be used to inform visitors on the go. I am currently campaigning to spread the word of this version of the experience that I have been developing as a tour guide in Rio since 2013.


About our first audio guided experience

There is a “Little Africa” in Rio de Janeiro that is still Unknown for most people. Embark on your discovery on a Black historic walk through the African Heritage Route, visiting sensitive sites of memory such as the samba cradle of Pedra do Sal, the New Blacks memorial cemetery or the Valongo Wharf, the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Transatlantic Slave Trade, where millions of Africans arrived from the XVII to the XIX centuries.

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The Rio Encantos Black History Walk and Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

Rio EnCantos is a FIT Tour Company in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. We are a network of guides, local businesses, and partner agencies passionate by Brasil’s Enchantments and its African and indigenous legacies. Our goal is to ensure that clients, partners, and visitors have the best experiences in Brasil. Our mission is to make sure your entire trip runs smoothly and you enjoy your moments, being in Rio, São Paulo, Amazon, Minas Gerais or Bahia, just to mention a few of the 16 destinations where we have connections.

Rio Encantos Experiences comply with the following criteria:

  • One-of-a-kind immersive experiences curated for travelers interested on our African heritage
  • They are hosted by passionate local insiders
  • They are qualitative and authentic with cultural aspects 
  • Guests participate and are immersed
  • They tell unique stories to the travelers /visitors from a local’s perspective
  • They share cultural knowledges 
  • They create meaningful memories
  • They have an intimate group size or private tour
  • They respect local communities and ecosystems
  • They engage and create connections
  • In Person or Online (interactive)

WHAT MAKES OUR EXPERIENCES SPECIAL:

  • Name of the experience: Black History Walk and Street Art in Rio de Janeiro
  • Type of experience (traditional or online; group size or private): online virtual tour
  • Group size: 1 – 20 people
  • Duration: 1 – 1:30h
  • Think of locals, culture, communities, activities, or locations that are hard to get access to or that you’re personally connected to.  
    • Intro: Welcome to Rio de Janeiro and Praça Mauá. My name is Kelly Tavares and I will guide you through the Little Africa and its colorful streets, the place where I was born. This virtual art tour will take you to a dope street art hub that is highly frequented by locals. The Port Area is full of secrets of a hidden history that once uncovered, can tell the forgotten stories of a fascinating part of the city. This is a key tour to understanding Brazilian people and culture through its thriving street art.
  • Overview of what to expect during your experience (50 words minimum) 
    • Description: I will tell you a little bit about the history of the port and its role on the slave trade, its art movements, and urban changes. This route is about Brazilian Street Art and its African roots. It highlights works of local artists, archaeological sites and how they’re deeply connected with who we are as Brazilians.
    • Here you will hear about resilience, historic figures that helped to built up our wealth on the fields of dance, music, art, and culture in general.
  • Highlights of what your experience is about, and what makes it original (50 words minimum)
    • As an ally of local artists and guides for the Black legacy experiences in Rio I curated a street art walk that will offer a great overview of different art exponents from current and past times, pin pointing events that made the docks of Rio a fruitful open air gallery for street artist from all over the world to gather and create.
  • Description in details of the experience, what guests will do (50 words minimum) 
    • We will meet in front of the MAR Museum in Praça and have a brief overview from its past tendencies to current trends on street art. We will stroll through the docklands of Rio learning about its role on the slave trade and the decay of the infamous market. The ports ascension and decay and its gentrification waves.
    • Through urban settings to art on the streets we will hear about dreams that light up and fade. The area of constant changes and remodeling hosts the Tomorrow Museum, public art, approximately 2 miles of colorful murals, and the Guinness Book spray paint from artist Eduardo Kobra;
  • The 3 main reasons to book your experience (detailed, 50 characters minimum)
    • Out off the beaten path art hubs;
    • Guided by local expert guides who are artists educator;
    • Connect with a local resident and art specialist;
  • As much information as possible that could be useful for your potential guests.
    • To arrive at our meeting point you may get an uber or the metro and drop at Cinelândia Station to take the Light Vehicle over Track (VLT) all the way to the Museums’ Stop (Parada dos Museus) in Praça Mauá (Prasa Mawa)
  • 4 to 6 Quality photos in landscape mode only (less than 1MB) to showcase your experience and give a taste of what your experience is about. 
  • Dates, Time and place for your experience will be announced on our social media and performed on line or in loco in different times of the week.
  • Type of tickets (adult, general admission…) + prices We offer family ticket discount
  • FAQs
  • Your Terms and Conditions specific to this experience. Here things like: All the reasons for which you will not give a refund in case a customer asks, You may not welcome guests who do not have good behavior (disrespectful…); Reasons why you might cancel the experiences, How you operate in case of bad weather, religious holidays for example…
  • Cancellation policies

I work with community cultural management for the benefit of democratic practices, nurturing environments in which programming is conceived with and for the social and creative development.

Arts Licentiate at Federal University of Espirito Santo, in 2007 and M.A. in Arts Management, University of Oregon, USA, 2011.

The Little Africa Black History Walks in Rio de Janeiro

Rio EnCantos is a FIT Tour Company in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. We are a network of guides, local businesses, and partner agencies passionate by Brasil’s Enchantments and its African and indigenous legacies. Our goal is to ensure that clients, partners, and visitors have the best experiences in Brasil. Our mission is to make sure your entire trip runs smoothly and you enjoy your moments, being in Rio, São Paulo, Amazon, Minas Gerais or Bahia, just to mention a few of the 16 destinations where we have connections.

Rio Encantos Experiences comply with the following criteria:

  • One-of-a-kind immersive experiences curated for travelers interested on our African heritage
  • They are hosted by passionate local insiders
  • They are qualitative and authentic with cultural aspects 
  • Guests participate and are immersed
  • They tell unique stories to the travelers /visitors from a local’s perspective
  • They share cultural knowledges 
  • They create meaningful memories
  • They have an intimate group size or private tour
  • They respect local communities and ecosystems
  • They engage and create connections
  • In Person or Online (interactive)

There is a “Little Africa” in Rio that is still unknown by most people. Embark on your discovery on a historic walk through the sites of memory of the African Heritage. 

WHAT MAKES OUR EXPERIENCES SPECIAL:

  • Name of the experience: The Little Africa Black History Walks in Rio de Janeiro
  • Type of experience: We promote walking tours and online experiences with one person or small groups of 2 to 15 people. Clients may also book private sessions.
    • Walking tours last 2:30 -3h
    • Virtual interactive tours 1:30h
  • Think of locals, culture, communities, activities, or locations that are hard to get access to or that you’d like personally get connected to…  We can offer you those connection opportunities to meet local, support fair businesses, enjoy fun hands-on activities, find the “hole-in-the-wall” kind of places.
  • Overview of what to expect during your experience (50 words minimum) 

Highlights of what your experience is about, and what makes it original

There is a “Little Africa” in Rio that is still Unknown by most people. You will learn about the history of the port and its role on the slave trade, its labor movements and economic growth; Brazilian Black History Figures; This route is about Brazilian history and its African roots. It showcases archaeological sites and how they’re deeply connected with who we are as Brazilians. Here you will find out about one of the most prominent art hubs and hear about resilience, historic figures that helped to built up our wealth on the fields of science, philosophy, music, religion, gastronomy, and culture in general. Get to know about some of the people who fought for freedom and built the foundations of Black movements in Brasil.

Description in details of the experience, what guests will do  

Embark on your discovery on a legacy tour through our African Heritage Route, visiting sensitive sites of memory such as the Valongo Warf where most of our African ancestors arrived on the 1800. Stop at the archeological sites of Pedra do Sal, one of the samba cradles, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Rio’s port area, visit the slave cemetery at the Institute of New Blacks, and the spray painted mural “Ethnicities” that features on the Guinness Book.

The 3 main reasons to book your experience (detailed, 50 characters minimum)

The Port Area is full of secrets of a hidden history that once uncovered, can tell the forgotten stories of a fascinating part of the city. This is a key tour to understanding Brazilian people and culture. Unveil the myth of racial democracy in Brasil and find out our convergent points in the Diaspora, reasons why sharing, listening, and exchanging our stories empower ourselves and our own communities as we travel. Embark on life changing experiences with inspiring people who are proud of their work and eager to share their researches and cultural legacy.

As much information as possible that could be useful for your potential guests.

Discover Brazilian African heritage through its legacy and cultural assets on an experience full of soul shared by an incredible network of tour guides fascinated by their African traditions on the mixed grounds of South America. Through a program filled with music, dances, and delicious gastronomy. Visit historic sites and learn about slavery trade through port cities and art districts, where the bitter sweet history of sugar mills and coffee farms blend with the struggles and resilience of our people. You will hear stories shared by local historians and tour guides who acknowledge the struggles and bequests of afro descendants by themselves through anecdotes and cases of resilience and conquers. Be either in the city or in smaller towns or “quilombo” villages through sites of memory and natural wonders of the Atlantic Forest.

Here are a few quality photos (less than 1MB) to showcase your experience and give a taste of what your experience is about. 

Please request your spotify playlist of afro Brasilian music for this route.

Dates, Time and place for your experience

We can offer you many options for dates, time and places to experiment Brazilian culture either virtually or “in loco”, just let us know in advance.

Type of tickets (adult, general admission…) + prices

Walking tours are listed here with price and more details, so you can book directly from our website: https://www.rioencantos.com/product-page/cariocas-little-africa

Virtual Experiences vary in prices. If you want to purchase a self guided tour it is USD $10. You will have access to a multimedia presentation with interactive map of the route.

If you want to engage on an interactive Virtual Tour with A multimedia presentation AND a Q&A group session it can be purchased by USD$ 15.

FAQs

Check our Terms and Conditions specific to this experience

Here things like: All the reasons for which you will not give a refund in case a customer asks, You may not welcome guests who do not have good behavior (disrespectful…); Reasons why you might cancel the experiences, How you operate in case of bad weather, religious holidays for example…

My name is Kelly Tavares I run my own tourism company, Rio Encantos Experiences, promoting social responsible tourism for global connections.

We are currently working on the foundation of an afro tourism network of guides, in Brasil, in order to expand the range of activities and to work in a collaborative manner we have being creating partnerships with tour guides and organizations across the Atlantic, with special attention to initiatives around Black heritage tours.