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Rio de Janeiro Little Africa Walking Tour - World Heritage Site

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This tour is special because Little Africa is situated in a region where the African presence has left a living heritage, which perpetuates and is renewed to this day. It expresses, therefore, struggle and resistance. Brazil was the destination of at least 40% of all Africans who arrived as captives in the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Out of these, about 60% entered through Rio de Janeiro's port, almost a quarter of all Africans enslaved in the Americas. The city of Rio de Janeiro can be considered the largest port of slavery in the history of mankind. The history and impacts of slavery trade lined up Brazil’s colonial heritage and contribute to dynamics and exclusions socioeconomic conditions that permeate the whole Brazil society till nowadays. Fortunately, it also resulted in the creation of vibrant Brazilian culture, multivocal and multifaceted, rich in cultural matrices, colors, and flavors.

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At Largo da Prainha the highlight is Mercedes Baptista Statue. Mercedes Batista was the very first African-Brazilian ballet dancer to enroll the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro's ballet group in the late 1940s. Dancer and choreographer, she is considered the greatest precursor of the Afro Ballet Dance in Brazil.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pedra do Sal

After Largo da Prainha we walk towards Pedra do Sal (Rock of Salt) A Rio's Heritage Sacred Site. The place got its name because it was the place where among other things, imported salt from Portugal was discharged by the Africans enslaved who worked in the mooring docks and wharves. The steps were carved in stone by the black men themselves and there was founded the first ranchos carnival, afoxés and ritualistic places in the second half of the nineteenth century. After work, sambistas (samba singers and dancers) longshoremen gathered for the samba circles in the houses of Bahian Aunts. Big names in music, such as Pixinguinha, frequented the place, which still receives samba circles and other cultural events.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Morro da Conceicao

After Pedra do Sal, we go up to cross the Morro da Conceição with its alleys and buildings dating from the colonial period, the hill holds an important part of history, not only in Rio but in Brazil. The place points out the initial occupation movement of the city, which occurred in the 16th century.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cais do Valongo

Then, after Morro da Conceição we move towards the Valongo Wharf Archaeological World Heritage Site. During its undergoing large-scale urban transformations in preparation for Rio's 2016 summer Olympics games, the port zone was being revitalized, and archaeological diggings recovered evidence of its past. Some of the major findings have been in the subsoil of one of the area’s main squares, the stone structures of the Valongo Wharf, the busiest slave port in the Americas in the 19th century, as well as abundant material culture attributable to the enslaved Africans, arrived in Brazil. The Archaeological Site of the Cais do Valongo not only represents the main Africans enslaved arrival port throughout the Americas, as it is the only one which has been materially preserved, on this side of the Atlantic.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Porto Maravilha

Warehouse docks Pedro II or Docas André Rebouças - Place where the black movement wants to raise the Diaspora Memorial in the years to come. André Rebolças was the first Afro-Brazilian engineer.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Instituto de Pesquisa e Memoria Pretos Novos - IPN

After Valongo Wharf and Warehouse dock Pedro II/André Rebouças we walk about 10 min towards IPN – Another very important Archaeological Site. It is a Memorial to the Newly arrived African enslaved in Rio de Janeiro. African arrived in Rio between the mid-eighteen century and late nineteenth. IPN is a Memorial Museum located on the Archaeological Site of the “New Blacks Cemetery”. Since 2005, the IPN has endeavored to publicize the memory of the cemetery and those buried there, as well as the history of the enslaved and their descendants in the locality. It is for this purpose that it regularly promotes Afro-Brazilian cultural activities and offers wide audience workshops on the history and culture of African descent. The seriousness of its work has led to recognition by the State, which has made it a Culture Place since 2009.

Duration: 1 hour