Rio EnCantos is small tour company recently established in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. It started as a group of 5 visionaries passionate about Rio’s enchantments, including: Kelly Tavares, founder and director; her partners from the University of Oregon; and a local tour guide from Rio. They decided to combine their skills to create a tour company in order to capitalize on the large crowds to be drawn by the major events hosted in Rio up to 2016.
Rio EnCantos’ mission is to offer city tours that go beyond the main touristic routes in Rio de Janeiro, helping visitors discover the local “Cariocas” lifestyle along with the city’s other great wonders, such as its historic downtown area, Little Africa, the Rocinha Favela (the largest in Latin America), and the open-air art galleries of Santa Teresa.
Besides city tours, Rio EnCantos offers the Banho de Cultura: English Immersions with Art program. This program provides linguistic and cultural immersion in English for Brazilians who are studying English, and is also an excellent opportunity for visitors to Rio who are interested in improving their language skills in English or Portuguese while learning about the art history of Brazil.
The company’s partners work from their homes internationally, with Director Kelly Tavares’ home serving as the main office. Kelly lives on a residential street in the heart of the historic downtown area near the Bohemian Lapa and the financial district. This is the cultural center of the city, which houses its main museums, cultural centers, historical churches, schools and much more. Public transportation is accessible and frequent, and many nearby businesses are within walking distance from the main office.