1812 Hikes
3077 Samba Classes
2071 Bike tours
3012 Capoeira Classes
Thomas A
Thomas A
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The best way to experience Rio! Can't recommend enough! All of the staff are super helpful and friendly, not only with school things but also general advice for living in Rio. As a first time solo traveller from the UK having a community to lean on was invaluable. I did the group intensive classes (Mon-Fri, 9:00-13:00) for 6 weeks and enjoyed every day! Lessons are very interactive and fun, incorporating games, music, and lots of Brazilian history and culture. The teaching is fast paced and focused on speaking which is perfect for getting the basics you need to communicate with locals. Outside of class they run loads of great afternoon and weekend activities (my favourite was beach volleyball on mondays! 🏐) many of which are included in the course fees. I also choose the homestay option and was blessed to stay with the lovely Nila who was an angel 😇 If that's not enough reason to sign up then know that part of your money goes to providing financial support and education for under privileged children in Rio.
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Great school with great people! I really enjoyed my time at Caminhos. Everyone is super welcoming and the classes and activities are really well organized. Thank you so much!
Amelia G
Amelia G
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Amazing experience learning Portuguese Caminhos goes above and beyond to make sure students have the best time. Not only are the classes well thought out and include a wide range of activities, the activities programme is also fantastic. Everyday there is something you can do, and there’s something for everyone!
Valeria B
Valeria B
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Ethnicity Very unique and special experience. The topics are variable and informative. They have different programs to adapt towards your best way of learning technique. Once in a life experience. Or maybe twice! <3 < 3
DeVondria M
DeVondria M
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Escola excelente e profissional Eu tive uma experiência excelente com Caminhos Language Centre. Como advogada, eu queria uma boa escola não só para me ajudar em aprender português, mas também para me ajudar em preparar para a prova do Celpe-bras. Com o meu horário no emprego, eu não tinha tempo para perder nas aulas inúteis, revisando o que já aprendi. Por isso, eu gostei muito como a escola funcionava: a simplicidade de fazer pagamentos e me inscrever nas aulas, sua experiência em encontrar o professor apropriado para mim e os meus objetivos pessoais, a maneira de comunicar com a escola se eu tivesse que mudar uma aula por causa de um conflito no meu horário, e o respeito que me deram em focar no qual eu queria ainda enquanto mantendo a direção do curso educacional. Escolher Caminhos foi a melhor decisão para mim porque, graças a sua orientação, em junho de 2023 eu consegui o nível avançado no Celpe-bras. Caminhos me ajudou muito em atingir as minhas metas de linguagem. Na minha opinião, Caminhos é a melhor escola para as pessoas que que querem aprimorar as suas habilidades de falar e compreender português. Michelle McClure Aluna antiga da escola Caminhos Language Centre
Laura Echeverri
Laura Echeverri
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You won't regret it... Learning at this school was a once in a lifetime experience, forever grateful i found this place and learning for almost four months by the hand of excellent native teachers, the classes are dynamic, different learning methods, after class homework and actual useful things you will use in real life. All the after school activities were useful and fun to help discover rio, their client service is excellent as well, both online and in person. If you're looking to live a unique portuguese learning experience, meet people from all over the world and live the 𝘊𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘢 from a closer to carioca point of view, caminhos is your way to go!
Andreas B
Andreas B
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Gute Sprachschule in Ipanema Ich habe als Anfänger während zwei Ferienwochen ein paar Privatlektionen in Portugiesisch besucht. Positiv aufgefallen sind mir die beiden sympathischen Lehrerinnen Isabelly und Rubia. Beide waren ausgesprochen engagiert und sind top auf meine Bedürfnisse (Kommunikation in alltäglichen Situationen) eingegangen. Verbesserungspotential sehe ich einzig bei den administrativen Prozessen und der Freundlichkeit am Empfang. Meine Ziele wurden erreicht und die Schule kann ich empfehlen.
Maria Gabriela R
Maria Gabriela R
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An unforgettable experience! My experience in caminhos was incredible, the classes were always very dynamic and entertaining, they have very good teachers as well as extracurricular activities that allow you to discover the diversity of Rio. Thanks to caminhos I was able to reach the level of Portuguese I wanted as well as having a complete immersion in the brazilian culture, getting to know their customs, their dances, their gastronomy as well as people from other countries, it was definitely an unforgettable experience!
Franck B
Franck B
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5 stars I had a great experience during my time at Caminhos. From the reception where the ladies are professionals, kinds, and welcoming. To the teachers who are full of knowledge, patient and happy irradiate their passion for their cultures. To the rest of the staff who is available to help and organize whatever is necessary to make a seamless experience for the students. This school has a family feel, perhaps due to the numerous activities they make available for free to discover the Brazilian culture. So i may speak for myself, but i can hardly find anything wrong to say about this school, because after spending 6 weeks with them, i am able to communicate in Portuguese with Brazilians without any majors difficulties. So thank you Caminhos for your help.

Why Choose Caminhos Bikes & Tours

Choose Caminhos Bikes & Tours for the best experience. Our guides speak many languages and know everything about Rio. We have great bikes and gear and plan our tours carefully. We make sure you see the best of Rio’s beautiful sights and culture

We offer good prices for great tours. Our prices show the quality you get with us, from smart guides and top gear to our promise of the best service. With us, you pay for more than a tour; you get unforgettable experiences.

Helping kids & teenagers 

By booking a tour with Caminhos Bikes & Tours, you’re supporting Mais Caminhos, our initiative aimed at educating underprivileged kids in Brazil. Since 2009, we’ve been dedicated to making a difference. Some of our guides are trained through Mais Caminhos and are part of the wider Caminhos family, showing our deep connection to this cause. Riding with us means your adventure helps us continue our mission to do good

Our tours guide you to hidden spots that other tourists often miss. We unveil Rio's best-kept secrets and share stories that truly capture the essence of the city. With us, you'll not only get a deeper understanding of Rio but also create memories that last a lifetime. Plus, our tours include unique experiences like Samba lessons and Capoeira classes, offering you a genuine taste of Brazil's rich cultural traditions. Dive into the heart of Rio with us and experience the rhythm and spirit of the city like never before

There’s even more fun waiting for you after our bike tours. We’ve got a bunch of free activities, from cool cultural lessons to sports and dancing. It’s all about making friends and having a great time with the Caminhos family. And to see everything we do, just take a look at our online agenda. Our tours are more than just biking; they’re a way to really get into Brazil’s fun and friendly vibe. Come join us and feel the real Brazilian spirit

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 166 reviews
I did a week of Bildungsurlaub with caminhos in January and loved it so much. Really can’t recommend it enough <3 great teachers, interesting and relevant content, and we covered loads in 30 hours. Small class sizes and the private lessons were amazing for boosting confidence with speaking. Also a great location, close to the beach. The additional samba class is fun and it’s also generally a nice way to meet people and to get your bearings a bit with things to see etc. Definitely planning to come back next year. Big hugs and thank you 🥳
Anna Fleck
Anna Fleck
14/03/2024
🇫🇷 Bonjour ! Je recommande particulièrement cette école de portugais pour toutes les personnes qui souhaite apprendre cette langue. La qualité pédagogique est excellente, les effectifs des classes sont à taille réduite et il y a un ensemble d'activités très intéressantes proposées quotidiennement, pour découvrir la culture brésilienne et la ville. Je n'ai jamais appris une langue aussi rapidement. L'équipe est également très attentive et bienveillante. Je recommande à 100%
Anderson Pinho
Anderson Pinho
14/03/2024
I learned more here in weeks than I did in an entire year of online classes. Eu aprendi mais aqui em algumas semanas do que um ano inteiro online.
Liam Lawlor
Liam Lawlor
08/02/2024
This is a great language school. The teachers are skillful and passionate, there's a great atmosphere, plenty of activities and everything is well organised.
Jeremy Wells
Jeremy Wells
17/01/2024
A fantastic language school in Ipanema! Great teachers who go above and beyond and a fantastic activities programme!
Amelia Graham
Amelia Graham
14/01/2024
Caminhos is a well-run school with enthusiastic teachers. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. The curriculum was well thought out, with lessons about culture, food, music and history mixed with language instruction. The school is located in one of the safer neighborhoods of Rio, and is close to the beach and various restaurants. The Caminhos Language School is a great way to learn Portuguese!
Erik Bittner
Erik Bittner
13/01/2024
I love Caminhos! The program, the staff, the activities, the environment- everything. What initially attracted me was the intensive beginner Portuguese course for Spanish speakers, which was a good introduction to Portuguese for students with prior familiarity in a similar Latin Language. The school runs an ethical business including their social programs. It is clear from the minute you walk in every morning that everyone who works there, from the reception staff to the teachers care about the work that they are doing, and value those who they serve. I’ve spent six weeks so far at the school over two trips to Brazil, and look forward to my next opportunity to return and continue.
Jacob Erlanger
Jacob Erlanger
03/11/2023

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Since 2009, Caminhos has successfully unified education, social action, sustainability, and enjoyment through social entrepreneurship, blending Caminhos Language Centre’s immersive learning, Mais Caminhos’ empowering initiatives, EcoCaminhos’ eco-friendly practices, and the explorative spirit of Caminhos Bikes and Tours

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Language Centre

Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture while learning Portuguese at Caminhos Language Centre. Our dynamic methods and social activities ensure fast, fun learning in Rio de Janeiro's vibrant heart.

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Eco Caminhos

Discover sustainable living at EcoCaminhos in Brazil's breathtaking mountains. Our eco-farm blends organic farming, renewable energy, and eco-construction projects, offering hands-on experiences in nature's harmony.

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Mais Caminhos

Mais Caminhos drives social change by empowering Rio's underprivileged youth with the help of volunteers. Through education, cultural activities, and supportive community, we build paths to brighter futures, fostering resilience

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Bikes & Tours

Experience Rio de Janeiro's stunning landscapes up close with Caminhos Bikes and Tours. Our guided cycling tours unveil the city's hidden gems, blending adventure with cultural insights for an unforgettable journey

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Absolute Bliss: Enroll For Samba Lessons And Immerse In The Rio Beat

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Why Riding a Bike is the Best Way to Explore Rio de Janeiro

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