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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727
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The different side of Rio

We needed to fill in half a day before flying home on the same afternoon. We went by jeep from our... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard P
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Really nice to see the both sides of Rio. Was something to see and never forget. If you want to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Morgana O
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Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life in Rio's favelas, it is highly recommended you book a tour with a reputable favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact the community.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“vila canoas” (28 reviews)
“eye opening” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed to fill in half a day before flying home on the same afternoon. We went by jeep from our hotel on Copacabana beach. The guide is extremely well known and takes you to the very different , buzzing Favela in Rocinha. We ended...More

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice to see the both sides of Rio. Was something to see and never forget. If you want to see the poor side and compare with the Rich side, do the tour.

Thank Morgana O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just like christ the redeemer I think if you go to rio you have to go to favela just to see how the locals live. It's just like any place with alot of people working everyday. Yes it is dangerous but I'd you're with a...More

Thank JCasNYC
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

If you like to a true experience of the people living a less privileged live go to a Favela. I'd like to recommend a tour (you can also find bar, guesthouse and other experiences, but be careful) like with our guide Marina. Favela people are...More

Thank Joerg S
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This tour offers something different and we are glad we saw this side of Rio. It was nice to see that the Guide and Driver are welcomed by the locals. While it felt a little forced to tour the school, it is admirable that the...More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This trip was such great value approx £30 - we toured two favelas and there was plenty of time to ask questions from the guide who was incredibly knowledgable- there are opportunities to contribute to the economy through purchasing souvenirs or beverages. I felt very...More

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 14 August 2017

- take the tour run by the locals of the rocinha favela - definitely a worthwhile experience - you may change your idea about favelas after this trip

1  Thank muratgermen
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We did the tour with "Favela Tour" started by Marcelo Armstrong in 1992. It was safe and the guide, Alberto, was nice and experienced. They support a school in Rocinha which is a good reason to do a tour with them. There was also another...More

2  Thank GajriKesar
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I can highly recommend the Favels tour, I did mine with ExoticTours, which offer tours in different languages, everything with a local guide and transfer if necessary. We started the tour by taking a local bus with our guide, which brought us to the top...More

Thank annadiem9
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Pick up from hotel, and drop off there. 2 communities visited. A few stops on the way. Do it on a SUNDAY if you can: there is a nice food market in Rocinha.

Thank philhellich
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Jose Andres S
24 May 2017|
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Response from DavidiHermelin | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not... Enjoy!! :-)
19 April 2017|
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Response from mhgreig123 | Reviewed this property |
They are a few companies organizing favela tours but I will give you the one I went with, called FAVELA TOUR started in 1992 by Marcelo Armstrong and visits two favelas Rocinha and Vila Canoas. The money from tourists in the... More
Patricia W
9 March 2017|
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Response from Blacksteel79 | Reviewed this property |
Not really, a few here and there but the shuttle bus takes you between the favelas. There are some steps but nothing too steep