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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727
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Outstanding

I was on the Marcelo Armstrong tour and I learnt more about Rio and Brazil in 3 hours than I had in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Graeme E
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Agressive Marcelo

First off all, i never wrote a single review (either positive of negative) after 13 months of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Henk S
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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” (29 reviews)
“eye opening” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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055(21) 3322-2727

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was on the Marcelo Armstrong tour and I learnt more about Rio and Brazil in 3 hours than I had in the previous week. Fascinating insight that is highly recommended.

Thank Graeme E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First off all, i never wrote a single review (either positive of negative) after 13 months of traveling. This happend after the first time I wrote one: I was not happy about my conversation with Marcelo on whatsapp and I decided to share this experience...More

2  Thank Henk S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Experienced the Favelatourrio.com from Paulo Amendoim (Peanut Paul) former president of the residents association of Rocinha. We found his contact details in the Lonely Planet book. He was absolutely lovely. As someone who has lived in Rocinha most of his life, he is very knowledgeable...More

1  Thank Susan D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Marina and Claudio did an excellent job! Our day trip to Rocinha and Vila Canoas was incredible. I was initially nervous, but Marina quickly showed us that while, yes, drug traffickers live in the favelas, the majority of the population are kind, hardworking people. There's...More

Thank Drew S
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

With Favelatourrio from Paulo Amendoim, former president of the residents association of Rocinha, we booked a tour. Easy just by whatsapp, no vouchers, prepaid garanties necessary. Our guide Bruna Alvez waited outside the São Conrado Metro Station for us and 4 other tourists. We raced...More

Thank JoopOTheHague
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

This tour exceeded my expectations. At first I thought it might be disrespectful to go into these neighbourhoods and 'observe' as if you are in a zoo, (i did not plan this tour myself, and wouldn't have done it myself). But it was a very...More

4  Thank acdw1996
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Three tourists shot dead in favelas in last 11 months. Police, hotel security and honourable your guides telling us not to go to Rocinha. Trip advisor. Viator not so honourable and will happily take your money with no warning of significant dangers. Be warned. We...More

3  Thank NolaJS
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Through urban adventures,arranged the tour. Met by an incredible guide Jesse,full of knowledge and enthusiasm. My wife and I spent over 4 Hours on the trip. Met a few residents who were welcoming and answered questions. If you want a guide for any tour in...More

1  Thank mohana1950
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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I really recommend this visite to see and most of all to understand this other aspect from Rio. You learn a lot about the social and economic problems which leads to the growing of favelas. It was really interesting to see how a community can...More

1  Thank gastronome67
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

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

1  Thank Richard P
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Kahueka H
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Response from Tammy-loulou | Reviewed this property |
We did the tour on a Sunday afternoon 👍🏻
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Villa57
26 October 2017|
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Response from Morgana O | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes about 4 hours and the cost it’s £24, about (R$100 real) I would recommend “BE A LOCAL TOURS” With patrick gripp gibaja as your guide, as he does speak English and he is a very good guide. Hope you enjoy bro... More
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Sorry, I do not... Enjoy!! :-)
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