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Favela Tour

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

I took this tour with my boyfriend on June 15th and really enjoyed it. Our guide Alberto was great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amanda Lee B
via mobile
A Must See Tour!

I was initially not going to take this tour from hearing what others said about it being dangerous... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amina S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 good21%
  • Average7%
  • 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 via mobile

I took this tour with my boyfriend on June 15th and really enjoyed it. Our guide Alberto was great. I'll admit at the beginning of the tour, I was a little weary of what we had signed up for, but at the end it was...More

1  Thank Amanda Lee B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was initially not going to take this tour from hearing what others said about it being dangerous. A couple went and highly recommended us to go check it out. I am so glad we did! This was eye opening for us to really see...More

Thank Amina S
Reviewed 12 June 2017

I admit, I found this much better than I expected it would be. I was apprehensive, because I did not want to be the "rich gringo" ogling the "poor Latino". But the tour did a good job of not making us feel this way. Antonio,...More

Thank CWR01
Reviewed 27 May 2017

I was initially wary about signing up for this tour, as I didn't want it to be voyeuristic but our guide explained it was set up by residents of Rochina to show how they live and a different side to Rio, and that some of...More

Thank Vicki C
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is a bit of a dangerous tour. A bus takes you to the top of the favela and then you walk to the bottom over the next couple of hours. The guide was very strict in saying that you have to keep your cameras...More

Thank MotiukK
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Very interesting to SEE how 20percent of the rio population lives. You are driven in an open keep to the top of the slum and then walk through the narrow passage ways.

Thank michael raymond P
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Took a half day tour to Rocinha Favela + Rain forest tour. The tour last 4.5 to 5 hours depends on traffic. Maximum 9 people in a tour, as you are travelling in an open Jeep. The tour take you into the hart of the...More

Thank 4birdsrg
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This tour was an eye opener. Life would have been very tough when these favelas had no law and order.

Thank 228Kevin
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We took the tour in January with Thiago. It was the best tour we did in Rio. Thiago is a great guide and made the tour extremely interesting. It was very eye opening visiting the favelas and interesting to learn about the differences in how...More

1  Thank CarolineIrel
Reviewed 4 April 2017

My wife and I took this tour and absolutely loved it. Our guide, Ciago, was informative, articulate and passionate. Be sure to ask for him.

Thank Mira S
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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!! :-)
20 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