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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Just go and discover on your own! It is not that bad that expected. It is safe, they all got water systems in their housings, plenty of tourist all over the favela. Helpful happy... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2016
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Airlie Beach, Australia
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857 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Favelas are where poor people live in ghetto style cramped accommodation. The streets and paths are so winding and cramped that the taxis are motor cycles. They are built on rocky areas and authorities in recent years have made inroads into the basic building materials to avoid landslide disasters. For many years each favela was run by drug cartels or... More 

1 Thank croftonMelbourne
Brisbane, Australia
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767 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Visited the favela with our guide and felt quite safe, even in the back alleys. People appeared very friendly. The Main Street was very crowded, but it was the narrow back alleys that were so interesting. Must visit locale, but I would not do it by myself, even through there is no evident danger.

1 Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

It was my last day in Rio and I got to visit the Favela. I did not follow a tour because they required at least 2 person to form a tour but I was just travelling alone. If there is just 1 other person who wanted to visit on that day, I could have joined that person and form a... More 

Thank Russellnashville
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 November 2016

I liked the tour, it was very informative since the "pacification". Place was brightly painted and lots of cables everywhere. Was able to tour one of the homes as well as check things out from a roof top. The open sewer was pretty gross, but it's really to be expected. The guide pointed out a very large Medical Clinic that... More 

Thank chrisk-wa
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

Just go and discover on your own! It is not that bad that expected. It is safe, they all got water systems in their housings, plenty of tourist all over the favela. Helpful happy people! Nice views though!

Thank Tauri S
Queensland, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 19 July 2016

This was one of the cheapest tours around and guide was really great. He actually lives in Rocinha and was able to tell us all about the community and how they live. At no point did any of us feel like we were on a safari staring at the locals,which I had originally thought may be the case. He told... More 

Thank Nonie606
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

I loved going round the Favela's. We went with a tour but I don't think it was really necessary. I wasn't at all intimidated. We were called 'Gringo' at one point but it was just a bit of fun as far as I was concerned. The hotel we were staying in was facing the beach and the favela's were on... More 

1 Thank Chris-Lowndes
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

We went with a tour, which brought us through some narrow alleys to a house on higher ground. The way up is quite steep and comes with irregular steps. There we have a very good view of the area. We were presently surprised to note that the favela has electricity & water supply. Some houses have air-conditioning.

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We did a walking tour of Rocinha with favelatours.org, an NGO that seeks to introduce tourists to the largest favela in Rio. We booked via email with Zezinho, a Brazilian/American who moved back to Rio after spending decades living in the States. We had a young, energetic, and knowledgeable guide Carlos, who picked us up at our hotel and took... More 

Thank AAMiles
Milan, Italy
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this tour as the favela was in much better shape than I expected with electricity and water in most houses. The people were also very nice and it felt like a safe place to be in with a guided tour.

Thank sheiletta80

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