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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727
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Not for the faint of heart

This is a bit of a dangerous tour. A bus takes you to the top of the favela and then you walk to... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
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Jeep tour and walking through one of the better slums in Rio

Very interesting to SEE how 20percent of the rio population lives. You are driven in an open keep... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
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  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“vila canoas” (28 reviews)
“eye opening” (14 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 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
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

The tour was very well organized and the tour guide spoke good english. He had a big knowledge of Brazilian History and about live in the favels. The Favelas offer a great view and are really interesting to take a look at. For me the...More

Thank Julian G
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We had a great tour of the Favela thanks to our great guide Junior. He gave honest answers to all of our challenging questions. Real local patriot of the Favela. thanks to him, we know now much better than we knew before the tour. THANK...More

Thank DavidiHermelin
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Favelas must be seen to fully know Rio in all its aspects. It is not just the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, but the life of numerous disadvantaged people living the best way they can in poorer communities! Tourists, Do not be intimidated by the...More

Thank mhgreig123
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Just come back from a really fascinating and insightful half day tour around two favelas. The guide - Barbara - was really knowledgeable and provided interesting insight into the communities. She provided lots of interesting anecdotes as well as the social, political and economic context...More

1  Thank Ken R
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Jose Andres S
Hello Do you have Thiago's contact? I am going to Rio and want to get a tour with someone with recomendations Regards
24 May 2017|
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We will be in Rio at the end of October. We would appreciate the names of a couple reputable favela tour companies, as well as names of guides with whom you have had personal experience. Difficult to find and contact them? Thanks!
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
Is there a lot of hills to walk on the tour?
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