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Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22260-150, Brazil
+55 21 8139 6544
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Touring Santa Marta favela - an eye opening experience!

Sheila is a passionate resident of Santa Marta favela and has been giving tours of her home... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Informative and honest tour of the Santa Marta favela

Sheila, as a resident and advocate for the favela, gave us such a great tour. With that said, she... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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BRAZILIDADE - Tourism and Experience works with communitarian and social tourism at favela Santa Marta - Botafogo - Rio de Janeiro.It is a local business that is part of the Creative Economy of the State of Rio de Janeiro - Incubator of small business and entrepeneurs. We work in partnership with the local entrepreneurs and local business to develop and make improvements in the favela through the tourism activity.We don't make favela tours. The entrepreneur is born and lives in Santa Marta and takes part in most of the internal discussions that aims the local improvements.By meeting the favela Santa Marta with us you are supporting these ideals
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Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22260-150, Brazil
+55 21 8139 6544

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sheila is a passionate resident of Santa Marta favela and has been giving tours of her home community for years. Her tour really made me consider some of the wider social challenges that face communities the world over. You really get a feeling for Brazilian...More

Thank Nickandferguson
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Sheila, as a resident and advocate for the favela, gave us such a great tour. With that said, she knows everything about the favela and knows everyone who lives there. I would recommend Brazilidade to anyone visiting Rio. She gave such a great perspective into...More

Thank rebeccaafford
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Incredible 3hours walking tour of the favela with our impressive, passionate and courageous guide Sheila who shares her experience of a life time in Santa Marta's favela; A touching moment of sharing, hope and history... Definitely a most to do for anyone who goes to...More

Thank alltogetheralways
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Rio was welcoming. Sheila even more so - intelligent, articulate and insightful, I really enjoyed spending time in her company and wandering around the favela's narrow streets felt relaxed with a real sense of community. I'm from Limerick, a much maligned city in the past,...More

Thank nayrila
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Sheila gave such an amazing tour! Everyone needs to here it. She is from Santa Marta and gives insight on the community´s history.

Thank Katherine d
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Sheila was an amaizing guide and host as well. We had a very nice experience in the Favela Santa Marta, we will never forget it. We easily made an appointment and everything went smoothly. we would definetely recommend this favela trip, but only if Sheila...More

Thank jokmaja
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This was by far my favourite tour in Brazil. Sheila was so knowledgable and friendly and I leant so much within the 3 hours we spent together. For anyone wanting to learn more about the Favelas, I definitely recommend this sustainable tour.

Thank GirlabouttheGlobe
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I went with Sheila around Santa Marta and she did a perfect tour for me as a photographer! Can highly recommend her as a guide around the favela :-) See you again Sheila.. Best regards Tino

Thank Tinography1980
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is a pretty in-depth tour of Santa Marta, told from the point of view of one of the neighborhood's residents. It's recommended for anyone coming with an interest in the complex relations between residents and the city and authorities, and the perceptions of Brazilians...More

Thank Julian C
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Sheila was absolutely incredible! She was able to provide an in depth history and tour of the Santa Marta favela. The knowledge of the pacification and its impact on the favelas were enlightening. Her sense of community was very calming to see, and you can...More

Thank shakesraw34
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Response from Cacilda T | Reviewed this property |
You can call, text through whatsapp or email the owner of the tour service. She's very responsive. Her phone number is 55 21 8139 6544. The email is on her website

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