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Address: Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 055(21) 3322-2727
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life...
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.
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I loved the tour, however I felt like it could have been better with Marcelo. I am very into the topic and am going to write my thesis about drugs and gangs in Brazil/Latin... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I loved the tour, however I felt like it could have been better with Marcelo. I am very into the topic and am going to write my thesis about drugs and gangs in Brazil/Latin America, so I was expecting the tour to be more informative and detailed. I asked some questions while walking along the tour guide, but she was... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We enjoyed this tour. We drove to two Favelas. Clearly,our driver and guide knew the people and we felt totally comfortable. They are more interesting and different than they appear from the distance. In one, we went right down into the alleys on a walking tour and really saw life there first hand. It was an eye opener. I recommend... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We took Marcelo Amstrong's favela tour. The information was interesting and we got a glimpse of the favela and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. We were disappointed that we were not picked up at our hotel as some participants were. We had to meet at a central location. After packing the cramped van with 10 hot and sweating tourists we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went on a tour to visit 2 favelas in Rio. This was such an experience. We booked it on the day by calling the number on the www.favelatour.com website. I think we paid about 65R each. The tour guide came to collect us for the afternoon tour with a minibus full of other tourists. The tour guide was very... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Saw great reviews online for this favela tour so decided to give it a go. The reviews are definitely true- it was a brilliant tour and these guys are a great company. We went to Rocina favela which is the biggest in South America, 75,000 people live there. We were driven up into the favela to the top of the... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great opportunity to see how people go about their daily lives in the Favela.We climbed up to the top and were amazed at the fantastic views from here. A community with all to serve these people who dwell here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I took the "Favela Feelings" tour for R80 which is promoted by El Misti hostel. The guide was young, inexperienced and no longer lived in Rocinha. First stop was a very touristy handicraft market. After awkwardly showing little interest in buying more friendship bracelets, we were then taken to a tourist shop (to buy a t-shirt and snowdome?). The rooftop... More 

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Thornhill, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We took Marcelo Amstrong's favela tour. The information was interesting and we got a glimpse of the favela and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. We were picked up at 9 a.m. and returned to our hotel by 11:30. After packing the cramped van with 10 hot and sweating tourists we set out to see two favelas. In the first favela,Vila... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

One of the two favela tours we signed up for (Santa Marta was the other) and can't say that there was one I liked more. Both were equally unique. Although I'd have to say that Rocinha was much livelier - also due to the fact that it is the largest. With Favela Tours, we received hotel pick up and drop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Favela tour by Armstrong is an excellent way to know this unique part of Rio. In particular our guide Ricardo was really prepared and helpful and he was able to speak a perfect english (that is not obvious around here!) We toured for about 2 hours in 2 different favelas and got in touch with local people and habits. Moreover... More 

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