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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727
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Ranked #69 of 209 activities in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This walking tour of Rocinha is the only way to go. Partner and guide Zezinho is so passionate about his community. He distribute bracelets that say "eu amo Rocinha", "I love Rocinha" to let the community demonstrate their love and pride. Our group was only 3 of us and I felt completely safe and felt like I had an opportunity... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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69 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Went on a Favela tour and can honestly say was such an amazing experience. Went with my Mum and we both felt very safe walking about on the tour. We did not get pressured into buying any souvenirs like others have commented. Seen some very nice sites. Would highly recommend and definitely do again. Breath taking experience, and seeing how... More

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

our tour was supposed to leave from hotel copacabana at 2 pm.my wife and i went to lunch to a lebanese near by.unfortunetly,it started to pour really hard and when we arrived at the pick up place ,we were soaked to the bone.we told the tour guide that we were cancelling the tour.well we got a phone call from marcello... More

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Portland, OR
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I will start this review by acknowledging that part of my expectations were not met because the concierge told me this was a mainly a walking tour. I desired a walking tour We walked maybe 10 blocks the entire tour. This is not the fault of this tour company. What i do hold the company accountable to is the quality... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I did this tour with favelatour.com.br it was an absolutely wonderful way to spend an afternoon. The price is very reasonable at 95BR per person and part of the funds go to helping a local school, which you get to visit. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave us the honest facts about the favelas. It was incredible to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

12 people went on this favela tour which was supposed to go for 2.5 hrs.First to a small favela then to a much larger one of about 300 thousand inhabitants. All went well with our guide Simone for the small favela which lasted no more than half an hour. We then were to continue but the van broke down. Not... More

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I really enjoyed this tour. I never felt that this was an "animal in the zoo" experience. We got out, walked around, purchased items, toured a school... Most importantly there was an emphasis on the politics and history of the favelas. The favelas you go to are recently "pacified" so they are completely safe. There is still a long way... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I found this tour very refreshing. Travelling through Brazil during the world cup, it was hard to get a sense of what real life is like. However, our guide (Simoney (sp?)) was great in explaining different things to us. Her english was good and open to questions. Some of the sights were truly amazing. A flood of favella housing carved... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

favelatour.org - guides name was Dembore THIS WAS AWESOME. Dembore lived in Rochina and you could tell straight away he was heavily involved in his favela community talking to many many locals we ran into. The tour changed our views of what life in a favela is actually like. We felt safe throughout the tour even with our cameras taking... More

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White Plains, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Tour takes to the most prosperous Favela and this is not reality of poor. Be prepared for long walk down steep incline. Interesting for about 10 minutes. You can see Favelas from the beaches in Rio and that is close enough, because the government approved favela areas are not realistic. Save your time and money.

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