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Favela Tour

Address: Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 055(21) 3322-2727
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Ranked #113 of 494 Activities in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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...
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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 favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact the community.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

And hour late to pick us up at the hotel. No apology was given. We called the hotline and luckily there was somebody coming but only showed up an hour later. Even the hotel staff blamed the tour guide when he reached the hotel. We were seated inside a Jeep without canopy, for such a hot weather in Brazil, we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We booked the tour via out hostel. We were picked up and taken to the foot of the favela. Once there we were given a briefing from a guide (about who not to look at etc) and then we hopped on the back of a motorbike and got driven to the top!! This was very scary but lots of fun... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Not sure what to expect with this tour. Felt quite safe, with guide. Fluent English spoken. At the end of the tour we spend about 20 min. with the co founder of the .org association we paid for the tour through. Did not feel this was necessary, could have heard of their good works within their community while walking the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

People laughed at us why paying the tour 80 reals to see poverty of people in the slum ( favela ) area. This is a must tour to be only taken by the guide. İt is dangerous place and one can confuse the roads very easily. We were taken the favela by van and then walking tour continued roughly 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We organized this online with www.favelatour.com.br . They had two tours every day (9:00 and 14:00) The tour costs R$75 per person and part of the funds go to helping a local school, which you get to visit (para ti). Tour was around 3 hours duration with a guide and with driver in 12 seater van to Rocinda and one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

there are several organizations offering favela tours online--some of Riocinha and others in Santa Marta. I'm well traveled, have live next to a slum in India and am pretty keen at identifying scams and for-profit motives/companies. I felt favelatour.org genuinely cared about the community. The tour was only 65 BRL per person payable at the END of the tour. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We attended this incredible tour in Nov 2014 and it is an absolute must!! IT IS TOTALLY SAFE! And so interesting - last a couple of hours, and they take you to Rocinha (the biggest favela in South America) and a smaller community, as well as a school for kids to have further learning. 40% of the money of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I was an eyeopening tour to visit the to favelas on the guided tour. The tour took us to 2 favelas. A big and small one. The tour in the big was nice, because it gave a picture of what it is, even though most of the tour was in a minivan. There were a few stops that was arranged... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We organised this online with www.favelatour.com.br . Very well organised and were picked up at one of the main hotels in Rio. Engish speaking guide and with driver in 12 seater van to Rocinda and one of the smaller favelas nearby. Was not as run down or at poverty level that I would have expected. I have travelled thr Asia... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I know many people who visit Rio want to stay away from favelas as they don't want to see the poverty and miserable people. I, on the other hand, believe that it's worth going there to have the full image of life in the city, to fully understand it. The best way to experience favelas would be with the tour... More 

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