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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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A must in Rio

For me i think this tour is a must when you are in rio. One of the things that is so individual about this city and good to get some more cultural understanding of the Favelas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

For me i think this tour is a must when you are in rio. One of the things that is so individual about this city and good to get some more cultural understanding of the Favelas which would not be possible without a guide. Highly recommended, we went to two favelas saw a school sponsored by the tour. Our guide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Prompt, friendly, knowlageble guide Rachel took us to Rochina and another small one. When people write that you mostly visit outdoor shops and complain about it, they dont understand that this is the very reason that they can visit the area safely. There is no pressure to buy anything and it was a great introduction to favela life and history.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Did a tour with a local guide. He told us everything about Rocinha and showed us all the different sides (main street, back alleys etc). It's a very interesting tour. Never felt unsafe!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Enjoyed the tour with a knowledgeable tour guide who knew his history and the people so you felt at ease with being there not a tour to do alone. Visited the free school for Favela children well worthwhile and a brilliant idea as it gives the children some hope in life. You can buy small souvenirs made by the children... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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