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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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So one thing is that these guys are super easy to communicate and setup the tour with, another is that they are actually living, breathing and loving Rochina. These are not some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

So one thing is that these guys are super easy to communicate and setup the tour with, another is that they are actually living, breathing and loving Rochina. These are not some jeep-touring, living-outside, money-groping guys. 40% of your contribution goes to projects in the favela, and they still cost significally less than any other favela-tour you'll find in hostel.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Interesting, the best part was the guide and her (Rachel) information. I recommend this visit (I thought it will be dangerous so I left home all money but I wish I had some for buying nice paint).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It was an enriching experience, our guide Rachel was okay. She was pleasant but did not bring anything interesting to the tour, in other words, the tour was mediocre. Nonetheless, seeing the favelas up close and personal was great. You get a real first hand account of the problems the face people living in informal settlements, and Brasil's poor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The size of favelas is breath taking. It's good to see it and buy few souvenirs to help locals. Go only with a guide as these places are dangerous.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is a really well run tour with knowledgeable guides. The stories they tell are interesting and the places you visit are too. The school they help to fund is really nice and the view from the top of Rochina favela is stunning. Well worth doing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Cannot rate the tour higher. Booked through the hotel reception at 150 rias each. The guide was known in the favela so no problems. Not obliged to buy anything and entered a private house. The forest trip seemed an add on and through negotiation with the guide we opted out of that bit. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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Address: Address: Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 055(21) 3322-2727
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro

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