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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I have one regret – I ate a large lunch prior to our 2:00 p.m. tour and unfortunately didn’t have room for any food on the tour. There were lots of opportunities for great-looking street food and at various stops. Bring some money in small denominations for food, drinks and handicraft purchases. Although the walking along the tour is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We booked this tour at the hotel desk and it was excellent. Our guide Alfredo was very knowledgeable and passionate about the favelas and the lives of the people who live there. The tour was respectful and informative and visited two different favelas. There were no spare seats in the minivan and it was very hot inside, but it didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We went to the favela tour with Dumboree as a guide and then we met Zezinho at the favela. They were super friendly, speak perfect english and explain all about living in Rocinha and also the projects they organize to help young people who leave there. They were really nice, the favela was completly safe and we had the oportunity... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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