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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 #72 of 215 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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West Covina, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This tour will give you a really good insight to the Rocinha favela which is one of the largest favela's around. Our tour guide, Zezinho was born in the favela's but has also lived in the states and his English was perfect so that really helped a lot. We felt really safe in his hands and he was so passionate... More

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Basking Ridge, NJ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I went on this tour with my 14 year old son, and both of us found the experience very interesting. Our guide was very knowledgable, he had lived in New York for about 5 years so he spoke English very well (This was extremely helpful; as we had different experiences on other tours). He explained the history of the favelas... More

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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268 reviews 268 reviews
75 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
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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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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