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Favela Tour

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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

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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CariocaFreeCulture walking tour of Rocinha

Most of Rio's people live in favelas. If you see only the beaches and the tourist attractions you will not know the real Rio -- a WALKING tour of a favela is a "must-do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Pasadena, CA

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Pasadena, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most of Rio's people live in favelas. If you see only the beaches and the tourist attractions you will not know the real Rio -- a WALKING tour of a favela is a "must-do." CariocaFreeCulture is one of the groups that relies on long-term residents of Rocinha to guide visitors through the streets and alleyways of one of the largest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip was great, we were collected from our hotel on time and visited two of the city's Favela's with plenty of time on each visit to take in the surroundings and ask any questions we had (not rushed at all). The trip was made all the better by the guide who gave us a comprehensive understanding of the communities... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Today we took an inspiring, fascinating & active tour of one of the Coacabana/Ipanema favelas with Alberto from Jungle Boy. We loved it, learned lots & enjoyed our time with Alberto immensely. Thought provoking, a little scary & lots of fun!

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Kildare, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The favelas are a huge part of Rio. The people in them have a tough life but a strong sense of community. Many of them work in the hotels amd hostels that most people staying in Rio use. The Favela tour allows a small insight into life here and the architecture (that does not look safe!) which is like nothing... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The favela tour is well worth-it. I felt a little weird going on this tour before it started, as I wasn't sure what to expect, and I don't think I would like it if a parade of tourists walked past my house either. It was worth it though, very informative and interesting. You walk through the area for 15 min... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Almost every travel books warn you not to go to the favela in Rio but it's very safe to join the guided tour to the favela, where has an amazing view of Rio. The guide told us about the life and trend of the favela nowadays and led us to some places with great view of the favela and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

There are some things you should experience and this is one of them. This two-hour trip takes you into heart of the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. With a free pickup from your accommodation, you head straight there via minivan (usually around 8-10 people). The first 10 minutes can be quite overwhelming. Our guide, who spoke great English, leads... More 

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We travel all over the world and by far this tour is one of the best things we have done. Our tour guide Everaldo was so interesting, informative, very welcoming and friendly we had a wonderful time. If you are thinking about a Favela tour do it you won't be disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Rio is a nice blend of beaches, many tourist attractions, high end expensive neighborhoods and Favelas!! Favelas are neighborhoods where poor people stay. Favela Tour is a well guided tour of favelas. Our guide, Luis, was great. Her English was good and she was very knowledgeable and passionate about the people living in Favelas. Being born and raised in India,... More 

Thank Leenro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I took the Marcelo Armstrong´s Favela Tour on September 3rd in Rio de Janeiro and it was amazing!!!!!! Our tour guide, Ricardo, was GREAT!!!!!!!!; he was impressively knowledgeable and really nice. With Ricardo, we learned a lot about some of the most relevant social and economic aspects related to favelas in Rio; i was fascinated with all the information that... More 

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