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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 #61 of 188 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

favelatour.org - guides name was Dembore THIS WAS AWESOME. Dembore lived in Rochina and you could tell straight away he was heavily involved in his favela community talking to many many locals we ran into. The tour changed our views of what life in a favela is actually like. We felt safe throughout the tour even with our cameras taking... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Tour takes to the most prosperous Favela and this is not reality of poor. Be prepared for long walk down steep incline. Interesting for about 10 minutes. You can see Favelas from the beaches in Rio and that is close enough, because the government approved favela areas are not realistic. Save your time and money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Today we did the favela tour of Rocinha with Zezinho. It was everything he advertised. He met us (group of 10) at the time and place nominated and we headed off via the bus. The bus took us to the top of the favela and we progressed down. Most of the group went up a hill for a better view,... More

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

One of the best things I got to do during my month in Brazil. I'll immediately say that the tour was probably made exceptional due to our guide Ronnie. Grew up in a favela so knew what he was talking about, had 4 languages under his belt by age 23 and is competing his masters in economics so this guy... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

There are several different ways of visiting the Favelas. Personally I find jeep tours quite repulsive. Disturbing residents and penetrating to their living space for some quick photo opps as you were in a zoo….this is not the way how good-hearted and responsible people should act… If you want to be a good tourist please visit a favela ON FOOT... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We chose the Favela tour over the sugar loaf as we wanted an authentic experience, so I suppose that was our first mistake. We wait for almost 30 mins for the tour bus to pick us up and when it did they acted as though it was our fault they couldn't find the hotel. Bad form. The commentary to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Best thing we did in Rio! Would definitely recommend anyone to do this! Marcelo was very informative

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

We booked our tour a few days before and managed to get a tour with Marcelo himself. He was very informative with great info about the problems everywhere in Brazil. It was very safe and interesting and gave us a good insight to life in the favelas as well as the contrast between tge rich and the poor. I would... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We were disappointed with our guided tour of the favelas to our dismay. Our female guide spoke too quietly and monotonously. We felt she didn't really care and sugar coated or dismissed the true story when asked. We also did not receive a hotel pick up/drop off as advertised due to our location (not specified and no reduction in cost).... More

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Petersfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Don't get me wrong, Rio is an amazing destination for the typical tourist, beautiful landscape, amazing beaches, great nightlife etc. But this is a MUST do for anyone who wants to experience the reality of life for the majority of modern day Cariocas, its not all swanky hotels, beautiful ladies and picturesque sunsets! I found it absolutely fascinating to see... More

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