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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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Genuine company offering excellent&interesting favela tour

Saw great reviews online for this favela tour so decided to give it a go. The reviews are definitely true- it was a brilliant tour and these guys are a great company. We went to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Saw great reviews online for this favela tour so decided to give it a go. The reviews are definitely true- it was a brilliant tour and these guys are a great company. We went to Rocina favela which is the biggest in South America, 75,000 people live there. We were driven up into the favela to the top of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great opportunity to see how people go about their daily lives in the Favela.We climbed up to the top and were amazed at the fantastic views from here. A community with all to serve these people who dwell here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I took the "Favela Feelings" tour for R80 which is promoted by El Misti hostel. The guide was young, inexperienced and no longer lived in Rocinha. First stop was a very touristy handicraft market. After awkwardly showing little interest in buying more friendship bracelets, we were then taken to a tourist shop (to buy a t-shirt and snowdome?). The rooftop... More 

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Thornhill, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We took Marcelo Amstrong's favela tour. The information was interesting and we got a glimpse of the favela and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. We were picked up at 9 a.m. and returned to our hotel by 11:30. After packing the cramped van with 10 hot and sweating tourists we set out to see two favelas. In the first favela,Vila... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

One of the two favela tours we signed up for (Santa Marta was the other) and can't say that there was one I liked more. Both were equally unique. Although I'd have to say that Rocinha was much livelier - also due to the fact that it is the largest. With Favela Tours, we received hotel pick up and drop... More 

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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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