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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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Worth visiting if you have an AM/PM to spare

This tour was really informative and gives you insight into a different part of Rio. Our guide spoke english well and answered all of our questions. They definitely take you to a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This tour was really informative and gives you insight into a different part of Rio. Our guide spoke english well and answered all of our questions. They definitely take you to a few places trying to sell you handicrafts, etc. so just be aware. Price was approx. R85/pp.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very well organized tour! Leo is a very qualified guide, very nice and professional. Congratulations to the 'Favela Tour' team!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I booked a tour with www.favelatour.com.br. It was a great tour, highly recommended! R$85, no prepayment required. The tour guide came to the hotel to pick me up in a van at 840am. After picking up the rest of the guests, we travelled to a small favela to visit the social school project. Afterwards, we travelled to Rocinha and stopped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I've just done a tour of Rochino favela, the largest slum in Rio, with Exotic tours. It was amazing. Luiza was our guide and she gave us a very frank overview of the politics, history and demographics of the Favela. We got to walk through the heart of it, winding our way to the top to admire the view from... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

My wife and I tour a jeep tour into the Favelas and I have to say we got much more than we bargained for... Unfortunately for us, we got caught up in a major gun battle between the police and the local crime gang. Continuous gunfire raged the whole time we were there and we were actually fired upon as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

So one thing is that these guys are super easy to communicate and setup the tour with, another is that they are actually living, breathing and loving Rochina. These are not some jeep-touring, living-outside, money-groping guys. 40% of your contribution goes to projects in the favela, and they still cost significally less than any other favela-tour you'll find in hostel.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Interesting, the best part was the guide and her (Rachel) information. I recommend this visit (I thought it will be dangerous so I left home all money but I wish I had some for buying nice paint).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It was an enriching experience, our guide Rachel was okay. She was pleasant but did not bring anything interesting to the tour, in other words, the tour was mediocre. Nonetheless, seeing the favelas up close and personal was great. You get a real first hand account of the problems the face people living in informal settlements, and Brasil's poor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The size of favelas is breath taking. It's good to see it and buy few souvenirs to help locals. Go only with a guide as these places are dangerous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is a really well run tour with knowledgeable guides. The stories they tell are interesting and the places you visit are too. The school they help to fund is really nice and the view from the top of Rochina favela is stunning. Well worth doing.

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