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Rocinha

Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #183 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Neighborhoods
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Lots of people had told me not to do this trip as it wasn't safe etc etc. I say "have you done the trip?" The answer must be no because anyone who has visited here would know that it is completely safe. In fact, I felt safer here than I did on Copacabana beach! We booked our tour through www.favelatour.org... More

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was definitely one of the best trips you can do in Rio and definitely worth a visit! A guide, (I had Zezinho) takes you round the favela and shows you things within the community and talks about how everyday life is there. Since I have been I know that there have been more developments there in regards to projects... More

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Kent
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A group of four of us joined our guide Carlos for a walking tour through the Rocinha favela. What an amazing experience which really made us aware of the challenges facing those that live in this area and how the media have misrepresented them. If you visit Rio I strongly recommend you take in a tour of the favela it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This was an experience of a life time. We live in South Africa and have the vast distinction of rich and poor, however, the shear scale of the favela is something to see first hand. We did a jeep tour with rdj4u. It was well organised, very reasonably priced and didnt interfere with the residents. Our guide was great amd... More

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Uzice, Serbia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Use opportunity and go with local agency because you will have opportunity to enjoy in real inside view of favela. Incredible experience , very worth visit.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Although this isn't the most extreme favela and it has indeed been taken over by the police and government, it's a great reality check. What surprised me most is how people seem happy and satisfied with their lives. Tourists are barely acknowledged as people go about their lives. The favela has everything anyone needs (including sushi places which I did... More

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Amazing! We had a great tour guide who explained the history behind the favela communities start and growth. We were there on a Sunday morning so we had the privilege of walking through the market to see fruit stands, live crabs and an assortment of pig parts for sale. I was amazed at the maze of the walkways between the... More

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Majorca, Spain
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I worked for 13 years as a tour guide in Rio, and it is beyond comprehension why any ¨tour company¨(if that is what they really are), would risk taking tourists into any favela in Rio. This is incredibly irresponsible!!!! The favelas in Rio, and especially Rocinha are unfortunately a reality of the poverty and it´s consequences; violent crimes, robbery, murder,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I am a daring person in general, but with Rocinha I did not dare. I just went to the bridge which connected the Rocinha neighborhood with the bus stop towards the city centre and it was scary enough. Me and my friend were surrounded by little children (which we were told to be very careful of), and they were agressively... More

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California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We contacted favelatour.org and made arrangements to take their tour despite comments warning us not to go into a favela. Six of us (from various countries) were picked up by our guide, Dembore, at our hotel in Copacabana and taken on the public bus to Rocinha where we then proceeded to do a walking tour which ended with lunch at... More

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