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Rocinha

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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Wow. Very eye-opening.

So many people, so densely populated. From the countless taxi motorcycles to the swarms of electric wires, this favela is quite a sight from within. So many narrow streets and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Slovakia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

this is where you can get a sensation of how life in rio really works. the favela is not as dangerous as it used to be and the people are pretty nice to you as they understand, that tourism gives a lot of them the jobs they need to support their families. some interesting facts: - living costs are relatively... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

So many people, so densely populated. From the countless taxi motorcycles to the swarms of electric wires, this favela is quite a sight from within. So many narrow streets and extremely tights turns, to many businesses, even franchises (Bob's Burger). You have to get in there to really believe it. So colorful, so humbling.

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Naples, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Of course, the Rocinha cannot be considered a traditional attraction but, you know, human beings are curious by nature and this is the only favela you can visit in Rio (and probably in the world). As expected, it's colourful, "disorganized" and multi-layer but, despite all this, pretty charming too. Rocinha is the largest favela in Brazil and one of the... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

and are lucky enough to have a brazilian friend who is willing to show you rocinha - go there. There you will experience the real Rio de Janeiro far away from the luxury neighborhoods. The people there are really friendly and nice.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Don´t be afraid to take a tour into this amazing favela. Walking down the streets of the Rocinha, meeting the people that live inside, maybe even seeing some small fights, are part and heart of Rio de Janeiro. We had a great morning visiting it, and we surely recomend itto everyone traveling to brasil.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Definitely must see. You'll see how misunderstood places like this are. I took tour with Zezinho and his brother Dembore. They explained every day living etc, took us through the back alleys, told about all the changes that are happening now. Very good experience and chance to understand how actually life in favela looks like. Definitely recommend.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest favela in Brazil. With more than 11 million people living in favelas in Brazil, visiting one is essential to understanding the nature of the country. It was an uplifting experience visiting Rocinha. You get the impresssion that life for the poorest has become very much better during the recent years and that... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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