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Rocinha

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

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Not an "attraction" but a must see

This was something we decided to do one morning - it was pretty confronting and if I hadn't been in a tour with a guide, I would not have felt safe however I'm really glad I did... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Manjyot B
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was something we decided to do one morning - it was pretty confronting and if I hadn't been in a tour with a guide, I would not have felt safe however I'm really glad I did this as it opened my eyes to the other side of Rio - the reality that so many people live like that. If... More 

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Majorca, Spain
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18 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What is it that fascinates people about others so less fortunate? Rocinha is a massive slum, with hard working genuine people and drug lords and criminals. There is nothing interesting about the lives of the less fortunate people living in Rocinha, and it is very dangerous for anyone, let alone tourists to go there. Tourists are NOT welcome here, believe... More 

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Slovakia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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74 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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