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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A tour to the favela is a good way to see the other side of Rio and Brazil. Don't go by yourself, take a tour or go with a local. And try the Acai sold there, it's great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Edwin P
Stockholm, Sweden

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Could not visit beyond a few blocks of this famous/notorious slum(favela). The person I was with is a Carioca with a black belt in Judo. Even he was scared of the place. It gave the place a special aura. Even more for aura, when I first tried to visit it in October 2015, the place was under lockdown by the... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tour to the favela is a good way to see the other side of Rio and Brazil. Don't go by yourself, take a tour or go with a local. And try the Acai sold there, it's great!

Thank Edwin P
Limassol, Cyprus
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

On the day of the tour our guide was Obi, although we met Zezinho is Rocinha. I learnt how a true life looks like in Favela and indeed, there is lots of misinformation about Favela in the internet. After the visit I can say that it is a poor place, but the people are nice and friendly and the place... More 

1 Thank Kamil_travel
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Was anxious visiting here with a local guide, but, it felt like home. Everyone going about their business as usual. The misconceptions of this place is beyond belief!! I would thoroughly recommend visiting here to be educated about the world we live in. "The highlight of our trip?"... possibly. But, we did hand glide off the local mountain face, which... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The favelas of Rio are a must see to appreciate the vast differences in wealth in Brazil. Although it's safe, take an organised tour- never go wandering around on your own. And the food in Rochina is amazing! Be sure to stop off at a local cafe if you can

1 Thank Jessica B
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The contrast in between poor and rich is a must see in Rio but I would stay out as you don't want to be taking pictures of people's houses and be an intruder. This is actually their home and I personally think its not respectful to make trips to check how good or bad they living. Rio de Janeiro is... More 

1 Thank Karina A
Tampa, Florida
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183 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Definitely worthy to try. With a tour or not, this so-called dangerous place offer a warm atmosphere and open-heart people. Just smile and go.

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Oslo, Norway
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176 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

My visits to Rocinha has opened my eyes and made me see Rio differently. I have been to Rocinha several times with my wife and people are open and welcoming and I never felt unsafe. I have been going to R1, a local gym daily for two weeks and people took good care of me. Always curious, talkative and friendly.... More 

1 Thank KarlXII
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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159 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Rocinha is the largest "favela" (slum) in the Americas, with more than 70.000 inhabitants (Rio's City Hall official number) and outnumbered only by slums in Africa and India. It is a real colossus, as wel as a very colorful and live environment. It has grown over two slopes of a hill and ominates the landscapes. It's got also beatuful views... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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203 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We visited RocInha Favela as a group of seven friends with a very reputable tour guide. We were very interested to see how the people in the Favela live and how government is providing assistance including an excellent sports complex, roading, water, a bus service and an electricity supply, although the latter looked dubious as many residents had arranged their... More 

Thank Peter C

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