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Rocinha

Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #152 of 335 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Berlin, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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