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Rocinha

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

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Very interesting experience that dispelled many myths

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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110 reviews 110 reviews
26 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Onawa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This could possibly have been the most enlightening tour of the trip to Brazil. As Americans, we take a lot for granted, these tours (which must be guided by a resident for safety) show life in the favelas like you have never seen before. We were even able to go inside the house of our guide, I think a large... More 

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Paris
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1,128 attraction reviews
430 helpful votes 430 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We asked the concierge of hotel Sofitel to organize a tour of this favela for us. It costed US100$ for the 3-4-hour visit. A guide took us to the top of the favela that is accessible by a four wheel drive car. Then, we walk going down, stopping in one house where we climbed on the roof for the view.... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
84 helpful votes 84 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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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
43 helpful votes 43 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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157 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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