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Favela Da Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

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Wonderful life experience

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Tampa, Florida

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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 

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Tampa, Florida
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

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 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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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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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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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