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Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santo Cristo)
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Ranked #193 of 488 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Type: Neighborhoods
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Amazing! We had a great tour guide who explained the history behind the favela communities start and growth. We were there on a Sunday morning so we had the privilege of walking through the market to see fruit stands, live crabs and an assortment of pig parts for sale. I was amazed at the maze of the walkways between the... More

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Majorca, Spain
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I worked for 13 years as a tour guide in Rio, and it is beyond comprehension why any ¨tour company¨(if that is what they really are), would risk taking tourists into any favela in Rio. This is incredibly irresponsible!!!! The favelas in Rio, and especially Rocinha are unfortunately a reality of the poverty and it´s consequences; violent crimes, robbery, murder,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I am a daring person in general, but with Rocinha I did not dare. I just went to the bridge which connected the Rocinha neighborhood with the bus stop towards the city centre and it was scary enough. Me and my friend were surrounded by little children (which we were told to be very careful of), and they were agressively... More

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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We contacted favelatour.org and made arrangements to take their tour despite comments warning us not to go into a favela. Six of us (from various countries) were picked up by our guide, Dembore, at our hotel in Copacabana and taken on the public bus to Rocinha where we then proceeded to do a walking tour which ended with lunch at... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

If you want a truly authentic personable experience then without a doubt use rocinhafavelatour.com This is a truly inspirational company. The tour guides are young adults born and raised in the Rocinha Favela, they are trained in tourism and customer service and know the favelas the best! It started with an exhilarating motorcycle ride all the way up the favela.... More

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Moscow, Russia
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

It was good walking tour through favela, i expected little longer, but walking took us about 1,5 hour. Price was 85 reals p/person, and i think it is a bit expensive, but dont go there without a giude. It is not dangerous there, but you will get lost there for sure. Normal people leaving in poor conditions, awful smell everywhere.

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