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“Great inside of a favela” 5 of 5 stars
Review of CaRioca Free Culture

CaRioca Free Culture
Meeting in front of Hotel Marina Palace in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 21 9800 6278
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Ranked #33 of 415 Activities in Rio de Janeiro
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Munich
1 review
“Great inside of a favela”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

The Tour was worth every penny. Rodrigo gave us a profound inside look into life in a favela and shared his personal experiences. The tour therefore was very interessting and great fun. We walked off the big roads through small alleys and were invited to some locals houses. Rodrigo took his time to answer all our questions and we never had the feeling of beeing part of a touristic tour. Together with the motorcicle trip up to the top of the favela and the exclusive and breathtaking view from a locals rooftop it was a perfect combination. I can only highly recommend it!

Visited March 2013
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cariocaculture, Owner at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Thanks so much for your great review! We really appreciate it. It was great to meet you, thanks again and safe travels! Abraços
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
1 review
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“this is the tour you need to take”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We had a group of 11 take the tour. Rodrigo coordinated meetup and transportation flawlessly. His connections in the community allowed us access to various homes, locations and views that you're not going to get other places. 

His perspective on the social dynamics of the community, the pacification and the history was great and personal. He was knowledgable about everything you need. Great recommendations for pit stops for food and drink as well. 

Really glad we had the chance to do this Would recommend Rodrigo to anyone interested.

Visited March 2013
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cariocaculture, Owner at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Thanks so much for your wonderful review and sharing details of your visit. We appreciate it so much and are grateful you could join us. All the best! Abraços.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“The only way to see Rio's Favelas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This tour is one of my Rio favourites. Great authentic tour which you just cant through any tour operator. Rodrigo is super knowledgable and passionate about Rocinha and I left the tour with a completely different mindset of what a favela was.

I recommend the tour to anyone looking at gaining an insight in to the Brazilian way of life and wanting to see another side of Rio. Taking a motorbike taxi up in to the Favela was the highlight of my trip.

Great work Rodrigo, keep it up!

Visited February 2013
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cariocaculture, Owner at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
thanks so much for your review, we really appreciate and are so glad you could join us. safe travels!
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“Great hike and even better favela tour.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We booked both the favela tour of Rocinha and the Dos Irmaos hike. Rodrigo and Mary Ellen are a great couple and they have developed a really nice combo of tours. The favela tour is a unique experience as Rodrigo grew up in Rocinha. He takes you through the neighborhood and even back to friends and parents house. A really authentic perspective of favela life and his views on pre and post pacification were very thought provoking......I have taken this tour with another company and while not bad, it did not provide the personal insight that Rodrigo can provide. Really a special tour from the motorcycle ride up the hill....wow......to the daunting perspective of life in a favela from Rodrigo....
We then took the Dos Irmaos hike which was not at all disappointing....wonderful view of Ipaneama, Lagoa and beyond. You head up to the top of Vidigal and from there take the trail to the top....a good workout up the hill....but we'll worth it. Mary Ellen and Rodrigo both accompanied us up and great conversation with a young bi-cultural couple living an extraordinary experience in Vidigal and Rio.....thanks so much Mary Ellen and Rodrigo....we wish you both the best.....Valeo!!!!

Visited March 2013
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me c, Manager at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thanks so much for the great review. It was a pleasure to spend two days with you and your family. We hope we get the chance to see you back in Rio sometime soon, you're always welcome to come visit us! All the best. Abraços!
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New York City, New York
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“Dois Irmaos Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Unique experience off the beaten tourist path. A motorcycle taxi whizzes you from the entrance of Vidigal to the trail head. From there it's a moderate hike to the top with great views of Rio rarely seen by anyone. Our guide, Rodrigo, was very friendly, talkative and informative. Back in Vidigal we walked through the Favela main street to a shop that sold delicious Acai treats.

Visited February 2013
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me c, Manager at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We hope you are able to return and explore more of Rio off the beaten path! Abaraços
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