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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro
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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

By Brazil Expedition
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Head to the largest hill favela in South America for a half-day walking tour. Learn about the Rocinha community and the daily lives of its inhabitants as you interact with them. Learn the history of Rio de Janeiro and this infamous place to gain a better idea of the economic and political factors that influence it.
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$34.00
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$34.00
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Ages 5-70, max of 14 per group
Duration: 4h
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Mobile ticket
Portuguese, English, Spanish

Highlights
  • Walk through Rocinha, the largest hill favela in South America, with a guide
  • Learn the history of the favela and interact with some of its residents
  • Get acquainted with economic and political factors that shape the society
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a small group of 10 or fewer

  • Transport
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meet at Copacabana Palace Hotel to begin this half-day walking tour of Rio’s largest hill favela, Rocinha. This is an educational tour organized by local guides and favela residents so that it doesn’t disturb the community. The tour aims to educate participants and show the daily life of its inhabitants to give a true perspective of the society to outsiders. Walk through small streets with no more than 10 guests to meet a few locals and listen to their stories. Discover the history of the favela as well as the challenges it faces, both past and present.

Departure details
  • Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil We are meeting by the statue in front of the Copacabana Palace Hotel
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10351P2

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Meeting point at Belmond Copacabana Palace at 13:25
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
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How much is Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
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What is the Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro?
Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro is hosted by Brazil Expedition. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Brazil Expedition on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10351P2

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Av. Atlântica, 1702
    Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil
    We are meeting by the statue in front of the Copacabana Palace Hotel
    See address & details
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    Rocinha
    Stop: 3 hours
    We will walk across the Favela of Rocinha and show you how life is in there
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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cobbster49
Brooklyn, NY31 contributions
Jan 2023
This tour was really informative and opened our eyes to world we had heard of, but knew nothing about. Our tour guide, Edmundo, was not only knowledgeable about life in the favela, but was also sympathetic to the people there and his ability to see the world through their eyes definitely added to the trip.
The favela can be a dangerous place if a person is blind to its realities, but Edmundo really understands how problems might arise and warns the group how to avoid tense situations with locals. His walking tour is part sightseeing, history lesson, sociology class and urban studies course. He combines all this info without being boring or stuffy. It is clear that Edmundo has a real passion for the subject and really cares about presenting the favela and its residents in a balanced and fair light. I would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to understand the reality of living in a Brazilian favela.
Written January 12, 2023
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Beatriz A
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
The tour was of the most interesting ones I had in a long time, the guide was really attentive and everything he said in spanish he always translated to English and vice versa to make sure everyone felt included. The guide also knew a lot of locals and which have the tour a really genuine feeling. Highly recommend it!
Written August 25, 2022
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Chan Boon Kian
Singapore, Singapore21 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
I enjoyed the tour of Rocinha favela by tour guide Edmundo. He is knowledgeable and has friends in the neighbourhood - in a way that made me feel safe walking around with him.
Written December 16, 2017
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lbramley
Bucharest, Romania88 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
This was an insiteful tour of the favela. Enjoyed walking through the narrow streets and seeing how people lived. Learnt a great deal. Tour guide was excellent.
Written August 2, 2019
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Compass23513802571
Thank you for your comment! We are all happy that we are doing a great job and also helping our new partner NGO- aceprojects.org If you have time take a look in the organization. All the best!
Written August 5, 2019
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FaithL089
Sydney, Australia83 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
It was easy to find the tour guide out the front of the Copacabana Palace Hotel. It took about 20 minutes to drive to Rocinha where we disembarked and walked up a steep hill to a vantage point above a house overlooking the favela. The tour was informative and our guide Wellington was passionate about showing tourists that favelas are filled with "real people" and nothing to be scared of. We felt safe on the tour but I am not sure I would venture there alone - particularly as it is very hard to navigate! During the tour we stopped at a local cafe to have lunch. Although it was nice to sit down and observe the locals it felt a little strange sitting there not eating (as we ate before the tour unaware that the tour included a stop at a cafe). I was interested to see people living in the favela who did not look like the sort of people one would expect to find living in a favela. It was definitely an eye opening experience.
Written January 1, 2019
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Diane H
Chester, UK19 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This was the best thing that we did in Rio by far. Excellent, knowledgeable tour guide(sorry I can’t remember his name) who took us round the twists and turns of the favela. Did not feel threatened once in the three hours that we spent there. My only criticism is that I could happily have spent a full day there, maybe eating in one of the local places could be included which would also put money back into the community. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Written September 27, 2018
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Hey Diane It's great that you liked it! And thanks for the feedback. It's a great idea to help the community and we are glad you think that way. Thank you!
Written December 13, 2018
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Emesjay
Cape Town, South Africa47 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Awesome tour by a resident of the Favela - well done to Alex Birkutz for an exciting tour. The pride the residents have in their neighbourhood is evident with the clean streets and welcoming charm. This is a must for any visitor to Brazil as it offers an insight into how the working class live. We felt totally safe at all times. Due to the nature of the narrow walkways and many stairs, not for the the elderly or families with very small children.
Written January 4, 2018
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bryan h
Rio de Janeiro, RJ2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Business
Nice sightseeing, I liked it! We met at Copacabana Palace, took a van to get the Rocinha Favela. We stopped in a viewpoint and suvenir’s shops, then all the way walking among the streets with an professional guide by your side.
Written August 22, 2022
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Leo C
3 contributions
Oct 2018
I couldn't believe the way they just build homes one on top of the other, or how the supermarket can leave pallets of liquor out on the street 24/7 and nothing gets touched for fear of getting bashed, (or worse), by the favela bosses.
Written September 3, 2019
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Mintybear
Rickmansworth, UK39 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
As a family of six, with our youngest being 15yrs old, we wanted to experience more of Rio than just the beaches and Caipirinha bars.
Martin, our excellent and informative guide, took our group on a rainy day to the Rocinha favela where we were privileged to meet the friendly, polite and hardworking local community and spend time exploring their fascinating and astoundingly resourceful world. A city within a city - the company’s promise of a non-intrusive visit was very much the case.
We all felt much safer in Rocinha than in downtown Rio and were encouraged to use our cameras and iPhones and were completely relaxed in doing so. Our son said it was the best day he had ever spent on a holiday - high praise indeed and a sentiment we all agreed with.
Many thanks to Martin, the company and the residents of Rocinha for providing us with such an eye-opening visit - uplifting proof of people’s creativity and community-spirit in the face of hardship.
Written August 14, 2019
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Compass23513802571
Thank you! Safe travels!
Written February 13, 2021
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