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Favela Tour provided by Be a Local Tours

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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
About
Get an intimate glimpse into local life on a tour of Rocinha, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. This excursion provides a safe and comprehensive introduction to the favela for first-time visitors by offering insight into socioeconomic issues that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
See a different side of Rio de Janeiro on a favela tour
Forge a deeper connection to the city's culture
Get an intimate glimpse into the favela as you explore on foot
Hotel pickup and drop-off save you the stress of finding a meeting point
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 10931P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Exclusions
Food and drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
R. Barata Ribeiro, 111 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22011-001, Brazil
Inclusions
Local guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Exclusions
Food and drinks
Departure details
R. Barata Ribeiro, 111 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22011-001, Brazil
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    R. Barata Ribeiro, 111
    R. Barata Ribeiro, 111 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22011-001, Brazil
    See address & details
  • 1
    Rio de Janeiro
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Vamos de van até a parte alta da comunidade. Uma vez lá, começamos a percorrer o seu interior a pé, visitando várias localidades e conhecendo a vida local. O tour pode ocorrer tanto na Rocinha, quanto na comunidade de Tavares Bastos.
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  • You'll end at
    R. Barata Ribeiro, 111
    R. Barata Ribeiro, 111 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22011-001, Brazil
    See address & details
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Popular mentions

5.0
435 reviews
Excellent
373
Very good
46
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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David C
1 contribution
Great tour
Nov 2020 • Friends
The tour guide was fantastic and very informative. The view of life in the favela was eye opening. Would highly recommend the tour company and especially Fernando the tour guide.
Written November 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Victoria P
317 contributions
Favela
Feb 2020
We met the tour guide (Patrick) at a hostel of their choosing. It was a timely pickup and a full van of younger individuals. This tour is not for the weak of heart. Within these small alleyways it is teaming with life. Families, businesses, bakeries, storefronts, animals and gangs. Must be able to walk in narrow pathways and climb steep stairs. The guide was very clear about being able to follow his directions. It was clear that he was known and respected within the favela. He wanted his reputation to stay that way and that is why it was important to listen to his guidance. It was an eye opening experience. They dropped us off closer than where we met them which was helpful.
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Victoria, how are you? Thanks for your review and feedback, it is really important to us. We are glad the you enjoyed and took a nice life experience to home. Hope to see you soon, all the best, Be a Local Tours Team
Written March 6, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sasha Faridoon N.
2 contributions
Amazing experience of the Favela
Feb 2020 • Friends
Me and my friend wanted to see and learn more about the Favelas in Rio. This tour provided both a real and unique way to see and experience one of the biggest Favelas in Brazil. Our guide Fernando gave us great information and a good insight of how things work in the Favela. We had no problems walking trough the narrow streets of the Favela and got to see genuine local people and their daily business. Highly recommended for those that want to see the real Favela.
Written February 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it is really important to us. We are happy that you enjoyed the experience and hope to see you soon. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
Written March 2, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bear
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
Favela tout
Feb 2020 • Friends
Patrick was a good guide. It was eye opening to experience this poorer neighborhood. There are many smells and a lot of excrement so watch your step. We passed a few men with guns (Patrick said to not share this so don’t tell him I told you). These organized gang guys did not alarm me, because they don’t seem to have any interest in harming tourists. We stopped at a small art studio (40-100 real average optional purchase). We also stopped at a small bakery (5-15 real optional purchase). Only take photos when your guide says it’s ok. If you want to volunteer for 2 weeks or more, go to the “bealocal” website.

I highly recommend this tour.
Written February 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, how are you? Thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it is really important to us. We are glad that you liked the experience and hope to see you soon. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
Written February 29, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ana B
11 contributions
Very interesting, efficient and knowledgeable guide.
Feb 2020
Everyone should do this tour - such an interesting flip side of life in Rio. The guide was full of information about how the favela works and we had insights into the daily life, the drug gangs and even visited a day centre for infants. Very efficient pick up from hotel - everything worked like clockwork.
Written February 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, thanks a lot for your feedback and review, it was a pleasure to have you with us and we all hope to see you soon. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
Written February 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

samuelpB7182HI
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Great Tour
Dec 2019
The tour of the Favella in Rocinha was amazing, it was good having a local guide who was knowledgable and passionate and came from the Favella and knew everybody that lived in the favella. I felt safe the entire time and felt that there was a real feeling of community on display. Would highly recomend this tour and I like that the proceeds are reinvested into the community school.
Written January 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Samuel, thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it was a pleasure to have you with us. All the best, Be a Local Tours Team
Written January 29, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Peterisme
Baltimore, MD20 contributions
Favela Firsthand, safe, exciting and thoughtful
What a wonderful, thoughtful and insightful tour of Favela Rocinha. Fernando, our guide knows the place, the people and the history both modern and old of the neighborhood on the hill.

We were captivated by everything we saw, talked about and explored. With several stops along the tour down through the narrow maze of small alleys we enjoyed meeting artists, shop owners and musicians accompanied by dancing children.

Fernando we incredibly in tune with the favela, giving us guidance as to when it was safe to take pictures or not. Not once did we feel threatened or unsafe, nor were we met by any folks begging or asking for handouts. It’s clear that Fernando is accepted by the people of the favela and understands and thoughtful translates and navigates the culture for his guests!

Overall, an amazing few hours with a great guide, a comfortable air conditioned van and an excellent driver!
Written January 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Peter, thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it was a pleasure to have you with us and we all hope to see you back soon. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
Written January 28, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Birdwoman1959
Buenos Aires, Argentina58 contributions
Incredible experience we will never forget
The service from the company is fantastic our tour guide Patrick spoke good English and Spanish and provided all of us on the tour an insight it too how life in a Favela is,the structure of its workings and it’s history. A very passionate guide that will lead you though the alleys of Rocinha Favela with care and respect for those that live there and show you a side of the real Brazil and it’s real people. Christ the redeemer, sugar loaf mountain, the Beaches etc all play there part in Rio’s attraction but theres a special beauty in the favela’s and in those that live there that’s hard to put into words or see in pictures, so you’ll just have to go and do it yourselves you won’t regret it and we will never forget! Thanks again Patrick your a Legend
Written January 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi thanks a lot for your reveiw and feedback, it was a pleasure to have you with us and we all hope to see you soon. happy new year, cheergs, Be a Local Tours Team
Written January 2, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gregsullivan2016
Ebbw Vale, UK8 contributions
Favela Tour - Rocinha
Nov 2019
Patrick took us from top to bottom, visiting a bakery (delicious), murals, local artist and also a children's nursery. The tour took in good vantage points to take photos but Patrick was clear on when we should NOT take photos. You realise the depth of social deprivation so be generous and buy something at every stop, it is very cheap and the locals deserve something for their hospitality. I felt safe in the large group and with an excellent guide, but my advise would be don't even think of going on your own. Highly recommended, if only to realise why to Tip at cafes, bars and restaurants because many of those serving you actually live in the Favelas.
Written December 22, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Great review and point of view. Thanks again for your triple message. You get the real idea of what our tour wants to show. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
Written December 23, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nien k
1 contribution
Favela tour with Fernando bearelocal
Dec 2019 • Business
Fernando is a really good tour guide. He told us a lot about the Favela. It was really interested to see how the people live in Rochina. I really recommend this tour.
Written December 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi how are you? Thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it was a pleasure to have you with us and we all hope to see you soon. All the best, Be a Local Tours Team
Written December 18, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Rio city tour
We did this tour during Carnival when most companies either canceled or shortened their tours. They did the entire
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Football game at Maracana
My partner and I wanted to go to a football match during our week in Rio. We met a friend from another tour in Rio
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Great, very insightful and enjoyable
I took two tours with them, one of the City and one of the Favella. Both guides were exceptionally knowledgeable an
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Very knowledgeable auide, Insightful, fun and accomodating
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Super
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Great Guide, Good value!
Really well funktioning tour around main attractions of Rio d J. Guide speaked many languages and took good care of
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Best experience!
The perfect tour you can visit the main attractions of the city with a good guide! And is very comfortable with you
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Nice trip with the highlights of rio
Nice trip overall. The time spent at each location was a little short but again, it was a balance of doing many thi
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Perfect!!!
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