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Favela Tour

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Address: Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number:
055(21) 3322-2727
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life...

Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life in Rio's favelas, it is highly recommended you book a tour with a reputable favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact the community.

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We had a great Three hours with an excelent guide: Cicago witout the c = Ciago Not only he gave us all interesting background on favelas he also gave us a good and entertaing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Helsingborg, Sweden

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I believe it's important for people to see and feel how others live around our world. It may give us a greater appreciation for what we have and/or it may lead to an appreciation of how others manage their lives with much less than we have. On this tour we learned that some favelas are not we expect. There are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour was a bit slow and boring and when I compared tours that my friends did their seemed like a lot more fun including bike rides. We hardly went 200 metres into the Favela's so didn't get to see as much as we'd like to/our friends had. Next time we'll be sure to do more research into the different... More 

Thank Didem P
Helsingborg, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great Three hours with an excelent guide: Cicago witout the c = Ciago Not only he gave us all interesting background on favelas he also gave us a good and entertaing insight of Rio, Brasil and South of America. The tour was well planned and the guide made it super interesting.

Thank coolaola63
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hi, I personally made the FAVELA TOUR that seemed the best reputed one, so I choosed the one offered by Marcelo Armstrong. I think this was the best choice ever. I had himself as guide it it was fabulous, Marcelo speaks excellent English as well as French as he made the tour bilingual. He is well known in the favela... More 

1 Thank meinreye
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellently organised tour. Marcelo was quick to reply to emails and helpful. Our tour guide was excellent. I chose this tour as I enjoyed seeing the contrast between the two different favelas that we visited. Tour guide had excellent English and gave a realistic insight into life in a favela. I loved visiting the schools that the tour group supports,... More 

Thank halo2me
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heard about this tour and company through Rio websites and some printed guides. It was a very useful and enlightening tour, it helped give a more balanced account of the perception of favelas both in the papers and portrayed on film. Marcelo was a knowledgeable, friendly and charming guide - happy to answer any questions we had and made the... More 

Thank Blacksteel79
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

I felt this was a not to be missed tour, as the favelas are so much a part of Rio de Janeiro.Although perhaps regarded as slums our guide told us that the favelas are where the working people of Rio live - taxi drivers, waiters, hotel staff etc. Its amaxing how units are built upon units and as you stroll... More 

1 Thank Carol K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

I know doing a favela tour seems like a risky thing to be doing, but it is a must. Seeing the real Rio is really eye opening. It was amazing to see the way the people lived and also seeing how amazingly happy they all were. Everyone was happy to see us, and welcome us into their colourful web of... More 

Thank Annie M
Taipei, Taiwan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I have to say, the tour guide was super friendly and this was a great tour HOWEVER, the tour guide spoke only spanish/ portugese and no English or any other language. We don't pay money to have other tourists translate what the tour guide is saying to us. The tour guide said the information in Spanish it was then translated... More 

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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

I saw a favela from a window of my hotel room in Copacabana and decided to take a tour. We went to the favela Rocinha. I was told that there is a kind of law: not to create troubles inside the favela, so the tourist can be sure nobody will grab a camera or a bag in a favela. I... More 

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