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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
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Amazing tour of Rocinha favela with Annabelle

Annabelle has lived in Rocinha and knows it well...including lots of the residents some of whom we talked to. Life in the favela is more complex than we read about with small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Annabelle has lived in Rocinha and knows it well...including lots of the residents some of whom we talked to. Life in the favela is more complex than we read about with small businesses, trash pickups, schools and medical clinics. We were driven up on motor scooters to top with amazing views not only of San Conrado, but back toward Ipanema,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This guy is the real deal. He's a former resident and seems to know everyone. He'll show you the real slum, not just the PC parts. His personality and the interactions with the residents were half the fun, honestly. We followed this guy for 4h as he bantered his way through the huge slum. You can ask to see specific... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This morning we embarked on a favela tour!!! It was amazing. Easy to book, good pick up location and very safe. It was extremely interesting and the guide - Paulo was amazing. I would highly recommend.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on Favella tour - arranged just a couple of days in advance. Guide Elia spoke very good english and vwry knowledgeable. You could see well respected by the communities being visited. tour takes you to two contrasting favellas - one large and one with government involvement! Great insight into the favella community - both positive and negative aspects. got... More 

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Thank Gillian R
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A big thanks to Freddie our tour guide and Zezinho (tour organizer) to this amazing experience. We saw first hand how the people of the Rocinha favela live. Freddie spoke English very well and answered all our questions. Like most visitors to the favela it is a very humbling experience, especially when we visited the creshe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

The trip to the favelas was something I really wanted to do when I came to Rio and I wasn't disappointed. It was a very humbling experience. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and gave us a lot of interesting information about the history of Brazil and also about the favelas. The people were very friendly and at no... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

It was a very slow (too slow) walk which ended even half an hour shorter. At the end we had to visit the house of the manager of the tours to do the payment. It felt a bit strange. The purpose of the tour was good (to learn about life in a favela). I also liked the idea that part... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

We had an absolutely fantastic tour today of two Rio favelas--Rochina & Villa Canoas. I had sourced & became aware of Favela Tour from the Frommers Rio travel book as part of our Olympic experience. Our Favela Tour guide Luciola, spoke perfect English & had great knowledge of not only the favelas but everything Rio! Luciola was also very patient... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

You can't leave Rio without seeing amazing Rocinho Favela - this tour gives profits to a school ( which we visited). It's a wonderful entrepreneurial place and it was all safe and easy.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

We are an English family of four with 2 boys aged 9 & 10. We weren't sure what to expect on this tour but felt it was important to show our children how different areas in Brazil live. The tour was amazing. Luciole (sp?) our guide was very informative and clearly a friend in the Favelas. Her compassionate attitude came... More 

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