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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Annie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank morganyyang
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We went in a Favela tour in Rocinha, the largest of the favelas, booked through our hotel. The groups usually are in 10-15 people, and a guide who has lived/lives in the favela. This tour will give you a whole new look into the life in a favela, and might surprise you in the kinds of amenities many of the... More 

Thank Lars H
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a must if you have time during your stay in Rio. Book directly with Michelo Armstrong. Trips are in small groups and you get taken to two favelas. The first is small where you can mooch the back streets. The second is a really large favela where you see it functioning as a community. Our guide (Paulo) was... More 

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I did an organised Favela tour. The tour was incredibly eye opening to us both with the conditions that the locals have to live in. We were however surprised to see that they had set up their own wifi connection and many people had sky tv. The hygiene and sanitation was poor, and you could smell sewage... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

We found this tour in a hotel brochure. Although a little hesitant, we decided to go for it. It was very enlightening. Was very surprised to see that you could find anything in this favela. Pharmacies, dentists and even vetenarians. Really worth the experience. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable.

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

An opportunity to visit and walk among the people of the favelas. It's both informative and inspirational. The people have characteristics that you'll quickly admire and marvel at their history and day to day lives. You haven't visited Rio until you include this experience in your visit.

Thank SouthernTraveler913
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

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 

Thank diannehoge
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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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