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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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Great insight into this side of Rio - a must do!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Gillian R
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Thank JacquiRagin
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Hoi An
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank JuliaNetherlands
Gloucester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Thank marie o
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Louise U
Titchfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide Thiago was extremely knowledgeable about the favelas and life in Rio. He gave us an incredible insight into how the favelas developed, the problems and the situation now. This tour really should be a must for anyone visiting Rio.

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Ayrshire, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

This was a fantastic opportunity to meet real Brazilian people and I found it a really interesting experience as the people were so friendly and welcoming. Our guide, Edson was superb and we all felt at ease walking round an area of Rio that you would not dare walk around on your own. I loved every minute of this tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much for booking us in last minute and picking us up from our hotel. Our guide was amazing, patient and extremely knowledgable. The trip allowed us to visit a school in the favela, meet the children and speak to the teacher. We had a drink in a local pub and walked around, taking pictures but showing respect.... More 

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