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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 tour and a fantastic guide

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alan D
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Ayrshire, Scotland
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Ayrshire, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Swansea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Arezzo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although I was not entirely convinced of doing this kind of tour, now I'm very glad I took it. First of all, our guide Luciola was very informative and told us so many interesting details and facts on the favelas. We visited two different favelas, Rocinho and Vila Canoas, and we got a real insights on the other side of... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My tour was absolutely awesome. I did the jeep tour. I guess we were lucky we had a great guide. Hopped on a jeep then walked thru the favela.... Lot's of other jeep tours are not so great so proceed with caution. My other jeep tour the tour guide crashed into another truck....

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

Visually striking places with people living in difficult circumstances just going about their day. Felt safe throughout the 3 hour tour. Glad we went.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting tour even if it was a sanitised version of a sanitised favella. The people seemed happy as they went about business. Some of the things we learned: Started around 1888 when slavery was abolished. Brazil was the last country to do this. They took to unused/wanted land and built makeshift buildings and gradually improved them. At that... More 

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Doha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a very unique trip. To see all the poverty but the same time place full of life, not sugar coated but just to the roots of what we all came from. I liked to observe my teenage daughter who has everything and confronted with other side of life she was quite shocked and maybe some more thankful for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely recommend this for your visit to Rio for a change from the beach and shopping. I went on a tour led by Alfredo with about 10 other people. We visited two favelas, Rocinho and Vila Canoas. The first is large, looks like any normal town or city with shops and restaurants etc. And the view of the sea was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Highlight of our time in Rio. Really interesting learning about the recent history and pacification of the favelas. I would recommend a non-Brazilian guide who is impartial on the matter of pacification, our English guide told us about the negative effects as well as positive ones which was v interesting. Also, be sure to ride to the top on a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

The actual part of the tour in the favela was interesting. But this tour promised many things it did not deliver such as visiting a local school which has benefited from the income raised from these type of tours. Also on the website it said the tour ran for 3 hours. Ours only ran for 2 hours. The website also... More 

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