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Favela Tour

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Address: Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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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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Fascinating and insightful tour with excellent guide

Just come back from a really fascinating and insightful half day tour around two favelas. The guide - Barbara - was really knowledgeable and provided interesting insight into the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ken R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just come back from a really fascinating and insightful half day tour around two favelas. The guide - Barbara - was really knowledgeable and provided interesting insight into the communities. She provided lots of interesting anecdotes as well as the social, political and economic context to how these communities came about and developed. I was not really sure about visiting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Rio de Janeiro in March 2016 and booked a Favela tour that was excellent. A small bus picked me up near the hotel in the early afternoon. We were 9 people in total and Alberto, our tour guide was excellent. He not only spoke several languages, which made it easy for him to connect with us tourists,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

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 January 11, 2017

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 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

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.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 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 

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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 

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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 

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