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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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One of my Rio highlights

The trick to a successful and informative visit to the Favelas is the tour guide. Our trip was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Emesjay
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Cape Town, South Africa
Excellent tour with Pablo

We decided on doing a Favela tour of Rocinha and checked the websites for the service we required... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jacktripper12
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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“vila canoas” (30 reviews)
“eye opening” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The trick to a successful and informative visit to the Favelas is the tour guide. Our trip was arranged by an agent cruising Copacabana beach and the guide was a young resident in the Favela. Alex was incredibly enthusiastic and as a local had extensive...More

1  Thank Emesjay
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided on doing a Favela tour of Rocinha and checked the websites for the service we required and was lucky enough to come across Zezinho who runs the tours and supports the local children in the community through his involvement in the DJ school,...More

1  Thank jacktripper12
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a tour of the Rocinha favela with a tour operator near our hotel two blocks from Copacabana Beach not really knowing what to expect. On the day it was raining pretty bad but we had 8 people on the guided tour. We drove...More

1  Thank jandI6915VY
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

It was my second time on the tour, my first experience was very good. However during my time in Rio my credit card was scammed for a significant amount of money. After the bank investigated the time and date of the fraud, I realised that...More

3  Thank Luuka J
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

We booked through TripAdvisor. The dates were incorrect but as soon as I whatsapp’d the contact details provided, they responded really quickly. We were picked up on time and our guide, Carlos, was extremely friendly and courteous. Not only is he knowledgeable, he speaks English...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

I thought the tour was average. Visited Rochina after learning some facts (shared by the tour guide) on the flavela itself and how it operates as well as some background and history. Once we arrived we stopped off to visit local artists where their work...More

Thank Sang06
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Firstly, all communication with Marcelo that I had was prompt and efficient. The tour provided a return transfer from my hotel and arrived exactly on time (no mean feat considering the traffic conditions) We soon arrived at the 1st favela Rocinha which I knew had...More

2  Thank Matt G
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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

There are two things you HAVE to do in Rio: go up the mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue up close AND do the Favela Tour run by Marcelo Armstrong. We travel the world constantly and the Favela Tour was an amazing and...More

4  Thank Kathy E
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

I was on the Marcelo Armstrong tour and I learnt more about Rio and Brazil in 3 hours than I had in the previous week. Fascinating insight that is highly recommended.

1  Thank Graeme E
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Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

First off all, i never wrote a single review (either positive of negative) after 13 months of traveling. This happend after the first time I wrote one: I was not happy about my conversation with Marcelo on whatsapp and I decided to share this experience...More

8  Thank Henk S
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Kahueka H
December 29, 2017|
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Response from Tammy-loulou | Reviewed this property |
We did the tour on a Sunday afternoon 👍🏻
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Villa57
October 26, 2017|
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Response from Morgana O | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes about 4 hours and the cost it’s £24, about (R$100 real) I would recommend “BE A LOCAL TOURS” With patrick gripp gibaja as your guide, as he does speak English and he is a very good guide. Hope you enjoy bro... More
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May 24, 2017|
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Response from DavidiHermelin | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not... Enjoy!! :-)
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