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Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Favela Da Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro
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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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I loved going round the Favela's. We went with a tour but I don't think it was really necessary. I wasn't at all intimidated. We were called 'Gringo' at one point but it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Queensland, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the cheapest tours around and guide was really great. He actually lives in Rocinha and was able to tell us all about the community and how they live. At no point did any of us feel like we were on a safari staring at the locals,which I had originally thought may be the case. He told... More 

Thank Nonie606
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved going round the Favela's. We went with a tour but I don't think it was really necessary. I wasn't at all intimidated. We were called 'Gringo' at one point but it was just a bit of fun as far as I was concerned. The hotel we were staying in was facing the beach and the favela's were on... More 

Thank ThisisChris
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We went with a tour, which brought us through some narrow alleys to a house on higher ground. The way up is quite steep and comes with irregular steps. There we have a very good view of the area. We were presently surprised to note that the favela has electricity & water supply. Some houses have air-conditioning.

Thank ZhaoXiuMei
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We did a walking tour of Rocinha with favelatours.org, an NGO that seeks to introduce tourists to the largest favela in Rio. We booked via email with Zezinho, a Brazilian/American who moved back to Rio after spending decades living in the States. We had a young, energetic, and knowledgeable guide Carlos, who picked us up at our hotel and took... More 

Thank AAMiles
Milan, Italy
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this tour as the favela was in much better shape than I expected with electricity and water in most houses. The people were also very nice and it felt like a safe place to be in with a guided tour.

Thank sheiletta80
Hoorn, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

After trip was booked via Viatour an agent called to check with me because my hotel was not on their pick up route. They sent a guide to pick me up from the hotel and met with the group to start the walk. I was very pleased with this service. Tour was fantastic, I never felt safer in a city…... More 

Thank gillylue
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Rocinha Favela by private Taxi after asking around and finding a taxi driver that spoke English and had connections in Rocinha, although this is most likely one of the most open to the tourist Favela's it is still not somewhere that you should freedom walk. Rocinha is home to ~200,000 people and the area is up on... More 

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

We went to Rocinha favela on a guided tour. On arrival it looked almost like many other small poor city areas we have seen, but when you get behind the scenes, i.e. get behind the small buildings, take the steep stairs in the very narrow alleys - then you discover how different and primitively the people live here. Interesting to... More 

Thank Ken A
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

a lot of trash armed men and cables in all places. Very dangerous. I saw people armed with AR15 a kind of gun to war up in motorcycles.

Thank Gisele S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Could not visit beyond a few blocks of this famous/notorious slum(favela). The person I was with is a Carioca with a black belt in Judo. Even he was scared of the place. It gave the place a special aura. Even more for aura, when I first tried to visit it in October 2015, the place was under lockdown by the... More 

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