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“An unforgetable experience!”

CaRioca Free Culture
Ranked #158 of 475 Tours in Rio de Janeiro
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Bielefeld, Germany
1 review
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“An unforgetable experience!”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

The favela tour with Rodrigo was one of our most impressive activities during our visit of Brasil.
We heard about favela tours and first we had doubts about this kind of tour. We didn’t want to do a tour like a tourist safari – sitting in a bus taking pictures of people, houses and streets.
But as we read some really good recommendations on tripadvisor for Carioca free culture we decided to try it. The fact that Rodrigo grew up in Rocinha and knows this place was probably one of the reasons why we decided to take part of his tour.
To get in touch with Rodrigo and his wife is quite easy – we wrote an email and few hours later we got their answer containing all information for our favela tour on the next day: meeting point, time to meet, price and a little description. The tour started at Ipanema Beach where we took a minibus that brought our group of 10 persons to the entrance of Rocinha favela which is the biggest favela in South America.
To get to the top of the moro we took a motorcycle taxi which was an exciting and funny experience at the same time. From there, we walked through the narrow alleys of the favela for about four hours. Rodrigo and his colleague took us to places in the favela from which we had wonderful views on both – Rio de Janeiro with the Sugarloaf and Christo but also on the mass of little coloured houses in Rocinha.
During the walk, Rodrigo told us many stories about the past of the favela, current developments and threats for the social structure and life in a favela. He made possible that we could enter in private houses and really see the way of life of people in favelas.
If you look for a favela tour – do it with cultureoffavela. You will have a unique time!

Visited March 2013
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Hemel Hempstead, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Rocinha Flavela tour”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

What an amazing afternoon from the lively motor bike ride up through the Flavela, to the great walking tour provided by our guide Rodrigo which included meeting his family and friends and provided a great insight into life in Rocinha. Rodrigo spoke excellent English and answered numerous questions. A real highlight of my visit to Rio. I would highly recommend, just come with an open mind and enjoy.

Visited May 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Great!!!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The favela tour was definitely one of the most memorable parts of our visit in Rio! Really interesting tour, we even went to Rodrigo's (our guide) house in Rocinha and met his welcoming mother! It was quite an experience, I would recommend it to anyone! :) Thank you Rodrigo for such a nice tour!

Visited May 2013
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me c, Owner at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Yay! Thanks a lot for your review. It was great to have you as a guest in the community and also in my home. It was a pleasure to meet you, and thank so much for joining in and for your review, we really appreciate it! Abraços
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Very eye-opening tour”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Rodrigo is a very honest and open person who helps you see live in the favelas through an insider's eyes. He helped us really understand the changes that have happened over the past couple years--both the positives and negatives. The tour is very relaxed and yet you get to really see and understand that life in the favelas is not so different that many other places in the world. You get to see some fantastic views as well. Thanks so much, Rodrigo, for sharing your life with us!

Visited April 2013
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me c, Owner at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you so much for joining us! So great to meet you and also learn a little about you! This is also a very important part for us, to make these global connections, and bring everyone a little a closer. We really appreciate your review! all the best, Abraços
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Not to be missed!!”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

If you want a real, thorough insight into the heart & soul of Rio, then Rodrigo is the person who can show you exactly that with the Cocinha Favela tour. It is really An unforgettable experience that I cannot recommend highly enough!

Visited April 2013
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me c, Owner at CaRioca Free Culture, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Thank you so much for joining us in Rocinha! We're so glad we could work our schedule out with you, it was a pleasure to meet you. All the best! Abraços
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