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“If you want to see a huge slum, go there”
Review of Rocinha

Rocinha
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$35.51*
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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro
Ranked #172 of 751 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I do not know why people want to visit slums. I have been here only because of business necessity but I see no redeeming features in visiting slums, unless one needs to see them to understand the horror of life in deep poverty.

5  Thank jbcarioca
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

I don not really understand why someone could ever want to visit this place. Extremelly unsafe, housing drug dealers. This place used to have a very good vegetation, "mata atlantica", devastated by now residents.
Do not listen to tour sellers. STEER CLEAR FROM THIS.

10  Thank cmagalha
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

The most famous favela in Rio, with a great view, on Academicos da Rocinha great concerts of Funk and Samba.

2  Thank Fernando V
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We went all the way up to the top of Rocinha by moto-taxi, and then we went down walking through the little streets. First we saw a very nice view in the third floor of a house, and, when we were going down, oh! In the same building there was a nice paintings shop, where we had to stay around 10 mins (the shop was only one small room). We continued going through the Rocinha’s streets, and, surprise! We just passed by a group of teenagers playing samba! (of course, you were asked to give a donation at the end of the show) 5 mins later they made us visit a nice barzinho, where we could try a nice set of salgados and doces at only 3$R/each! (Ipanema-prices, believe me, real prices in Rocina are much lower). Continued walking through the streets, and, oh! Two women had a small stand with bracelets and earings (only 3$R/each). We stayed near the stand around 10 more minutes... We were around 20 “gringos” (I know other favela tours were you can be 5-6, which makes the visit more personal), paying 65$R/each one, that’s a nice money for Be A Local! We could really feel they are aiming to earn money: nothing about making you visit a favela, nothing about trying to be friendy, making you live a nice experience, show you the favela live is a “normal” life... It’s really a pity... However, if I have given a 2 to this tour, it’s because I felt sure during the tour, it is safe, you can bring your camera without any problem, and you still get a nice view of Rocinha and Rio. Anyways, I had other friends doing tours with other organizations that didn’t have that “forcing you to spend” feeling. Conclusion: I recommend doing a Rocinha tour, don’t do it with bealocal!

1  Thank Lalesvi
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This was a fascinating insight into the everyday life of people living in the Rocinha Favela in the Rio Sul area of Rio de Janeiro.
Our contact: Paulo Amendoim (former president of the Residents Association now Champion to many social projects in the Favela).
Paulo is certainly a character and as an upstanding pillar of the community seemed to know almost everyone we passed! He was both informative and fun as we walked around the tiny alleys of Rocinha. Everyone was very friendly and not at all disturbed by our presence. We visited a local art gallery and met the artist who was lovely and not at all pushing to sell.
This shouldn't be considered as a tourist attraction because it isn't, but it is a very interesting social experience, one that we won't forget!

We booked our experience through Casa Beleza, and met Paulo outside a hotel in Copacabana before getting a van up to Rocinha. Paulo's email address: pauloamendoim8@hotmail.com

1  Thank JanenClare
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