Guided tour

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider: LOCAL55 TRAVEL

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider: LOCAL55 TRAVEL
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Enjoy a walking tour at the Rocinha Favela in Rio, the largest favela of Brazil, and learn about life in the city’s famous shanty towns. Take a respectful tour with a favela resident, meet the locals, experience their lives away from stereotypes.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the largest favela in Rio in a non-intrusive manner
  • Learn about life in Rocinha, the biggest favela in South America
  • Meet the locals and hear their stories
  • Cut through the stereotypes and sensationalist headlines, and explore a favela in safety
  • Marvel at the beautiful cityscape of Rio de Janeiro
Full description
Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups (average of 10 people) and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel at 13:25. Address: Av Atlantica 1702, Copacabana

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking through the favela
  •  Bring your camera
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 643 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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The tour gave a very good insight into the life of the people in the favela. We walked through the streets together and received many explanations. Our guide spoke very good English and told interesting things. Even in more dangerous corners where you shouldn't take pictures, we didn't feel unsafe. Our guide informed us in advance when we were allowed to take photos and when not. Pickup etc was all on time. Great tour!

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March 27, 2022

This tour was great! Unfortunately I cannot remember the gentleman's name who showed us around the favelas but he was brilliant. He spoke about the history and social structure of the favelas. It was just me and my partner on the tour and our tour guide really made us feel comfortable and welcomed. I would definitely book with this tour again.

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February 12, 2022

I visited Rio's biggest Favela called Rocinha. These informal settlements provide housing for over 200 000 residents. I was intrigued to see how a location like this survives without any governance. Yes, these communities are neglected by the government which is sad. To my surprise I saw so many businesses and so many friendly and happy people. Keep in mind that the community supports itself. The Favelas are full of narrow streets and maze-like alleys. If it's your first time visiting you will probably get lost. Something that stood out to me immediately was the incredibly steep hills. Favelas are usually built directly into steep hillsides. Motorbike taxis are the most common form of transportation around the Favela. My visit certainly altered my perspective of certain negative stereotypes associated with Favelas as I personally just viewed Favelas as extremely violent no go zones. Yes, gang presence can't be ignored but there are honest, hard working citizens in the Favela.

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March 1, 2020

Product ID: 41613