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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro provided by Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro
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About
FAVELA TOUR is indispensable if you look for a deeper perspective on many aspects of Brazil`s complex socioeconomic structure. Tour integrates visitors and locals revealing a new angle of favelas and its people, changing their reputation of exclusion only. You will go to Rocinha, largest favela in Brazil, and Vila Canoas, both nearby São Conrado area and from there you will see impressive views. We walk you through both residential and commercial area and around there you may also purchase nice handcrafts, if you wish. We will also lead you to a local school financed by FAVELA TOUR, and show other local community projects. Favelas are safer than most people believe, but no matter how adventurer you are, go to a favela with an organized tour. We are the pioneer of social tours to favelas since early 1992. If you really want to understand Brazil better, don´t leave Rio missing the FAVELA TOUR. We do not offer tours on sunday PM. Tours need minimum quorun to go.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 122228P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We can make pick ups from most Hotels/accommodations in the South Zone of Rio. Please indicate the Hotel/place you are staying during your reservation and if your Hotel is not listed please still inform us of your place of stay.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Não operamos tours nos domingos a tarde. Tours sujeitos a quorum minimo para a confirmação final
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We can make pick ups from most Hotels/accommodations in the South Zone of Rio. Please indicate the Hotel/place you are staying during your reservation and if your Hotel is not listed please still inform us of your place of stay.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Não operamos tours nos domingos a tarde. Tours sujeitos a quorum minimo para a confirmação final
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Rocinha
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Arriving in Rocinha, explanation about the architecture, public services, local cultural aspects, carnival etc... Visiting the Rocinha handcraft center. Going to a local terrace, pause for pictures and images of a breathtaking view over Rocinha and Rio, talks about the security, local infrastructure and other aspects of favelas and favela life. Driving down through the "Estrada da Gávea", a former F1 race track. Walking on the commercial and central area. Visiting the "MORANGUINHOS" or "SACI SABE TUDO" community schools. These social projects are financed by FAVELA TOUR. Besides regular classes, the school teaches local kids initial computer skills, English classes, music, capoeira, ballet classes etc... These projects have absolutely no financial support from Brazilian government.
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    Pass by
    Copacabana Beach
    Leblon Beach
    Ipanema Beach
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Erin G
Maui, HI165 contributions
Great and informative tour
I really enjoyed the experience of seen the favela. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone hoping to visit the favela.
Written 11 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rick N
Sao Paulo, SP10 contributions
A definite must in Rio!!!
At first, I was quite reluctant to close this tour since we are talking about visiting “one of the most dangerous places in the city.”

To my surprise, it was quite the contrary. Marcelo and his team made us feel quite safe and at ease in all places we visited.

For being Brazilian and having been raised in Rio, Marcelo is quite knowledgeable about its culture, politics, education, you name it. And best of it all is that he shares his views with us as we walk down the alleys, a fascinating lesson in Latin American reality at its core.

To me, this tour was the highlight of my 5-day stay in this city, topping the more popular Christ the Redeemer and the Sugar Loaf. Of course, they are amazing sights to check out but taking this “Favela Tour” has made my experience in Rio so much more enriching, touching me as a human being and making me grow as a world traveler.
Written 26 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Helen S
12 contributions
Absolute must when in Rio
We did this tour in January 2020 and I have to say it was an absolute highlight for us. We managed to arrange this on the same day and the organisation was extremely smooth. Our guide was so knowledgeable and I really felt I had learnt something on this tour. This is a must when in Rio so don’t miss out!!! I also felt perfectly safe...
Written 15 February 2020
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Nicky H
5 contributions
Favela Tour
Feb 2020 • Solo
This Favela tour in Rio de Janeiro gives a good understanding of Favelas - we visited Vila Canoas and Rocinha. It included a visit to a school in Rocinha too - interesting to see how this community project initiative is working in practice. Marcelo’s (the guide) passion to share his knowledge and answer questions is evident. Highly recommend!
Written 14 February 2020
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AbbieLawson
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK65 contributions
Insightful tour
Sep 2019
Our tour guide Barbara was very knowledgeable of all the areas we visited and her English (as well as other languages that she knew) were very good! We always felt very safe both in and around the favelas. There were lots of opportunities to ask questions and Barbara took us to some amazing places for photographs. We also had the chance to purchase local artwork from the locals in the favelas, which was a great reminder of my time there. Overall I felt it was an ethical and very meaningful experience that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Rio!
Written 2 February 2020
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BKVold1
2 contributions
Favela Tour
Very interesting tour! Highly recommended. Very good guid. The tour also visited a children's and youth sports activity center for helping the young living in the Pavela we visited
Written 1 February 2020
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Amy H
Dublin, Ireland36 contributions
Unique experience
This is the best tour I have done in a long time and could not recommend it highly enough. It was a thoroughly worthwhile experience, I learned a lot and gained a new perspective on life in the favelas. Our guide Barbara was excellent and at no point did I feel unsafe.
Written 22 January 2020
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Annamaria M
2 contributions
Tour guided
Jan 2020 • Couples
In general, I would recommend to visit favelas. The tour guide was not emphatic at all with people. Often he walked alone without care of the group, and we were a small group.
Generally it is good because the tour guide picked you up at the hotel and for the places.
For 35 euros per person, I expected more.
Written 10 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Compass44368675695
Hello. Your comments and criticism that should be constructive, the way it came seens quite vague and does not really help in the pursuit of a better service quaility, Please inform when you made the tour ( what exact date and period( morning /afternoon)) who was your guide name ( male/female) otherwise in a team, no matter small one, we cannot identify who was the guide you called not emphatic or I will wonder if you are not changing operators... And regarding the cost, to who have you paid EUR 35 per person, our price has never been that high up. so that really surprises me.
Written 11 January 2020
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ihitak
Washington DC, DC25 contributions
Insightful and well organized tour!
Jan 2020
I went back and forth on whether to book this tour, and I can honestly say I'm so glad I did, because it was one of the main highlights of my trip to Brazil!

First off, let's discuss logistics - pre-tour communication was timely and prompt. The tour provider reached out seeking information on the pick-up location and confirmed the pick-up time within a few hours of booking. Pick-up was exactly on time and so was the drop-off - this is the only tour I did for my entire stay in Brazil that was so well timed and organized!

Moving on to the content - our guide was Thiago and he was pleasant from the beginning. He encouraged questions and conversation, and was willing to answer all items thrown his way. He gave us insightful overviews, historical background, and provided a glimpse into life today in the favelas. We never once felt unsafe with him, and I mention this because before attending the tour, safety was one of my top concerns.

Don't hesitate to book this tour - it's reasonably priced, deeply insightful, and well organized!
Written 6 January 2020
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Stanton S
Fallls Church, Va.19 contributions
Excellent tour, but perhaps not for senior citizens
Dec 2019
Patrick was an excellent tour leader. He filled us in on political and economic aspects of recent history of Brazil. And on the tour, he was knowledgeable and helpful. This is arduous for senior citizens as the terrain is very uneven and there are almost no handrails.
Written 15 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong
sandyj702
sandyj702
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A fascinating trip to the favelas
Our guide , Barbara, was very knowledgeable and interesting. She showed us the other side of the favelas, away from
Jbois123
Jbois123
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Great tour of this historical favela
I took this tour today and I must say what a great experience this was. Barbara our guide was phenomenal!! She know
YoidoreTenshi
YoidoreTenshi
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Nice tour and great guide
Thiago is a great guide! I was some few minutes late and they waited for me. Polite and very safe atmosphere, you w
SA4LIFE1
SA4LIFE1
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RIO Favela Walking Tour A Must!!!!!
This was an amazing eye opening experience. As Carlos the tour guide put it "seeing 2 countries in 1". I absolutely
MadsfromNorway
MadsfromNorway
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Great favela tour
We had a great favela tour with Edson as guide. He was very communicative and friendly and showed us all the quirky
Ripwalk
Ripwalk
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Fantastic! Don’t miss it
Barbara is awesome and really makes it come alive. She has a genuine love and care for the people of the favelas. D
maranne0
maranne0
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Must do!
We did the Rocinha favela walking tour with Carlos. It was fantastic despite the pouring rain. Carlos is a passion
PJMS2014
PJMS2014
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Terrible tour
be warned don't go on this tour its political and dangerous wouldn't do it again ever Flavelas are not safe no matt
Victoria1126
Victoria1126
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Excellent Tour
The tour was superb. Our guide Barbara was simply the best. She gave detailed information about the history of the
lars l
lars l
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Very very very GOOD
Very well organized. The guide was so interested/interesting and tour was very safe. Very impressed by the favelas
regi13_12
regi13_12
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Wow !!!!!!!!!!
try to visit the rochinia favela, very interesting place,very impressing place visit the school and the copoeira d
Ashley D
Ashley D
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Great Tour
This was an incredible experience and was very interesting. Some of the homes were guarded by heavy security and no
Lizzieka
Lizzieka
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Must do tour of Rochina Favela
The Favela tour was recommended by a friend. It did nit disappoint. Patrick was our guide and he was knowledgable,
hollywood_9
hollywood_9
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Extremely interesting
Fantastic 3 hours spent travelling to and around two of Rio's favelas. One being Rochina, the largest one in Brazil
MuneerAdamjee
MuneerAdamjee
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Living Rio
A very intimate tour of 2 Favelas, Rio and Brazil. Marcelo wears his heart on his sleeve as he unveils the truths o
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