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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727
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Safe and fascinating trip!

We are a family of four from Ireland, two adults and one 11 and one 14 year old. We were very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
305Diane
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Favela tour with Marcelo

We did a Favela tour with Marcelo Armstrong and it was an extremely interesting and eye opening... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Samantha W
via mobile
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Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life in Rio's favelas, it is highly recommended you book a tour with a reputable favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact the community.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“vila canoas” (30 reviews)
“eye opening” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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055(21) 3322-2727
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"money goes"
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"felt safe"
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"never felt unsafe"
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"their lives"
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"his life"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are a family of four from Ireland, two adults and one 11 and one 14 year old. We were very hesitant initially to do the tour with Marcelo due to security concerns however we are so glad we did it. We felt completely safe...More

Thank 305Diane
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did a Favela tour with Marcelo Armstrong and it was an extremely interesting and eye opening experience. He was an excellent guide and I would highly recommend him!

Thank Samantha W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a 3 hours tour and reasonably priced ($26 US per person). We walked through two favelas and learned the history up to the present. What made this tour impactful was the passion from our guide, Marcelo. He is definitely one who is trying...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Joined the Favela tour in late May 2018 and the guide was Marcelo Armstrong. He was very passionate. Lots of information and things to see (2 Favelas visited from memory). Unlike the others, my visit was an uneventful one (lucky me). Marcelo took us to...More

Thank MitchH8
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trick to a successful and informative visit to the Favelas is the tour guide. Our trip was arranged by an agent cruising Copacabana beach and the guide was a young resident in the Favela. Alex was incredibly enthusiastic and as a local had extensive...More

1  Thank Emesjay
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We decided on doing a Favela tour of Rocinha and checked the websites for the service we required and was lucky enough to come across Zezinho who runs the tours and supports the local children in the community through his involvement in the DJ school,...More

1  Thank jacktripper12
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

We booked a tour of the Rocinha favela with a tour operator near our hotel two blocks from Copacabana Beach not really knowing what to expect. On the day it was raining pretty bad but we had 8 people on the guided tour. We drove...More

1  Thank jandI6915VY
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

It was my second time on the tour, my first experience was very good. However during my time in Rio my credit card was scammed for a significant amount of money. After the bank investigated the time and date of the fraud, I realised that...More

4  Thank Luuka J
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We booked through TripAdvisor. The dates were incorrect but as soon as I whatsapp’d the contact details provided, they responded really quickly. We were picked up on time and our guide, Carlos, was extremely friendly and courteous. Not only is he knowledgeable, he speaks English...More

Thank Samantha N
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I thought the tour was average. Visited Rochina after learning some facts (shared by the tour guide) on the flavela itself and how it operates as well as some background and history. Once we arrived we stopped off to visit local artists where their work...More

Thank Sang06
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jdbernal2016
28 June 2018|
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Response from JoopOTheHague | Reviewed this property |
You can visit the site of favelatourrio or you can contact the organisation by sending an email to the former president of the residents of Rocinha: Paulo Amendoim or call him on +55 21 3322 8498
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Kahueka H
29 December 2017|
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Response from Tammy-loulou | Reviewed this property |
We did the tour on a Sunday afternoon 👍🏻
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Villa57
26 October 2017|
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Response from Morgana O | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes about 4 hours and the cost it’s £24, about (R$100 real) I would recommend “BE A LOCAL TOURS” With patrick gripp gibaja as your guide, as he does speak English and he is a very good guide. Hope you enjoy bro... More
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