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Favela Walking Tour

Rua Assis Brasil 143 Apt 1506, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22451-264, Brazil
+55 21 98178-9239
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Our tour takes place in Rocinha - the largest favela in Latin America and it lasts about two and a half hour (2h and 30 min). In the late 18th century, the first settlements were called "bairros africanos" (African neighborhoods), and they were the place where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work lived. Over the years, many freed black slaves moved in. However, before the first settlement called "favela" came into being, poor black citizens were pushed away from downtown into the far suburbs. Most modern favelas appeared in the 1970s, due to rural exodus, when many people left rural areas of Brazil and moved to cities. Without finding a place to live, many people ended up in a favela. Our tour is 100% walking - we will drive you there then we walk downhill!
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Rua Assis Brasil 143 Apt 1506, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22451-264, Brazil
+55 21 98178-9239
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Carlos was an incredible tour guide. He was born and lives in the Rocinha favela that we visited so we had a very authentic and insightful tour. He was passionate about his community and country. He speaks 5 different languages and shared his knowledge about...More

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I ended up having a private tour since the other tourists never showed up at their hotel pickup spot, so this really gave me the opportunity to visit Rocinha at a different pace, including riding the local minibus up to the top of the favela....More

Thank cristinablendea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's very easy to organize. I just used Whatsap to message Bruno and organize a day and time for myself and partner. They pick up on Av Atlántica which was convenient for us as we were staying in Copacabana. The tour is through Rocinha favela...More

Thank Alicia H
Reviewed 20 May 2017

If you are in Rio, you must visit a Favela. It's a completely different culture as if you are living in a different country than Brazil. You must go with a tour and a guide or you will get lost. It's safe if you are...More

Thank Geminican
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I had such an mazing experience when visiting the favela together with Edson. You cannot go to Rio without visiting a favela as it uncovers a relatively unknown part of the city, and not to mention a large part of the population. This is definitely...More

1  Thank Maja T
Reviewed 25 April 2017

we got a favela member team person caleld Edson, a very professional and nice person.. The tour was very much touching, even though i'm brasilian but would never think about something like that in brasil, would never though about going there my self.. i very...More

Thank Samuel B
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We took a tour with Alberto together with our three kids and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Alberto was a fantastic guide who took us to incredibly interesting places in different parts of the favela--we felt very safe and were well...More

Thank Zia W
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Going in with an open heart I came out with a completely new perspective of Rio. Yes, it is dirty, noisy, crowded, and smelled terrible . But instead of danger, crime and violence, I felt people are friendly, lively and content. There are shops, salon,...More

Thank CandiceHsu
Reviewed 18 April 2017

My friends and I took a walking tour through Rocinha Favela with Alberto who lived in Rocinha. The experience was not what I expected (too many pre-conceived notions from movies :) ) but was one of the highlights of my visit to Rio de Janeiro....More

1  Thank ShilanGovender
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

This is so dissapointing when i had to spend almost one and an hour at the meeting point this day and no one from the tour picked me up for the half day tour. I contacted Bruno and he felt sorry that the guide forgot...More

Thank Hendra_Fu
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