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All reviews an eye opener largest favela public bus walking tour eye opening never felt unsafe moto taxi police presence favela life real rio felt very safe community org drug inhabitants school lords
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Seeing Rochina (pronounced Hosina) with Zezinho is a once-in-lifetime experience. I can't recommend it enough. Having walked through several informal areas around the world, this one is the most interesting because it is nothing like the media portrays it and walking around with Zezinho will...More

2  Thank MissPicky99
Reviewed 2 April 2018

My visit to Rocinha was quite an eye opener. I have heard of Favelas however never knew they were basically self goverining neighborhoods (electricity, water, schools, banks, restaurants, etc..). My tour guide was very honest and asked us not to take random pictures since the...More

1  Thank Karine9972
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to Rio de Janeiro three times and this past August was my second time staying in Rocinha. I stayed at a friend’s house in a section of the favela that is high up on the mountain. I felt very safe walking around alone...More

1  Thank Marilyn R
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We chose to do a day trip with Zezinho and our guide Luis because we wanted to see how a less fortunate group of people in Rio live. At first, I, as a young blonde girl was worried for safety reasons, but felt very secure...More

Thank Madeleine T
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Feel like a local, walk, shop, mingle with the merchants, drink some traditional Brazilian drinks and be happy.

Thank Tammy U
Reviewed 12 January 2018

If you take public bus 538 or 539 the route takes you through the Rocinha favela. Neither the bus driver nor us enjoyed the ride. Follow government and police advice, avoid this area!

Thank LaohuPenang
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Do not advise anyone to visit. This is an area where drug dealers Patrol streets and Wars among heavily armed gangs are quite commonplace. This weekend, even though brazilian army had 950 Men trying to take Control,shots are heard and famílies are seeing leaving ....More

8  Thank Fernando M
Reviewed 8 September 2017

As we walked down intimate alleys between buildings and shops and under sagging power lines, I wondered about the lives of the people living here and Rocinha and for that matter all the other 750 favelas, especially the children. . Do I regret going? NO!...More

4  Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Great experience! A must do thing in Rio.. Ask for Edmundo as your tour guide. Very cool guy! Will make you feel like a real Carioca :))

1  Thank 45kanel
Reviewed 31 August 2017

My perceptions of what a favela is were blown away.This is the largest favela in rio with 300,000 people. We did the favelatour.org walking tour with a local and got to see real favela life. Yes it has been pacified (police presence) but is still...More

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Shelton S
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Response from Tammy U | Reviewed this property |
I did not traveled with a guide because I am brasilian.