Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: Favela Walking Tour
Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: Favela Walking Tour

From US$ 35 per person

Discover the authentic Rio de Janeiro on a non-intrusive and respectful walking tour of a favela. Learn about the lives of the people and how to help break the cycle of violence through education.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers and tour guide will wait no longer than 30 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Private group available


  • Take a safe and respectful walk through a favela in Rio de Janeiro
  • Learn more about the area from a local guide
  • Get a different perspective on Rio de Janeiro
Full description

Explore a favela of Rio de Janeiro on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of locals on this tour that is focused on education. Get a different perspective on life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a local guide.

Start your favela tour with a pickup from one of the meeting points in Copacabana or Ipanema beach. Journey to the Rocinha Favela for the start of a walking tour at approximately in the afternoon.

Follow your local guide through the favela and learn more about what it is like to live there. Rio's favelas are a big part of city life and the non-intrusive tour aims to educate you in a way that pays respect to the locals.

Give back to the locals as part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future.

  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Pickup from specified meeting points (from Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel at 1:30 PM, or from Praia Ipanema Hotel at 1:45 PM)
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food
  • Pickup from meeting point at Copacabana or Ipanema
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  •  Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  •  Children must be accompanied by an adult
  •  Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Please note that the tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  •  A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Please note if you are booking a tour in French or German please book in advance as the demand for these tour guides is high
  • Clients staying in Sheraton Hotel or Barra da Tijuca must come to Praia Ipanema Hotel, otherwise, an extra charge will apply
  • Please be aware that you will spend 1.5 hours inside the favela as part of your walking tour. The 2-hour tour duration already includes all the pickups and drop-offs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 348 reviews

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A truly wonderful experience and one not to be missed when in Rio. I recommended this trip to some people we met during our stay and they immediately booked it. Our guide Carlos (who lives in the Favella) was excellent, albeit sometimes a little blunt about things. He explained the history behind the Favellas which really opened our eyes to how and why everyone lives there. It was very humbling to meet some of these lovely people - do try their food from the street vendors. Carlos took us to one of them and we had one of the chicken pastries and an orange drink which cost us about £1 each, a delicious lunch eaten on the hoof so to speak, and very welcome. Be aware that this is a walking tour and that the steep climb and the steps when arriving is not for the fainthearted and at times can be challenging. However, the climb down is easier, via stone steps and the views are amazing.

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March 9, 2023

The tour was fabulous, the guide Daniel is excellent and speaks english very well. He really introduced us to life in the favela, from the little football stadium, to the church, to the mail system. Truly a complete immersion without fear. The best way to understand and discover this different way of life.

March 6, 2023

At first I felt a bit uncomfortable with the idea of the favelas as a tourist attraction. But I am so glad I went. It was a unique experience and we were made feel very welcome and safe. I think it is good to see how a large part of the population in Rio lives. They live in poor and difficult conditions but I was impressed with the sense of community there is. I think visiting is a must and definitely wortwhile.

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February 26, 2023

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