Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: Favela Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: Favela Walking Tour
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From US$ 35 per person

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Discover a more authentic side to Rio de Janeiro on a non-intrusive and respectful walking tour of a favela. Learn about the lives of the people and how you can help break the cycle of drugs and guns through the power of education. Build a better future.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 4 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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
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 2:20 PM. 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. In addition, part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future. Get a different perspective about life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a local guide.
Includes
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 292 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Great social experience to walk a guided tour in Rocinha: a city within the city. The guide explained a detailed history of how favelas developed and the life within the city. It is surely a recommended tour for everybody that wants to live the other side of the Brazilian society. The tour guide is really excellent. Thanks Carlos for your tour.

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June 27, 2022

If you're interested in visiting one of Rio's favelas in an interactive and humanising way as opposed to just driving through in a vehicle like you're on a safari then i'd highly recommend this tour. Our guide Carlos (a resident of the favela) was incredibly and genuinely passionate about sharing the stories of his neighbourhood and its people. A very educational and eye opening tour. Photos are generally permitted but there are certain areas where we were told not to at the respect and request of the people in the area. Pick up and drop off was easy and smooth and the transport vehicle was comfortable. A highlight of my trip to Rio!

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April 10, 2022

Rafael knows his stuff! We definitely recommend anybody to tour Rocinha with him! It's also a huge plus that he speaks 5 languages! English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Hebrew! Not only did we feel 100% safe with him on our tour, we left with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for what life in a favela is like for the people who live there. Rafael was very thorough and made sure to stop and see if we had questions along the way! We went on our tour in the late afternoon so luckily it wasn't too hot but make sure you wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking up and downhill and some parts can be quite exhausting if you're not used to walking up and down steep slopes. Again, we can't thank him enough and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone! Tell him Christian and Alexis from America sent you!

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June 10, 2021

Product ID: 67596