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Rocinha

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Basics

The best way to visit Rocinha is on an organized tour with a local guide who is familiar with the daily challenges of neighborhood residents, as well as various sustainable development efforts and empowering grassroots actions being taken in the favela. Educational walking tours offer insight into daily life for Rocinha residents while leading visitors to spots they’d be unlikely to find on their own, such as craft shops, community centers, and well-situated viewpoints. Private tours offer more personalized experiences and cultural exchanges.

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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
star-4.5
$31.49 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Great experience with our guide Carlos who offered us with great generosity and clarity an insight into his hometown, its challenges ans its strenghts as a community. Thank you for your commitment ! Mathilde
Mathilde_P, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rio de Janeiro

star-5
Very interesting
Jorgen_F, Dec 2021
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
I had a great tour with a great guide. Very interesting to see the houses and everyday life in Rocinha. Three hours were just perfect.
star-5
Great experience!!!
Fabian_G, Dec 2021
Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro
I really liked this tour, I did this trip with my dad, and we had a nice moment walking through Rocinha. when we got to a high spot where you can see most of the favela is amazing the view you have from there. Also, we got some art pieces from local artists that now look beautiful in our house. Our guide, Leo, he did the tour for us in Spanish, he speaks really good and he knows a lot about the favela's history and give you a lot of interesting information during the whole tour.
star-5
Amazing
Leydis, Jan 2022
Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro
What a great experience! Pablo was amazing very informative and a good guy, it was December 31st so it was a bit crazy but he took care of us and we love it, Thank you !
star-5
Interesting
Robbie_R, Dec 2021
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
Carlos was a great host showing us his Brasil....it was an unforgettable experience...it definitely gave me a more balanced view on the reality of life in Brazil
star-5
Informative and interesting
Thifhelimbilu_M, Nov 2021
Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro
Very informative and interesting tour to get to know the ordinary life in Rio. Well. Leo was very kind, professional and amazing
star-5
Excellent
Mounir_B, Feb 2021
Favela Tour in Rocinha with Transfer
Excellent experience, the guide picked me up from Copacabana and then we headed to Rocinha. She taught me a lot about the favela, its history and its people. She showed me some hidden spots to take the perfect pictures. I extremely recommend this tour with the best guide in Rio.
star-5
A spiritual experience
Chad_R, Oct 2021
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
Carlos elevated Rocinha into much more than something for tourists to gawk at. He brought a social consciousness and authenticity that had our group in tears. Of all the sites in Rio (and we saw them all) this was the most affecting.
star-5
Recommend - Rocinha Lucky Tour
Ionut_M, Mar 2020
Rocinha Lucky Tour
The tour was amazing, we got to learn social, political, economical facts about Rocinha presented in an veritable way by a local guide. I recommend visit Rocinha and I truly recommend picking this tour guide.
star-5
Excellent!
Valentina_G, Dec 2021
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
Rafael was amazing. He made this trip very safe. Took me to amazing views. Favela is not at all what I thought it would be! So much better!
star-5
Favela tour with Leo
Nushin_G, Oct 2021
Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro
Leo was incredible. He was prompt, friendly, and professional. I did this tour with my mother and daughter and they both enjoyed the tour and thought Leo was great too! I would recommend this tour, especially with Leo, to anyone visiting Rio!
star-5
Best tour Guide in Rio
Alvin_G, May 2021
Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro
Awesome!! I can't explain in words how Great Obie was... he was very informative, patient and Kind! We felt more than safe while touring with Obie... we got a chance to meet His Beautiful Mother and Sister! Not only did I find a tour Guide i found a new Brother ✊🏽 Much Love Obie from my wife and I... Keep doing what you're doing im proud of you.
star-5
Pleasant, interesting
LJBergman, Mar 2021
Jeep Tour - Favela da Rocinha - Rj
Strongly recommend. A different view of Rio than the traditional tours. Interesting and informative guide.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Some tours donate a portion of proceeds to Rochina nonprofits or employ local tour guides to give back to the community.

  • A guided tour led by a local is the safest way to visit Rocinha.

  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces, or book a tour by bike or vehicle to stay off your feet.

  • Favelas provide a stark contrast to Rio’s ritzy neighborhoods, such as Ipanema, and an educational tour of Rocinha can offer a well-rounded understanding of Rio’s varying socioeconomic environments.

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How to Get There

The best way to visit Rocinha is on a guided tour, most of which include stress-free, door-to-door transportation from your Rio hotel. While it’s possible to see the area on your own, it’s preferable to visit with a local tour guide to make your visit as educational and noninvasive as possible.

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When to Get There

Rio’s climate is warm year-round, with the hottest months being December through March.

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A Note on the Ethics of Slum Tourism

We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums, and we understand that tours of them may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that these tours are educational and allow for a better understanding of life inside Rocinha.

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