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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Get an in-depth local experience with this walking tour of one of Rio's favelas, Rocinha. Follow your resident guide to get an insider's perspective on daily life and learn about the challenges these communities face.
  • Enjoy a guided Rocinha favela walking tour
  • Learn about the challenges of life in Rio's slums
  • Gain insight into the community from a resident favela guide
  • Price of tour includes monetary contribution to the community
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Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

Our tour guide will meet you at the entrance to the hotel NOT INSIDE at 13.30

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Av. Vieira Souto, 706 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-012, Brazil

If you chose 13.30 as starting time - be aware that it counts for Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel only. So, the 13.45 pickup time is for Ipanema (Praia Ipanema Hotel). If you have any question, please contact us immediately via WhatsApp.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your experience with convenient pickup at your Rio hotel, then transfer to Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela. 

Meet your local guide, a favela resident, and set off through community on foot. Learn about daily life in the favela and the challenges that residents face. Hear about the history of the favela and how these communities have become a large part of the culture of Rio. 

The price of your tour includes a monetary contribution to the community. 

Please note: We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas; we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. The purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of local life.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Copacabana Beach
This is our first beach and place where we pickup most of our clients
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ipanema Beach
Second beach - another great location in Rio and one of the most expensive areas in Brazil. We drive by to pickup clients as well.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rocinha
We expect to arrive in Rocinha after all pickups at 14:30 for our walking tour - please wear comfortable shoes for the tour
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • You must be fit or in good condition to walk at least 5 km
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Favela Walking Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rocinha Favela Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Rocinha Favela Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rocinha Favela Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rocinha Favela Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Be aware that many steps are steep and uneven, if raining could be slippery." See review
  • "Requires lots of stairs and walking on uneven and tight surfaces." See review

Reviews

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Satisfied customers
Gary_w
, Nov 2021
Carlos did an excellent job of explaining the history of the community. We learned and saw things with Carlos that I’m convinced no one except those on this tour would see. Excellent job.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks a lot for your review. We wish you a great day
star-5
A spiritual experience
Chad_R
, Oct 2021
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.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you very much for your time and words. We all get very emotional with feedbacks like that. Carlos is an excellent human being part from being our guide.
star-5
Great!
MariaJose_R
, Aug 2021
The historical background shared by Carlos was great…. And it was really interesting to meet that side of Rio de Janeiro…
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. Carlos is an amazing tour guide and person as well. We wish you a great day
star-5
Favela-Rochina
Teana_F
, Jul 2021
The tour guide spoke very good English, he was attentive to all guest needs. If was a great experience
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks a lot for your review. It helps us a lot on our day to day tour. Have a great day!
star-5
Great tour!
David_K
, Jul 2021
Great guide and enjoyed my time. I learned a lot. Everything was very friendly and safe. I would do it again!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much your visit. We wish you a brilliant day and hope to see you around at some point in life :) All the best
star-5
Favela Tour
Zachary_L
, Jun 2021
The tour of the favela was fun. The guide kept a good pace and showed much of the town. The tour was a good experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks a lot for your review. It really helps us reach more people specially during this pandemic. Have a great day
star-5
Excellent!
Rae_M
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide made sure we was safe, took a whole bunch of pictures and gave us a really good detailed history about the Favela. I really enjoyed myself. I would do it again next time i visit as well. I would recommend this tour to anyone who’s interested in going to see the Rocinha Favela
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for your review. It is really nice of you to write such an uplifting message - it help us survive these dark times. Again and again, thank you.
star-5
Moroccan in rocinha
Adil_E
, Mar 2021
Super informative, enjoyed the walk, the guide was very nice, I’ll come back again to see more spots
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thanks a lot for your message and yes, we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards
star-5
A close and honest look into a favela
Keyla_R
, Dec 2020
It was a great opportunity to really see the daily lives in a favela, and to hear from a person who lives there what it true and what’s not, about it. Thank you Rafael Guide, our guide, for telling and showing us the whole story.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thanks a lot for your feedback, it really helps us improve our wor daily. We are always happy to hear from our clients. We wish you a good day :)
star-5
Great Tour
JacobN
, Nov 2020
Very informative tour with a guide who lives in the favela. Carlos had very good English and a deep knowledge of the favela and their history in Brazil. Regardless of what you hear online, this particular favela is safe. I actually felt safer here than walking around other parts of Rio. So many people and friendly smiling faces.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thanks a lot for your feedback, Jacob. We really appreciate that you came on our tour. Be sure that our job is to make sure you have a great time!

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