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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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

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

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
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rocinha Favela Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rocinha Favela Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There is a lot of walking down often slippery steps so not recommended for those with trouble walking but hands down one of the best things we did whilst in Rio." See review
  • "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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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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star-5
Interesting Experience
Justina
, Nov 2020
My Tour Guide Raphael gave me a safe trip with a lot of information!!! I could appreciate how people live in a Favela accompanied by someone who lives there!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thanks for your feedback. Rafael and all of us appreciate your words and trust in coming on our tour. Take good care of yourself :)
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Favela experience
Rolf_A
, Oct 2020
A perfect afternoon, getting to know the real Rio. Thrilling Moto-taxi up to the top and a walk down through the maze of the Favela
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thanks for being on our Favela Walking Tour. We are very happy to receive a great feedback from you.
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star-5
Do it
Joel_S
, Mar 2020
Very interesting and good experince. Nice, welcoming people and felt extremly safe. Would have liked to see some criminals with weapons but I can understand that it wasn´t possible :) However we saw a few "look outs".
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for your feedback. Nevertheless, it is not our goal to show you “criminals” actually, we wish they never existed though. Take care of yourself ;) All the best
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Walking on Rocinha streets
Geoffrey_D
, Mar 2020
Thanks tout our guide we were able tout see an other part offre Rio, not the brightest one but for sure thé most interesting one. Our guide's comments were more than appreciated.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for your great feedback. We are always doing our best to deliver the best experience we can. Overall, all of us would like to wish you a great and stay safe
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star-5
Brilliant tour
Elfinsbar
, Mar 2020
We were picked up promptly from our hotel and driven to the favela, where the group was split into 2 smaller groups of about 10 to take the tour. Our guide was Carlos who was extremely knowledgeable and made everyone feel safe and comfortable in his community. There are a lot of narrow steps to negotiate but the group stayed together and waited for the stragglers and those taking photographs. We finished the tour in a local bar where everyone bought drinks and ice creams from the local shop. Although I originally had reservations about taking this tour I am so glad I did it and can thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting Rio.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for your feedback. We all know that it can really be challenging to walk in Rocinha and that is one of the reasons why we recommend everyone to wear comfortable shoes and be aware of uneven steps and narrow alleys. Moreover, our guides are always local people who know the place really well. Carlos did his best and we are very happy about that! Kind regards
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star-5
Best tour in Rio!
Kathryn_S
, Feb 2020
Alberto is a local guy who has lived in Rocinha for his entire life. He is animated and has a deep love for his neighborhood. He took our group through the narrow streets and staircases and gave us a glimpse of how life in the favela was. I felt very safe the entire time. This was by far the best tour I took in Rio. I absolutely recommend this tour to everyone who visits! Requires lots of stairs and walking on uneven and tight surfaces.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks a lot for your review. We really appreciate your feedback! Alberto and all of us wish you a great day ;)
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star-5
Great experience.
klara_k
, Feb 2020
It was a great tour with the local guide. Lucas was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He made sure everyone got the best out of the story.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks a lot Klara for your feedback. It really helps us reach out to other clients and to improve our daily basis! Lucas and all of us wish you a great day
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Experience Rio Beyond the Tourist Attractions
Jerzee_04
, Feb 2020
I really appreciated the Rocinha Favela walking tour and my guide, Carlos. Carlos explained that he was actually a resident and seemed to know the locals. It was important to me to be able support the community upon which I was intruding. Carlos was very insightful and provided his viewpoints on life in Brazil. I never felt unsafe (except for the driving, which is scary all throughout Rio) and was able to take pictures frequently. I wish I would have had more of an opportunity to buy from the local vendors. I would recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks a lot for your review! We really appreciate your time and we really take into consideration your opinion. Carlos is a local resident of Rocinha Favela who has been an excellent guide and we are very happy to partnership with him. We all wish you a great day
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star-4
Nice tour
Rawan_B
, Feb 2020
I liked the guide Carlos. He was very informative. Told us very useful information about the community and society of Rochina.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you very much for your feedback :) We hope you have enjoyed Rio during Carnival - We all wish you a great day
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