Favela Tour- A walk inside the biggest Favela in Latin America
Rocinha Favela Tour
Enjoy a day tour in a Favela in Rio! This is a great way to get to introduced to the life in the favela and what it means for the people living there
Most visitors to Rio de Janeiro have probably heard about or seen the movie “City of God“. To be honest we feel that this movie creates an unfortunate stereotype of our marvelous city and the many favelas in Rio. In order to correct this stereotype and show people the true modern Rio de Janeiro, we have developed a special favela tour. Let us take you to the a favela and show you how daily life happens in this part of the city.
Our favela walking tour is a non-intrusive tour, respecting the comunity and the people living in the favela. We focus on a genuine experience, aiming to educate our guests about the favelas which are such a big part of life in Rio. Our transport is a Mini Bus that will take you to the Favela. The guide will tell you all about the history of this place as well as the social and economic challenges found here. As the tour groups are small you will be able to meet some of the locals and hear their stories.
The favela tour usually takes about 4 hours. It’s a walking tour and the public transportation fee (to the favela and back) and the guide is included in the price. Visiting a favela with us is safe and will give you a new perspective on Rio. Feel free to ask any questions and order now your favela tour by filling out the registration form or sending us a message!
Obs: We offer Favela private tour as well. You can have a guide just for your group.
Obs2: Our tours may be in either the favelas Rocinha or the Vidigal. Check with us the avaiability. ?
Some testimonials about the Favela Walking Tour:
I had an amazing experience visiting Rochina. The Guide showed me the true life of the day to day Brazilians living in the favela. I had some doubts about safety at first, but the guide made sure I felt comfortable and showed there is nothing to worry about. Will definitely recommend this experience. mto obrg!
We have been in Brazil for the last 4 months … and seen most of the major attractions & places of interest. This is THE BEST immersive tour we have experienced in Rio. And it is also the most educational for us. It is surprising to learn that up to about a third of the 7+ million residents in Rio de Janeiro live in over 700+ favelas … often surrounded by more affluent neighbourhoods and communities. The economic & social disparity is stark. However, we are impressed by the efforts of government agencies involved in helping to improve the living conditions of those living in favelas. Our sincere gratitude to Edmundo for safely walking us from the top of the favela to the bottom … through a labyrinth of narrow alleys and streets. The views from the top are spectacular!!! Taking a local small bus from Copacabana to Rocinha and an underground train back to Copacabana from Rocinha provided us with the opportunity to travel like the locals. Edmundo is one of the best guides we have ever had. He is patient, kind and caring … always looking out for our safety and well-being. Please forgive us for saying that you have not truly seen Rio until you visit a favela. Cheers!
Andrew & Florence
What an amazing experience! We learned so much about the favela and felt quite safe with Edmundo. He was very knowledgeable and knew his way around very well! Our favorite part was the rooftop view- we took some awesome photos! It was also really nice that Edmundo helped us get acquainted with the subway- as a traveler who will be in Rio for a few months, this was super helpful!
We loved the tour. It was super interesting but you need to understand what to expect. Favelas is place with their own culture, rules and story, it’s not the place of interest by itself. But you can see how people live there, touch it’s culture and interact with them. You can come alone, but with local guide it’s safer and we like that he knows everybody there and can interact you directly with local life.
Social Work on the Favela
We support the ACAER Project: Rocinha culture, Arts and Sports Association.
ACAER is a social project in Rocinha that, through capoeira, music, and arts classes, helps children and teenagers in their development. During our tour of the favelas, we explain more about the impact the project has on the community and also provide financial support to the project.