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Probably the BEST tour in Rio. Very interesting to find out how over 30% of the Brazilian population live. The guide was well versed about the history of his country and additionally was able to speak several languages properly. Not so common in Brazil.
The tour took us to Rocinha Favela, as opposed to Santa Marta advertised in the website; but not that I know the difference between the two.
Nevertheless, it was a very good experience to see the conditions of living in the favela. We were taken up to the top of the hill in a open-top jeep, and walked our way down through the small narrow rugged footpaths. The footpaths / streets were relatively clean, although not tidy, but not smelly like the Rio city area.
The locals there genuinely looked friendly. The tour guide told us it was quite safe there, with police stationed at strategic locations. I was carrying my SLR camera around my neck taking pictures frequently which is something I couldn’t do in the Rio city area.
The jeep picked us up at the bottom, and then drove us pass Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches before dropping us off back at the hotel.
Overall it was great. If there is any improvement needed, it’s the tour guide who should probably wear a coloured cap to distinct himself so that we could spot him easier. It was difficult at times to spot him in the crowd.
Amazing experience. The Guide was knowledgeable and helped us learn a great piece of history. The tour was safe and very unique. This was definitely the best moment of my Rio de Janeiro visit. Highly recommended 5/5
The best part of our trip to Rio! And a good balance to the sometimes artificial glamour of the beach life. We were touched by the creativity, art and especially the self-reliance we saw walking through the narrow alleys and up Rocinha's warren-like steps. We passed all kinds of small shops, tiny cafes, markets, seamstresses, even a karate school! The favela was a bee-hive of work and activity. And the views are some of the best we saw in Rio. Our guide Fabio was fabulous, informative and not naive about what it takes to survive in the favela. We were impressed with him and with the people we saw. We will never forget them. A tour not to be missed!
The Favela Tour was definitely one of the highlights of my recent vacation in Rio. Our tour guide, Augosto was awesome! It was very interesting to see the disparity between the touristy areas and nearby favelas, but also nice to see that they aren't as bad as it might be perceived.
Sergio was amazing. Would highly recommend doing this to get another view of the city. The views from the top were breathtaking. Did not feel unsafe at anytime.
Funtastic tour! the guide spoke excellent English. He was very patint and very knowledgeable
After multiple trips to Rio I finally took the time to take a Favela tour. I wished I'd done it earlier because it gives a greater awareness of the great disparity is the social structure of the city. Our guide provided guidance on the "dos and don'ts" about interfacing with the residents and taking pics which was very helpful and having a guide that knows the area and people gives a sense of security. The transportation in an open jeep gives great opportunities for random photos of the Favela without intruding on individuals.
It's was an excellently run and guided tour, but also a heart wrenching one! To see the poverty and horrible conditions the ppl there live in was too much to bare at times (tears)!
Great morning out. The guide "Margo" was a local who really loved the Santa Marta neighborhood so that was great and we felt very safe walking around. It was great to understand the history and background and what is beig done to help the locals moving forward. Only negative was it was a little short at 2.5 hours