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  • Location:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

See what daily life is like in one of Rio's favelas, or shanty towns, on this educational half-day tour. Rocinha, the tour's destination, is one of many densely-populated favelas in Rio, most of which are underdeveloped and overpopulated. With a local guide, explore the cultural and commercial centers of this favela and interact with the residents. A portion of the proceeds go to back to the community. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 


  • Guided educational tour of the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro
  • Walk through a favela and interact with the local community
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I think this is a great way to learn about how some people in Brazil live -- and a portion of the cost of this tour goes to the Rocinha favela.

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What You Can Expect

Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour

Following pickup at your hotel in Rio, board a comfortable vehicle and travel to Rocinho, one of the 500 favelas, or shanty towns, built around the edge of the city. Many of these settlements are underdeveloped and overcrowded.

Visit the hillside favela of Rocinha, located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, you'll travel on foot to a craftsmanship store and walk through a cultural center. This will allow you to interact with the locals and give you an up-close look at living conditions, lifestyles and day-to-day life inside a Brazilian favela.

A third of the city’s population live in these towns, and the socio-economic differences between the favelas and the sleek city of Rio are stark. Rio's favelas have become more urbanized in recent years; some permanent houses have been built, and electricity, running water and sewage systems have been installed. 

We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas and we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. The purpose of this tour is educational; it allows visitors a better understanding of Brazilian life. A portion of the proceeds from the tour goes back to the community. 

At the conclusion of your 4-hour favela tour, return to your Rio hotel for drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour by Jeep to an interesting part of town. A place where working people can afford to live

Courtney Chandler USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was fantastic! Learning about the Favela was very interesting and seeing it firsthand was even more amazing!

Peter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great guide. Beautiful views and very informative.

Margaret D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Everyone who goes to Rio should take this tour. You can't understand Rio without visiting a favela. Our tour guide was absolutely great. Only be aware that there are many uneven steps without rails to go down. My tour guide helped me down them.

Gary Joseph H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This gives you insight into the other side of Rio. Some sad sights but the favela has a vibrant culture of its own. One really needs to see a favela. Our guide David was great.

Maki G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really enjoyed the trip service and guide were very good will definitely use this people again

miss j m C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Fantastic tour guide, very knowledgeable, answered any questions, learnt a lot about the history of the favela and about the locals. An important experience during our visit.

Lauline B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Loved it. 5 star

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