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

Best Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Venture into a Rio de Janeiro favela (the Brazilian version of a shanty town) on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who live in Rocinha, one of Rio's many dense favelas. With a local expert guide, you’ll travel inside the favela, interact with locals and gain a new understanding of Brazilian society.


  • 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 a small percentage of 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

Best Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour

We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas and we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Brazilian life inside a favela. Furthermore, the local tour operator is charged a rate by the Santa Marta favela, and as a result, money is going back into the Santa Marta community.

Built around the edge of Brazilian cities, favelas are underdeveloped, overcrowded settlements, many of which over time create their own organizations and become their own small communities. Rio consists of 500 different favelas and with a third of the city’s population living in these towns, the socio-economic differences between the favelas and the city of Rio are very apparent. However, in recent years, favelas surrounding Rio have become more urbanized with the building of some houses, installation of electricity, running water and practicing proper sanitation practices.

On this tour, your guide will take you to the hillside favela of Rocinha, located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Rocinha became a “pacified” favela in 2011 and have had a police base there since then. 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.

Customer Reviews

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

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great guide. Beautiful views and very informative.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Loved it. 5 star

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

What a fantastic tour - it was very interesting to see the local community. The guide was very knowledgeable and the views were some of the best Rio has to offer. Probably the best tour of the holiday.

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