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Paige E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Everyone on the tour was saying this was among their favorite activities they and #39;d done in Rio, if not THE favorite. Really glad I did this and would recommend to anyone visiting Rio!!

Katty G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This tour was great and it was nice seeing both sides of Brazil. The rich and clean side vs the poor side.

Ross

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

The favela tour was fantastic. Guide Filipe was brilliant with his non-stop historical information. A great history lesson, as well as an education on how the underprivileged section of Rio society live. In addition we visited the replanted forest area that used to be a coffee plantaion, which showed how nature can be restored by visionary leaders. This tour is a must do.

Peter H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Kind regards,
Peter

MURDOCH S

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!

Deb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Loved it. 5 star

Joanne B

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.

LARascal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

It was really interesting to see and know more about the favela. It was relatively safe and lots of walking involved . Overall the tour guide Paulo was knowledgeable and the whole crew was friendly. For a maximum of only 12 tourists, it made it better that it was only good for a small group!

Sab

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

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.

yanmargoz71

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

This tour was amazing!

Steve Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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.

Alain S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

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

Sandra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

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!

kedove

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

Grace W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

Antoine A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Funtastic tour! the guide spoke excellent English. He was very patint and very knowledgeable

Francesca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Very interesting good to see another side of Rio.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

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.

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