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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
The entire operation of the tour was very professional. The guide and driver were very professional. The tour pick up and return began and ended as advertised. The transportation was comfortable, enjoyable and dependable. I would have like to known a little more about the history of the development, the government's interaction with the development, and the vision for the inhabitants of the development in the future.
This tour was definitely worth experiencing to see the "other" side of Rio! The reason I gave it three stars and not more is because it seemed a bit short for the price paid. But regardless the favela you visit is definitely one of the better ones to see. We did not feel unsafe at all.
The pick-up at the hotel was nearly half an hour late and the actual walk through the Favela was only 40 minutes. The rest of the tour was spent travelling but included a quick stop en route to the favela for photos. The whole thing only took 2.5 hours. Having said that it was well organised, the guide was very helpful and knowledgeable and I was glad that I did the tour which was very interesting.
Very interesting tour. However, the tour to forest was not needed
This tour was not worth the money. The guide spoke very little English (he said he was just learning) even though 5 of the 7 people on it were English speakers. Therefore he had difficulty answering questions and we had trouble understanding him. We basically got out at the top of the Favelas and he just led us through them to the bottom. He didn't explain much about the culture, history or life of the area. The tour was supposed to take 4 hours but we were done it 2. I would have paid around $35 but not $65. It's a shame as I have read great reviews about others who have done this tour. Perhaps it was just the guide. I'm all for him learning English, but when he has people who have paid for an English speaking guide, that's not the place.
Guide was uninteresting and uninformed. A lot of walking with very little explaining. Afterwards stood on a beach for 1 hour, because the 4 hour tour should have been a 3 hour tour.
The most disappointing tour we have done through Viator to date. Firstly, the guide could not speak proper English. The tour indicates "interact with the local community" that did not happen at all. Very little education or information was given, probably because she could not speak proper English. Seems like a path were cleared for the tourist (except for the dog poo everywhere) including the daily Favela life with very little experience of any people, were even told not to take pictures of any children and houses - so what's the point? We met up with other people who did the same tour with another company who had a completely different and enjoyable experience - we will definitely explore using them in future.
This rating is so negative, there are no applicable stars to tick. Viator should change the local booking company, or drop this tour off their schedule - money and time wasted.