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.