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Rocinha Tours and Activities

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Pouring down a hillside in Rio’s South Zone, the one-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometer) Rocinha favela is crammed with a colorful maze of cement buildings, tin roofs, and upwards of 180,000 residents living in challenging socioeconomic conditions. The district is considered the largest favela in Brazil, complete with a culture and history of its own, and has entered a period of renaissance, with urban gardens, community art projects, and educational services revitalizing the neighborhood little by little.

The Basics
The best way to visit Rocinha is on an organized tour with a local guide who is familiar with the daily challenges of neighborhood residents, as well as various sustainable development efforts and empowering grassroots actions being taken in the favela. Educational walking tours offer insight into daily life for Rocinha residents while leading visitors to spots they’d be unlikely to find on their own, such as craft shops, community centers, and well-situated viewpoints. Private tours offer more personalized experiences and cultural exchanges.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Some tours donate a portion of proceeds to Rochina nonprofits or employ local tour guides to give back to the community.
  • A guided tour led by a local is the safest way to visit Rocinha.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces, or book a tour by bike or vehicle to stay off your feet.
  • Favelas provide a stark contrast to Rio’s ritzy neighborhoods, such as Ipanema, and an educational tour of Rocinha can offer a well-rounded understanding of Rio’s varying socioeconomic environments.

How to Get There
The best way to visit Rocinha is on a guided tour, most of which include stress-free, door-to-door transportation from your Rio hotel. While it’s possible to see the area on your own, it’s preferable to visit with a local tour guide to make your visit as educational and noninvasive as possible.

When to Get There
Rio’s climate is warm year-round, with the hottest months being December through March.

A Note on the Ethics of Slum Tourism
We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums, and we understand that tours of them may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that these tours are educational and allow for a better understanding of life inside Rocinha.
Address: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil
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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth local experience with this walking tour of one of Rio's favelas, Rocinha. Follow your resident guide to get an insider's perspective on daily life and learn about the challenges these communities face.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$32.87
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Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

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Favela Brothers is a family run tour company, operated by the brothers Maka and Obi Basilio, both born and raised in Favela da Rocinha. We decided to organize guided tours within the community in which we live to offer a unique and quality service for travellers who are in search of culture and knowledge. Our tours allow a great immersion into daily life inside the favela and it is a great cultural exchange for all. You will learn about the history from the eyes of the locals, As the whole tour is carried out on foot where you get to know the alleys, rooftops, shops, cultural projects with which we work, and delicious local restaurants if you get hungry. Part of the resources that we collect through the tours, we donate to assist social projects (capoeira and an English school) that contribute to the education and development of the community's children and youth.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$26.92
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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

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Get a glimpse into local life in Rio de Janeiro during a favela tour that reveals a different side of the Marvelous City. In an intimate group limited to 12 travelers, you’ll explore two of the largest favelas in Rio, and benefit from the local insight of a guide as you learn more about living conditions in the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$31.90
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US$31.90
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Jeep Tour - Favela da Rocinha - Rj

Jeep Tour - Favela da Rocinha - Rj

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In a jeep without a roof, explore one of the largest slums in Latin America. Check out the social projects and watch the Brazilian swing in a capoeira presentation with children and teenagers, marvel at the views of the Community and São Conrado beach. Discover the Carlinhos slab and admire the look of Christ the Redeemer. Walk along alleys and the catwalk, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, to reach the open market with northeastern products, food, drinks. Get in touch with local artisans, who paint prints about the community and souvenir sellers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.47
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Favela Tour in Rocinha with Transfer

Favela Tour in Rocinha with Transfer

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Touring Tour Agency is located in Rio de Janeiro. At our agency, you will have the opportunity to visit the sights of Rio de Janeiro, help to make cultural exchanges and friendships with people from different parts of the world. Respect, kindness, and preservation of local culture and moral values ​​are the only way to grow in a fair society.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$25.38
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US$25.38
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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Explore Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Latin America, during this 3-hour guided educational tour. Walk through the local community with your guide to learn about what life is like there. Interact with members of the community, learn about the history of Rocinha and gain a deeper understanding of the economic and political factors that shape Rio society. Round-trip transportation from Rio de Janeiro hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.00
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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Explore Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Latin America, during this 4-hour guided educational tour. Walk through the local community with your guide to learn about what life is like there. Interact with members of the community, learn about the history of Rocinha and gain a deeper understanding of the economic and political factors that shape Rio society.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$25.00
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Private Tour to Favela da Rocinha

Private Tour to Favela da Rocinha

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An opportunity to be closer to the carioca people in their daily lives. You will for a moment participate in your experiences, customs and routine passing through the streets, alleys and contemplate one of the most beautiful views in Brazil.  And from there came all Brazilian culture, because but slums came Capoeira; Samba; Brazilian funk; Axé music; Typical foods; slang ... In Rocinha you can also have contact with a good northeastern cultural part, because 80% of the residents there are migrants or descendants of people from the northeast of the country. Even though it is located between two traditional neighborhoods in the south of Rio de Jaineiro, the community is part of the Tijuca forest.  Come have this unique experience with a local Guide and in the largest favela in Brazil.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.17
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Customized and Unique Favela tour visit 2 Favelas in one trip outside of the box

Customized and Unique Favela tour visit 2 Favelas in one trip outside of the box

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If you've heard of it. "Don't go to a favela" is dangerous. however, you know that this phrase is a preconception. Would you like to know two favelas? So come with me! You will visit the neighborhood while your guide tells the story of the community and how it has developed to this day. In the "sky window" at the top, you will see incredible views and take pictures. Following the same paths that the local population travels every day, you will experience the scenes and culture of this vibrant and friendly neighborhood. You will visit a neighborhood supermarket and other local businesses and see some of the social projects that benefit the community. I do not offer pick up. But I will send you the address so you can come by Uber / taxi or by subway. Getting to our meeting point is simple and inexpensive. You will need to bring money for a donation in some places we visit, such as rooftop viewpoints, souvenirs and Moto-taxi.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$37.00
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US$37.00
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Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill

Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill

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The iconic peaks of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain are the top picks for hiking in Rio de Janeiro, but some of the most spectacular views can be found away from the tourist crowds. This 5-hour hiking and cycling adventure includes a bike ride along Copacabana beach, a drive through the colorful Vidigal favela, and a thrilling hike to the top of the Two Brothers Hills, from where the views span Ipanema beach, the Tijuca Forest, and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.30
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High Cocktail in the Rocinha Favela

High Cocktail in the Rocinha Favela

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Unique and exclusive experience about tasting Alta Cocktail in a favela, with an incredible view of the City of Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.52
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Guided Tour to Favela da Rocinha

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Guided Tour to Favela da Rocinha

We start at the highest point of the favela, from this point, you will be able to contemplate a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Admire the Christ the Redeemer, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Ipanema Lagoon. Then we pass one of the most famous terraces in the community where we appreciate the grandeur of the favela and you will be able to take excellent photos; then we enter the alleys of the favela where we find colorful and hidden houses, we interact with the residents, we have an incredible cultural exchange, we pass through spectacular murals and graffiti getting to know the real Brazil
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Helicopter Tour over Rio - 03 people - 60 minutes

Private Helicopter Tour over Rio - 03 people - 60 minutes

This tour is ideal for those who wish to have a different perspective of our beautiful city. We have the best rates on Viator and Tripadvisor. Our 30 minutes panoramic flights will take you to the most important sites and tourist attractions , such as: Barra beach, São Conrado beach, Leblon beach, Copacabana beach, Ipanema Beach, Maracanã Stadium, the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer and the Tijuca Forest National Park. Our helicopters follow all the international safety standards. We have highly qualified mechanics and pilots, with international qualification. Do not miss the chance to fly over Rio with a reliable company that offers the most competitive rates on the market. And why our rates are better? We are located about 30 minutes from Ipanema, at the Jacarepagua airport on the west area of Rio city. The heliports located at Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and Lagoa have very expensive costs and taxes, and they transfer that to the customer. So let`s fly today?
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$752.63
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Rio day Trip - daily city tour in Rio de Janeiro

Rio day Trip - daily city tour in Rio de Janeiro

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This is the best option saving time & money. I join the full city tour with the favela tour. It's a private tour done by Beni Klein , which is the owner of the company & guides professionally in Rio 17 years. Normally you will have to do the favela tour by it self which costs more time and more money... check this out! Compare the prices and time you'll save doing this tour with us ;) a day Loaded with fun experiences, incredible places & although its very calm with plenty of time for pictures & time in the sites, with excellent cars and guide!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$91.31
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Tailor made tour

Tailor made tour

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This tour can cover the hidden gems of Rio , the off beaten sites. All private and with safety , the tourist can make a selection of places he or she wants to see , including the experience of living the way of life in Rio , with its food , drinks , music ,customs , and peculiarities just found here
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$111.85
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Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep Tour

Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep Tour

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Get an in-depth, compassionate tour of the Rocinha favela (the Brazilian term for shantytown) during this excursion via Jeep. With your in-the-know guide, meet the locals and observe their daily life, including visits to the neighborhood school and a street fair. Transportation from select hotels is provided.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.39
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US$69.39
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Get a guide to go around town

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Get a guide to go around town

This tour is designed for people who are traveling alone and want the company of a professional guide. As a native of Rio de Janeiro I have extensive knowledge of the city. If you want a guide to help you, I can maximize your trip. Pick from the list or tell me your interests - I know the places where you would love to go. I can take you to places you would never go by yourself. I will meet you at your location and we start from there. You can use Uber or I will recommend a driver.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$51.00
US$60.00
US$9.00 savings
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Dois Irmãos Mountain Hiking Tour- Rio de Janeiro - by Rio Eco Trip

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Dois Irmãos Mountain Hiking Tour- Rio de Janeiro - by Rio Eco Trip

Morro Dois Irmãos Mountain The Two brothers Hills are located on the top of the Vidigal favela, famous for its amazing landscapes, printed in all Rios postcard! The Track has moderate level, special view of Rocinha and Vidigal Favelas. At the top is possible to see all the beaches, mountains, lagoon and Guanabara Bay. On the way down we get to know a bit more about the favela’s life style and take some pictures while walking down the Vidigal Favela. Included: Transportation & guide. Not Included: Kombi transportation or mototaxi at Vidigal favela, around R$15 (both ways) If you are traveling alone let us know that we can include you in an existing group.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Tour 2 ( 8 hours ) : Corcovado , Tijuca Forest , Favela and beaches

Tour 2 ( 8 hours ) : Corcovado , Tijuca Forest , Favela and beaches

I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . My background as a visual artist gives an extra flavour to my tours
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US$259.46
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Tour 4 ( 8 hours ) : Sugar Loaf , Botanical Garden , Favela and western beaches

Tour 4 ( 8 hours ) : Sugar Loaf , Botanical Garden , Favela and western beaches

I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . Besides I have lots of experience to make a very special tour
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tour 7 ( 4 hours ) : Tijuca National Park and Favela

Tour 7 ( 4 hours ) : Tijuca National Park and Favela

I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . Besides that I have lots of experience and can offer a great tour !
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  • 4 hours
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US$151.36
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Fly from Paragliding in Rio de Janeiro

Fly from Paragliding in Rio de Janeiro

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Unique experience that will be done by a professional; photos and footage included; transport until the beginning of the activity included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$123.63
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