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Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From US$50.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Favela da Rocinha is the largest favela in Rio, located in the South Zone. With this tour, join a local family-run tour to experience the rich history, culture, and heritage of Rio as you learn about life in the favelas. Explore the alleys of the favela on a guided walking tour, peek inside the shops and restaurants, and learn about local cultural projects
  • Immersive cultural experience: learn about local life in the favela
  • Admire views over Rio from the rooftops of the favela
  • Family-run tour company operated by brothers who grew up in the favela
  • Private walking tour: enjoy the undivided attention of your guide
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What's Included

  • Bilingual Guide , Transportation, Roof Top Views, Walking Cultural Tour
  • Foods Drinks, and Souvenirs ( optional )

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Cardeal Arcoverde / Copacabana
    Praça Cardeal Arcoverde - R. Barata Ribeiro - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22040-030, Brazil

    Metro Station

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pick up is optional. Pick up is offered from any Hotels in the South Zone of Rio or downtown only. However we can also meet at a starting point

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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This tour is a must.
Victoria_H, Jan 2023
It was a surprise to find out that the tour began with a motorbike ride to the top of the mountain. The driver was excellent. My husband and I are over 70 and we were at ease. Our guide Carlos was excellent. He was born and grew up in the Favela. The tour was an eye opener. Everyone was friendly and made us feel welcomed and safe. Thanks
Eye Opening Experience
Mike_M, Jan 2023
I felt completely safe with Carlos as he showed me a different side to Rio de Janeiro. Awesome experience
Great experience!
mscrystalharris83, Dec 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. This is a must see. I will recommend it to anyone visiting Rio. Our tour guide was amazing and we had great time during our time walking through the Favelas. 10/10 experience!
A Must-Have Experience in Rio
Lee_M, Aug 2022
This was the most important experience during my time in Rio. I was fortunate to be guided by Pablo, and he was extremely knowledgeable on all aspects pertaining to Rocinha. It is easy to allow outside influences to cloud your perspective(s) on what life in a favela may be and/or look like. That said, it's important to learn for yourself, and the best way to do so is through this guided tour. You will feel the immense hospitality and sense of community while touring. I thank the Favela Brothers for sharing their community.
This was an awesome...
Georgi_J, Jul 2022
This was an awesome experience. Pablo was a very experienced guide and I learned so much. Very highly recommended.
Rocinha Tour está muita bom
Brian_G, Jul 2022
Since we have visited the main sights (Corcovado, Sugar Loaf) in previous tours, we wanted to try something different. A Private walking Tour of Rocinha. We really enjoyed our Rocinha Tour with Roberto! First of all, Roberto is fluent in English and Portuguese which helped me (English speaking) and my father in-law (Português speaking). Roberto was very knowledgeable about the social economic conditions and cultural history of Rocinha. He also showed us some of the most amazing views in all of Rio. Overall a tour we are very happy to have experienced. Next up.. Helicopter Tour.
Don’t miss the chance to do this!!!
Shelli_P, Apr 2022
We loved spending the afternoon with our tour guide Pablo, he was awesome!! One of our favorite things we did in Rio for sure!! Loved riding a motorcycle to the top of Rocinha…so cool and the views were incredible!! Such an educational experience as well!! Can’t recommend this enough!!
Unforgettable Experience! Highly recommend it
Edith_C, Mar 2022
Daniel was our guide - he is such a wonderful person and so much fun to learn the local culture and history with. My partner and I had an unforgettable experience and will pass it on to our friends and family. Thank you Daniel!
Good experience
petergkilcullen, Feb 2022
Great to see all parts of Rio , no problem walking around but it rained so views down were limited. Our guide was very good showed us where he lived and felt quite safe
1 traveler found this review helpful
Leydis, Jan 2022
What a great experience! Pablo was amazing very informative and a good guy, it was December 31st so it was a bit crazy but he took care of us and we love it, Thank you !
Best tour Guide in Rio
Alvin_G, May 2021
Awesome!! I can't explain in words how Great Obie was... he was very informative, patient and Kind! We felt more than safe while touring with Obie... we got a chance to meet His Beautiful Mother and Sister! Not only did I find a tour Guide i found a new Brother ✊🏽 Much Love Obie from my wife and I... Keep doing what you're doing im proud of you.
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Misunderstood side of Rio
Will_L, Jan 2021
Safe, humbling, historical...these are just a few words I would use to describe the Favela of Rocinha. The Faneca Brothers tour group did a fantastic job handling our schedule and devoting their time to my group and I. Growing up and living there to this day gave an insight most "outsiders" don't understand. If I would have left Rio without doing this I believe I would have missed out on a unique cultural experience. Please take the time to view Rio from a different perspective!
Best day spent in Rio
Sarah_L, Mar 2020
This is the most rememberable experience I will carry with me from my trip to Rio. Obi gave me an authentic experience walking through Rocinha, telling about the community and his own life experiences. I enjoyed every step and got to see so much. Thank you Obi!
Favela not to be missed
Patricia_F, Feb 2020
A snapshot of life in the largest Favela. A part of Rio de Janeiro that should not be missed. Gustavo was informative and open about the advantages and disadvanges of living in a Favela. Great place for photos.
jessejacques100, Feb 2020
Obi is an awesome guy!!! Literally felt safe the entire time on this tour. Got to see the life of the people of the Favela which was a experience worth booking. Grateful!
Life in a Favela
Christiefsmith, Jan 2020
Excellent overview of life in a favela - something every tourist should experience! Obi was a magnificent guide and provided abundant insight into what everyday life was like in his home favela. He encouraged us to ask any question we had and enthusiastically answered us. He also provided a glimpse into his own dwelling. Do this tour - you won’t be disappointed and it’s completely safe.
A wonderful experience, don't miss it!
Kyle_P, Jan 2020
The tour was absolutely amazing. Obi Wan was very knowledgeable, personable, and planned an extensive tour that included the history, great photo shots, food and even a show at the end. During the tour, we saw how people live, their churches, the stores, etc. The tour was the real deal and we were 100% safe throughout the entire tour. The tour is about 3 hours so you do need to dress in comfortable shoes/clothing and be in reasonable health. Much older people might have a little trouble navigating some of the areas. Highly recommended !
Walking tour under the rain
Pablo A, Sept 2019
Besides being a horrible raining day, Obi didnt asked for a cancel and I did the tour. He lives there in Rocinha and is pretty knowledgeable of how the favelas works in Rio. I went to his house, we ate something local, bought some souvenir from a local artist, participated on a capoeira show etc, all while answering my questions and going through the favela.
Amazing Experience
ZOE_L, Sept 2019
Obi was a great tour guide, we walked from the top to the bottom of the favela, stopping off at some amazing points to see the views. Felt very safe with Obi and he spoke excellent English, would recommend to everyone.
Favela tour
Drsandeep_D, Sept 2019
It was conducted by one person who live in favela who showed us favela and took to his house and showed how people live . It was rather Favela home visit . It is not suitable for disabled as there is hill walking and walking into narrow alleyways which is some time intimidating Tour was not worth of the prize .Tour was about 2 hours . There was no showing of art work and history It was not professional tour


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