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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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Cultural Tours

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
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

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Gain a better understanding of life in the Rocinha favela during a tour with the founder of a local English school. Walk through the neighborhood's streets, meet the locals and learn about what life is like here. Get a window into the favela's vibrant street art scene by visiting a local artist's studio and learn about the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, by stopping by a school. End your tour with a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

FAVELA TOUR in Rocinha and Vila Canoas - Rio de Janeiro

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FAVELA TOUR is an indispensable experience if you are looking for a new perspective on different aspects related to the structure of Brazilian society. The tour integrates visitors and locals revealing a whole new vision of slums, changing their reputation for violence and exclusion only.You will go to Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, and the smaller Vila Canoas, both nearby the rich São Conrado district.There you will walk through, visiting the commercial area, the handcraft center and the community school (funded by FAVELA TOUR), and other community projects. Don't be shy, local people enjoy and support your visit.Favelas are safer than most people believe, however, no matter how curious and adventurer you are, go to a favela with an organized tour.Marcelo Armstrong is the pioneer of slum tours.If you really want to understand Brazil, don't leave Rio missing the FAVELA TOUR.We DO NOT offer tours on sunday PM. Tours need minimum quorun to go.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Favela Tour

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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
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Half-day Tours

Favela Tour

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Rocinha is recognized as the largest favela in Brazil, with about 300,000 residents. You will take a walk through the neighborhood as your guide tells you the history of the community and how it has developed to today. From the "sky window" at the top you will see incredible views and take photos. Walking along the same paths that the local people travel 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. Ask about opportunities to donate. You will taste local foods, sip refreshing caipirinhas, and purchase souvenirs like paintings of Rocinha to take home.You will need to bring cash for a donation for the sky window stop (about R$10) and for drinks and souvenirs.If you would like, we can spend some time at one of the community projects in Rocinha. For example, visit a school and spend time with the kids.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Favela Brothers Tours -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
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  • 3 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

Rio De Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Self-Guided Walking Tour with Mobile App

Enjoy a walking tour at the Rocinha Favela in Rio, the largest favela of Brazil, and learn about life in the city’s famous shantytowns. Take a tour with a smart guide in the mobile app, see the locals life, experience their lives away from stereotypes. The tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. The subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines.Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. Please note: We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas; we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. The purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of local life. The price of your tour does not include a monetary contribution to the community.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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City Tours

Favela Tour

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Learn about life inside Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas. You’re driven to the top of the slum community, located on a hillside that overlooks the city, before you descend on foot. Your guide offers insight on Rocinha’s socioeconomic issues and the lives of its inhabitants during your walk.
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  • 3 hours

Hiking & Camping

Two Brothers Hiking Tour Including Vidigal Favela

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Ascend Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill) on this half-day hiking tour in Rio de Janeiro. Travel through the Vidigal favela at its base and learn about the city's stark social contrasts as you make your way to the summit. Soak up the sweeping views of Rocinha, Pedra da Gávea and Corcovado mountain, among other famed landmarks in the ‘Marvelous City.’ Upgrade to venture with your own personal guide on a private tour that includes round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Hiking & Camping

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Morro Dois Irmãos Hike and Vidigal Favela Tour

Trek to the top of Morro Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Hill) and visit the Vidigal Favela on this nature and educational tour in Rio. Follow your local guide to the top of the trail leading to the highest of the two hills for spectacular views of Rio splayed out below. This round-trip hike takes about 2 hours and is moderately difficult. On the way down, walk through Vidigal favela. Interact with the local residents and see how life operates in this neighborhood. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels or the cruise port is included.
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Multi-day Tours

Rio Surfing Adventure

7 nights in Rio, including full city tour, favela walking tour, 3 surfing lessons, airport transfer in, and transport to the Surf Camp. Learn to surf in Rio, at Reserva beach, a beautiful beach to surf and hang out.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Multi-day Tours

Rio Starter Pack

This started package is the best way to settle into Rio de Janeiro. Everything is organised for you for a hassle free start to your South American journey. You`ll be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hostel where you`ll stay for the duration of the package. It's a 3 night package in the uber trendy area of Ipanema, plus a Carioca day trip to see the `Big Dude` (or statue of Christ the Redeemer!) and a Favela Walking Tour (a unique way to know the biggest slum of Rio).
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Hiking & Camping

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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  • 12 minutes
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  • 12 minutes
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Cultural Tours

TOUR THROUGH THE FAVELA OF ROCINHA

With this tour Rocinha Favela Tour, which includes a visit to the Vila Canoas Favela, you will increase your knowledge of Brazil, its people and its culture. Buy this informative, educational and safe tour now!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Walking Tours

Favela Walking Tour at Rocinha

Spend an afternoon learning about the culture and history of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas with a three-hour guided walking tour of the city’s largest favela: Rocinha. Your local guide picks you up from your hotel and leads you on a tour though one of Rio’s favelas, where you learn about the cycle of crime, drugs, and weapons with the hope that the cycle can be broken though education. After touring the area safely, return to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Half-day Tours

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
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  • 3 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Rocinha Favela Half-Day Tour

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Immerse yourself in local life during this half-day educational tour of Rocinha Favela, one of South America's largest urban slums. Through your guide's thoughtful commentary, learn about the social, economic, and political features of this unique neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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
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  • 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Private Hiking Tour to Dois Irmãos Mountain and Favela Vidigal - Rio de Janeiro

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)MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 2 PEOPLE,IF YOU ARE BY YOURSELF, PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE CAN INCLUDE YOU IN ANOTHER GROUP.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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