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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Walking tour of the Rocinha favela with a community member guide
  • Learn about life in the favela from the founder of a local English school
  • Eat lunch in a buffet-style local restaurant
  • Transportation via public transportation
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Departure Point

Metrô São Conrado / Rocinha, R. Gen. Olímpio Mourão Filho, 320 - São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22610-020, Brazil

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at a pre-arranged meeting point, then travel to the favela via public transportation. On the way, get to know your guide, Jody King, who is a native English speaker and founder of an English school in Rocinha favela. 

By touring with one of the favela's residents, you'll get an insider view into what life is like there. Meet neighbors and learn about various civic projects in progress that aim to better the community. Wander down the winding alleyways that give way to lookout points with sweeping views of the city below. 

Connect with the community through visits to a local art studio. Learn about the role of graffiti in the favela's dynamic urban street art scene and get the chance to ask questions about techniques and inspirations. Stop at a local martial arts studio, where the Brazilian martial art and dance form is taught and practiced.

End your visit with a buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant. Your guide will point you in the right direction for the trip back to your hotel via public transportation.
Stop At:  
Visit the huge bustling favela of Rocinha with a native English speaker, Jody King, who has made the favela his home. Be met at a designated location near your accommodations in the city, then be brought to the top of the favela via public transport. From here, you'll be given a unique insight into life in the favela, and feel an amazing connection with the friendly locals and various projects in the community. Whether it's gazing from stunning viewpoints or wandering through long and winding alleyways, these tours strive to provide an experience that lets you really connect with the community. The different stops include a visit to a capoeira school (Brazilian dance/martial art form) with local group ‘Acorda Capoeira’ and visit the studio of local graffiti artist, "Wark".
Admission Ticket Free
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Favela Phoenix Tours
Lunch is served at the end of the tour in a local, buffet-style restaurant.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Favela Phoenix

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What is the maximum group size during Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro?
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • "A lot of walking and stairs, so seniors or people with knee problems should be aware and possibly avoid." See review
  • "Anyway, be aware of the fact that it may not be Five hours tour as it advertised." See review


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Experienced Favela and overview of the Favela.
, Feb 2020
The tour guide is friendly and familiar with the neighborhood. However, he finished the tour only in one hour and 15 minutes (10am - 11:15am). I argued with him that this should be a five hours tour... Then he showed a different part of the Favela for about an hour. In the end the tour finished around 12:15am. He claimed he has showed me the highlights. Anyway, be aware of the fact that it may not be Five hours tour as it advertised. Also I paid the one way transportation (motobike) by myself which supposed to be covered by the tour guide.
Great Tour/Tough to See
, Jan 2020
Carlos was excellent. He was born and raised in Rocinha and spoke great English. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the favela. It was tough to see that kind of extreme poverty but I’m glad I went through with it.
Excellent & insightful
, Nov 2019
It ended up being a one to one tour with Carlos as no-one else booked for the same date. It was definitely 1 of the highlights of my trip to Rio. I visited the school and got a breakdown of how Jody came to build it as well as visited other neighbourhood gems. Carlos was extremely knowledgeable about favelas in general and also about Rochina. During my tour, I felt safe and I really enjoyed the bike ride to the top which was 5 Reals. I also got the chance to buy things in the community which i wouldn't have, had the group been bigger. Thank you to Carlos and Jody for a great tour!
Carlos was great!
Nuno P
, Nov 2019
My girlfriend and I visited Rocinha with Carlos. It was a great pleasure doing this tour with him. We did everything, from taking a moto taxi to having lunch in Rocinha. Carlos never rushed through things even if we were just two people and he was always able to explain everything in detail, plus he answered any questions we had. His English is great and if you want to make sure you're being shown around by a local, Carlos is the ideal guide for you as he grew up in Rocinha.
Guided walk & interesting facts
, Jun 2019
Good guided walk. A lot of walking and stairs, so seniors or people with knee problems should be aware and possibly avoid. No need to shop around if you are looking for Favela tour. They are all organized by the same owners but under different product descriptions. For this one specifically, it's not led by the English school principal himself but a guide. There's no lunch included. The total time was around 3 hours.
This was an outstanding tour in that...
Richard T
, Dec 2017
This was an outstanding tour in that it was quite interesting to learn a lot about local life in a favela. We were totally safe and our guide was very considerate in making sure we were always safe. Starting at the top and walking down was great. Visiting his school was interesting. He knew so many residents in the favela because he lives there himself and watching him interact with his neighbors showed us how respected he is and how pleased the locals are to share the favela experience with tourists.
I enjoyed my day tour to the Rocinha...
Cynthia L
, Jun 2016
I enjoyed my day tour to the Rocinha favela the largest favela in Brazil with Jody. He spoke English and introduced me to life in the favela and what it means to the people living there. The tour was not intrusive and was respectful of the lives of the people living in the Rocinha favela. Jody met me at a central train station and we took a bus to Rocinha. We started towards the top of Rocinha where the views were amazing and made our way down through the alleys. We spoke with locals, learned about local artists and had lunch at a local restaurant. We also visited the local school Jody created to teach adults living in the favela English. The tour took about 4 hours and the price covered lunch and a contribution to the school. I recommend this informative, safe, fun tour and look forward to returning.
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