• Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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See what daily life is like in one of Rio's favelas, or shanty towns, on this educational half-day tour. Rocinha, the tour's destination, is one of many densely-populated favelas in Rio, most of which are underdeveloped and overpopulated. With a local guide, explore the cultural and commercial centers of this favela and interact with the residents. A portion of the proceeds go to back to the community. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.


  • Guided educational tour of the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro
  • Walk through a favela and interact with the local community
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Stephane Cote Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Daryl N Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Just do it. It's safe, and an eye opening experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Our guide was ammaazzing!! She was honest yet passionate about the culture/current situation in the favela's.
Felt safe and would go again

Katty G United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This is a great tour and recommend to everyone. Everyone talks about how great Brazil and beautiful Brazil and that's because they don't visit the surrounds of Brazil and their own people. Visitors usually stay in Rio. I'm glad I took this tour with my mom so she can really see both sides of the country.

Jacklyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wonderful trip! Must take it.

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A fantastic insight into the 'other side' of Rio.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide was amazing! Everything went excellent. Cariocas are friendly and open to tourists. I definitely recommend this tour. I and #39;m happy that I did it, it change your mind because isn and #39;t a tour to see the poorest is a tour to share the diversity and the community spirit built out.

Basma G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour and awesome guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really enjoyed it. Great tour guide!!!

Sheila D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Quite and education! The people who live in the favela seem to have created a community that works well for them.

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