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Extremely interesting

Fantastic 3 hours spent travelling to and around two of Rio's favelas. One being Rochina, the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Living Rio

A very intimate tour of 2 Favelas, Rio and Brazil. Marcelo wears his heart on his sleeve as he... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life in Rio's favelas, it is highly recommended you book a tour with a reputable favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
055(21) 3322-2727
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic 3 hours spent travelling to and around two of Rio's favelas. One being Rochina, the largest one in Brazil. I Had an excellent guide called Leon who explained the issues of the favela. I must say that I actually felt safer in Rochina than...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very intimate tour of 2 Favelas, Rio and Brazil. Marcelo wears his heart on his sleeve as he unveils the truths of living in Rio. Its a must do tour. Rio and the condition

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Marcelo is a passionate, educated and knowledgeable guide. He is able to explain how the politics, education levels and crime within the country impact the way people live in a factual manner without it seeming like a lecture. We don’t love organized tours but this...More

1  Thank sheila1969
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We are a family of four from Ireland, two adults and one 11 and one 14 year old. We were very hesitant initially to do the tour with Marcelo due to security concerns however we are so glad we did it. We felt completely safe...More

2  Thank 305Diane
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

We did a Favela tour with Marcelo Armstrong and it was an extremely interesting and eye opening experience. He was an excellent guide and I would highly recommend him!

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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

This was a 3 hours tour and reasonably priced ($26 US per person). We walked through two favelas and learned the history up to the present. What made this tour impactful was the passion from our guide, Marcelo. He is definitely one who is trying...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Joined the Favela tour in late May 2018 and the guide was Marcelo Armstrong. He was very passionate. Lots of information and things to see (2 Favelas visited from memory). Unlike the others, my visit was an uneventful one (lucky me). Marcelo took us to...More

Thank MitchH8
Reviewed June 18, 2018

The trick to a successful and informative visit to the Favelas is the tour guide. Our trip was arranged by an agent cruising Copacabana beach and the guide was a young resident in the Favela. Alex was incredibly enthusiastic and as a local had extensive...More

1  Thank Emesjay
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

We decided on doing a Favela tour of Rocinha and checked the websites for the service we required and was lucky enough to come across Zezinho who runs the tours and supports the local children in the community through his involvement in the DJ school,...More

1  Thank jacktripper12
Reviewed May 23, 2018

We booked a tour of the Rocinha favela with a tour operator near our hotel two blocks from Copacabana Beach not really knowing what to expect. On the day it was raining pretty bad but we had 8 people on the guided tour. We drove...More

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Response from JoopOTheHague | Reviewed this property |
You can visit the site of favelatourrio or you can contact the organisation by sending an email to the former president of the residents of Rocinha: Paulo Amendoim or call him on +55 21 3322 8498
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December 29, 2017|
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Response from Tammy-loulou | Reviewed this property |
We did the tour on a Sunday afternoon 👍🏻
October 26, 2017|
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Response from Morgana O | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes about 4 hours and the cost it’s £24, about (R$100 real) I would recommend “BE A LOCAL TOURS” With patrick gripp gibaja as your guide, as he does speak English and he is a very good guide. Hope you enjoy bro... More