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“vila canoas”(30 reviews)
“eye opening”(16 reviews)
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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 22, 2014

there are several organizations offering favela tours online--some of Riocinha and others in Santa Marta. I'm well traveled, have live next to a slum in India and am pretty keen at identifying scams and for-profit motives/companies. I felt favelatour.org genuinely cared about the community. The...More

9  Thank mattfs218
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed February 24, 2014

My experience with Marcelo Armstrong’s favela tour was many years ago, but seeing all the positive reviews, I feel obliged to tell the other side of the story also. Back in 2005, my class traveled to Rio de Janeiro, and we were considering the favela...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the Rocinha favela walking tour with Carlos. It was fantastic despite the pouring rain. Carlos is a passionate advocate for the favela people and the importance of education to lift the residents out of their impoverished situation.

Thank maranne0
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

be warned don't go on this tour its political and dangerous wouldn't do it again ever Flavelas are not safe no matter what you tour guide says, rat runs, rats, guns, cockroaches and poverty booked stay clear

3  Thank PJMS2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was superb. Our guide Barbara was simply the best. She gave detailed information about the history of the favelas, took us to walk around. At no time, did I sense any fear. Actually I felt that we were in good hands. We can...More

Thank Victoria1126
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

October 2018. We did the Marcelo Armstrong's Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour. Outstanding experience. Outstanding tour. Luiz was our tour guide: Extremely informative and passionate about the favela history and experience. Spoke English perfectly. Felt very safe the entire time. Toured Rochina and Vila Canoas....More

Thank John C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very well organized. The guide was so interested/interesting and tour was very safe. Very impressed by the favelas we visted. A must do in Rio

Thank lars l
Reviewed October 3, 2018

try to visit the rochinia favela, very interesting place,very impressing place visit the school and the copoeira dancers

Thank regi13_12
Reviewed August 29, 2018

This was an incredible experience and was very interesting. Some of the homes were guarded by heavy security and no pictures were allowed making you wonder who was inside. It was crazy to see some of the poorest people on earth living in the slums...More

1  Thank Ashley D
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

The Favela tour was recommended by a friend. It did nit disappoint. Patrick was our guide and he was knowledgable, informative and told us when we could photograph...or not. He had tge resoect of the local residents and showed them respect. Patrick kept us safe...More

2  Thank Lizzieka
Reviewed August 17, 2018 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

1  Thank hollywood_9
Reviewed August 5, 2018 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

Thank MuneerAdamjee
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June 28, 2018|
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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 morganao296 | 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