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Favela Adventures

Avenida Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The real deal

This is the right way to tour a favela: with a local who grew up there, and a company that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie B
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Well worth doing

We had researched tour options before deciding on Favala Adventures we wanted a small group a local... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Poor1%
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Avenida Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the right way to tour a favela: with a local who grew up there, and a company that contributes directly to the community. The owner, Zezinho, is half American, half Brazilian. He moved back to Rochina and started his little company to help...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had researched tour options before deciding on Favala Adventures we wanted a small group a local guide and a company that was promoting sustainability and giving back to the community. This walk did not disappoint. Jucara was a lovely bright young woman studying hard...More

Thank KerrycNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time exploring the streets and alleys of the Rochina community with resident Jucara as our guide for the day. Both Jucara and Zezinho welcomed us into their homes. This could not have been a more authentic and warming experience for us...More

Thank Amee L
Reviewed 11 July 2017

(read to the end for practicalities) I was a bit uncertain about the ethics of doing a Favela tour, but at the recommendation of my guide at Jungle Me (see my review) I signed up for a 1/2 day tour with Favela Adventures. It was...More

Thank mabelle2
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

We just finished the 4+ hour tour with Zezinho and it was brilliant! The pace was very relaxed and we were encouraged to ask questions; I feel like we got a great insight into favela life. We had been keen to find a tour that...More

Thank Pippa1205
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Zezinho is an amazing guide! As a favela resident (who seems to know every one of Rocinha's 300,000 locals), he generously shares the real Rocinha with you. The walking tour traverses tiny laneways from top to bottom as you experience the heart and soul of...More

Thank Wanda R
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Our family spent 4-5 hours in the Rocinha favela together with our guide Pedro. The favela is a touristy one, i.e. it's completely safe to go there. But you will still learn lots and get a better understanding of life in the favelas in Rio....More

Thank PeberMx
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I recommend this at the start of your visit to Rio. You will see the city so differently and I think it’s really important to understand the favelas – it’s not all doom and gloom. I emailed Zezinho from NZ and he replied really fast...More

Thank KiwiNZ_13
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We booked a tour to go to the largest favela in Brazil (rocinha). We didn't know what to expect at the beginning as it was our first time in a place with such characteristics. However we had a great time meeting the locals. They are...More

Thank Samuel R
Reviewed 3 December 2016

My girlfriend and I had a fantastic tour. We arranged last minute with Zezinho and he was able to accommodate us without problem. Our guide Freddy, who lives in the favela, was superb. He took us off the main streets that typical tours stick to...More

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Victor B
6 September 2015|
Response from rocinhajj | Property representative |
I think you need to search for Favela Tours in Rio. There are many companies that serve different favelas. All I can say is do your research. Most are sitting in a bus or jeep, not as many walking tours. Find walking tours... More