Guided tour

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider: LOCAL55 TRAVEL

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider: LOCAL55 TRAVEL

From US$ 32 per person

Enjoy a walking tour at the Rocinha Favela in Rio, the largest favela of Brazil, and learn about life in the city’s famous shanty towns. Take a respectful tour with a favela resident, meet the locals, experience their lives away from stereotypes.

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Duration 4 hours
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Spanish, English, Portuguese


  • Explore the largest favela in Rio in a non-intrusive manner
  • Learn about life in Rocinha, the biggest favela in South America
  • Meet the locals and hear their stories
  • Cut through the stereotypes and sensationalist headlines, and explore a favela in safety
  • Marvel at the beautiful cityscape of Rio de Janeiro
Full description

Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel at 13:25. Address: Av Atlantica 1702, Copacabana

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking through the favela
  •  Bring your camera
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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 684 reviews

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This was probably the best thing we did while in Rio. The tour is organised, punctual, and well thought out. At no point do you feel like you are taking advantage of the residents, or observing them in a “zoo”, as we feared we might. It was a great way to see another side of Rio that many don’t. Our tour guide Edmundo was knowledgeable, considerate and engaging. I highly recommend.

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November 21, 2022

Great tour. Met by Martin the guide then taken to the Favella on public bus which is an experience. You return on the subway. Felt very safe with Martin and he gave good information in English and answered questions. The tour does have a steep but short walk, about 100 meters. Apart from that it’s all downhill but a lot of uneven steep stairs are involved. The tour is definitely worth doing

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October 31, 2022

Been a great tour. The tour guide was super friendly and personable, a big thank you from us again. Everyone who is in Rio de Janeiro or plans to come MUST have done a favela tour like this. Nobody really needs to worry about their safety there. This prejudice disappeared from the 1st minute on site, but you only really understand that when you are there in person. Filming and photography was also allowed 90% of the time, our tour guide only kindly pointed out at 2-3 points not to film "from here to there", everything else was absolutely no problem. Nobody gave you funny looks or anything like that, on the contrary you got the feeling that some of these people were happy that we came. I would do it again and again! A breathtaking experience to see the favela visually and b the way the people live there.

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October 26, 2022

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