Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

Activity provider: Favela Santa Marta Tour
Guided tour

Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

Activity provider: Favela Santa Marta Tour
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Experience an authentic favela tour in Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the local culture with a local tour guide who actually lives in the favela and visit amazing places with breathtaking views.

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Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Portuguese


  • Visit one of the most beautiful favelas of Rio de Janeiro
  • Join a tour with a local guide who knows everything about the favela culture and history
  • See places with amazing views to take great pictures
  • Shop at the many local shops found in the Favela Santa Marta
Full description
Take an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the favelas on this guided tour. Your guide is a local from Santa Marta, who will be able to share you with you an authentic perspective of the beautiful favela they call home. Using the Santa Marta cable car, your guide will take you to the top of the favela. From here you will get to witness one of the best panoramic views of the city. Spot Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. Then explore the streets and alleys held dear by both residents and the many famous visitors to Favela Santa Marta alike, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson. Stroll through the favela, seeing the best sights and stopping at many of the local artisan shops along the way.
  • Walking tour
  • Local tour guide and translator
  • Transportation
  • Tips
  • No food is available on this tour. There is a pub available where you can purchase your own food
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with altitude sickness

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • If the Santa Marta Cable Car is not operating on the day of your tour, the tour to the top of the favela will be done on foot with the guide, or you can choose to take a taxi (about Rs 15)
  • Please bring some cash with you if you want to buy souvenirs or food and drink at local stores
  • The tour can take place in light rain, so please dress accordingly and contact the activity partner team via whatsapp
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 453 reviews

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Great experience to see and meet the nice people of Santa Marta and have a walk from the top to the bottom! The common talk that all Favelas are dangerous and people are unfriendly is just non-sense. Highly recommended! It was one of the best moments during my holiday in Rio

March 23, 2023

José was excellent guide! He shown us the favela, we felt secure and it was a massive experience for us! Rio looks wonderful from Santa Marta. It is absolutely worth seeing. And very important issue: remember about the dignity of these poor people. It is not a show, it is not the zoo, this is the real life. Respect these people, listen to the guide, respect the rules and you will have a wonderful experience. 100% satisfied

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March 23, 2023

Felipe was a very knowledgeable guide, who explained in detail the sociopolitical origins of Favelas. This tour was probably the most meaningful and insightful part of my visit to Rio, as the propagandists obscure the brutal inequality/racism endemic in modern day Brazil.

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 140271