Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: Favela Santa Marta Tour
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From US$ 34.10 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup optional
Hotel pickup is available only in the South Zone of Rio. A mototaxi will pick you up and helmets will be available.
Small group available


  • 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
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with altitude sickness
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the Shell gas station located at the corner of Rua São Clemente 307 with Rua da Matriz, at Botafogo. At the station there is a store named "Select", we meet close to the store for easier identification, at the time scheduled.

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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 362 reviews

Review summary

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Felipe was my guide and he made this tour a really immersive experience. His English is very good and provided a great insight into past, present and future of Santa Marta. His story is a root cause analysis of the problems more than anything else and I really appreciated that. Great tour that I would recommend to everyone.

March 12, 2020

Good journey through the favela. Allowed us to just spend time there and get a feel for the area rather than lots of talking about the how and why it existed. Our guide Felipe was excellent and very knowledgeable, particularly when asked questions. The tour takes about 3 hours rather than the 2 that are advertised.

March 9, 2020

We would highly recommend this favela tour to anyone interested in understanding the inhabitants’ side of the story. While it was very informative, it was also very respectful to the favela inhabitants and did not intrude on their privacy. Filipe was an excellent guide and his English and Spanish are just as good. Thanks!

March 7, 2020

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