Guided tour

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider:LOCAL55 TRAVEL
Guided tour

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider:LOCAL55 TRAVEL
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From US$ 35 per person

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 891 reviews

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The tour was good. The guide was kind and answered our questions. Overall I'm satisfied, I saw beautiful views and understood a bit about the whole concept and history of the favela, its rules and inhabitants. There wasn't something exceptional in the tour itself - like the guide spending more time in explanations and storytelling, meeting impressive local characters or something that would make us wow, but given the circumstances it also might not be possible. So I'm overall happy.

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May 15, 2023

Great tour. Martin was clear about when and when not to pull out the camera, he gave some good info along the way and he made effort to interact with the locals to keep the rapport going in order to make it a safe experience. I’m really glad I took the tour and I also made some friends with others on the tour. 4 of us who were all solo travellers went for food and drink together afterwards.

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April 2, 2023

A unique and important experience. The guide was very informative and clear throughout and the tour itself didn’t feel exploitative or extractive which I appreciated. I do feel we rushed in parts and it was hard to hear / observe around as we kept walking through quickly.

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 41613