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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 660 reviews

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This experience was one of the greatest activities we had booked on our second visit to Rio de Janeiro. The guide was amazing and very knowledgeable about the Favelas. He made us feel very comfortable the entire time and knew many locals in Rocinha. We couldn’t recommend this experienced enough!

September 6, 2022

Half day tour that values as a full holiday tour. Our guide was excellent to get us confident with this amazing experience. Walking in the favela gives you the chance to grow up and to see how everyday life is tough and not affordable to everybody. This tour helps you to feel comfortable in this amazing place in the right way with the right person who walks along with you. Do not be scared, try this wonderful experience because you won’t regret!

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August 30, 2022

To leave Rio without having an idea of life in a favela would be a shame. At no time did we feel insecure. Guide Martens very gifted and clear in his explanations. Even if you have to go to a souvenir shop or two, they never force your hand and so much the better for them if it can generate some money.

August 12, 2022

Product ID: 41613