Rocinha Favela Walking Tour - Rio De Janeiro

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    Hotel pickup between 1:30pm and 2:15pm; walking tour begins at 2:35pm , , Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to thi.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Belmond Copacabana Palace, Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Visiting the Rocinha favela, one of Rio's hundreds of "favelas" (the Brazilian term for a slum or shantytown) and the largest in the country, is a local experience that gives you the chance to see Brazil from another point of view. With a resident guide, take a non-intrusive walking tour to learn about daily life in the favela and gain insight into the challenges these communities face.
Our pick-ups start at 13:30, however, our tour starts in Rocinha around 14:25.
Duration of our tour including pickup and drop off is around 3 hours.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Know More about this tour

Please be aware that we do provide pickups in other hotels in Copacabana and Ipanema, however, to make you enjoy the most of the tour and get quickly to Rocinha, we have chosen some of the most known hotel in the city and therefore we would be grateful if you could inform which of the meeting points suits you best. .

This is our main pickup place:
Belmond Copacabana Palace at 13:30

Address: Avenida atlantica 1702

The following others only upon request: 

Marriott Hotel at 13:45

address: Avenida Atlantica 2600

Othon Palace Hotel at 14h

Address: Avenida Atlantica 3264

Ipanema pickups

Sofitel Ipanema Ex Cesar Park Hotel at 14:10

Address: Vieira Souto 460

Praia ipanema hotel at 14:15

Address: Av. Vieira Souto, 706 

On top of that, we expect pickups to last around 45 min before we reach our tour location. Consequently, the pickups start at 13:30 In Copacabana and finishes at 14:15 in Ipanema/Leblon, then the walking tour starts at 14:25 most of the days

This experience aims to educate you about life in a favela, which is such a big part of the culture of Rio de janeiro. See how residents live, and learn about the difficulties they face. The price of your tour includes a monetary contribution to the community. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.

Please note: We are highly sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas, and we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Brazilian life inside a favela.


Local guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multilingual guide

Private tours are available in French or German as well as English

Not wheelchair accessible

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 13-Mar-2020

    Thanks tout our guide we were able tout see an other part offre Rio, not the brightest one but for sure thé most interesting one. Our guide's comments were more than appreciated.

  • 05-Mar-2020

    We were picked up promptly from our hotel and driven to the favela, where the group was split into 2 smaller groups of about 10 to take the tour. Our guide was Carlos who was extremely knowledgeable and made everyone feel safe and comfortable in his community. There are a lot of narrow steps to negotiate but the group stayed together and waited for the stragglers and those taking photographs. We finished the tour in a local bar where everyone bought drinks and ice creams from the local shop. Although I originally had reservations about taking this tour I am so glad I did it and can thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting Rio.

  • 02-Mar-2020

    Alberto is a local guy who has lived in Rocinha for his entire life. He is animated and has a deep love for his neighborhood. He took our group through the narrow streets and staircases and gave us a glimpse of how life in the favela was. I felt very safe the entire time. This was by far the best tour I took in Rio. I absolutely recommend this tour to everyone who visits! Requires lots of stairs and walking on uneven and tight surfaces.

  • 28-Feb-2020

    It was a great tour with the local guide. Lucas was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He made sure everyone got the best out of the story.

  • 25-Feb-2020

    I really appreciated the Rocinha Favela walking tour and my guide, Carlos. Carlos explained that he was actually a resident and seemed to know the locals. It was important to me to be able support the community upon which I was intruding. Carlos was very insightful and provided his viewpoints on life in Brazil. I never felt unsafe (except for the driving, which is scary all throughout Rio) and was able to take pictures frequently. I wish I would have had more of an opportunity to buy from the local vendors. I would recommend this tour.

  • 24-Feb-2020

    Excellent tour guide Raphael it being 60 years old and visually impaired found the trip very difficult.
    No fault of guide but if you are a bit on the older side, think again. Very steep walk, very informative but was knackered after.

  • 17-Feb-2020

    A very interesting tour learning about life in the favelas and their history by our guide Carlos, who was a very enthusiastic guide. We were taken by mini bus up to the favela and walked downhill through the narrow passageways and hundreds of different sized steps. It was pouring it down with rain and had to be careful on the steps. Our thighs were still aching the next day! Our only complaint was that the group size was 25 , we felt it should have been smaller 12- 15, so we could have heard all the explanations walking through the favela

  • 17-Feb-2020

    We were collected promptly from the meeting point and although we were a large group (25 people) our guide coped well with the large number.

    It took quite a long time to reach the Favela (the traffic in Rio is horrendous) and we were dropped off at the top of a steep road. It was pouring with rain and we were taken into a semi dry hall to have a detailed introductory talk about the history of the Favelas, Brazilian politics relating to these and the current situation. Our guide was very knowledgeable with excellent English.

    He took us to various parts of the Favela including the poorest part which was shocking in terms of the state of the homes and accessibility. It was pretty treacherous negotiating tiny steep alleys with slippery steps. We brought crayons, pencils and colouring books for children and our guide took us to some of the poorest homes to distribute and he took the rest to give to the kindergarten the next day. We certainly learned a lot that day and would recommend this tour.

  • 03-Feb-2020

    This is a tour we looked forward to taking since we first learned about favelas in São Paulo. Our guide had expert knowledge of the favela as he has lived there since the 1960’s. The van picked us up at the predesignated location and we began our journey to the Recinha favela. We crossed the city and climbed the hill in the van until we came to a stop on a steep hill. We all got out of the van and proceeded to walk uphill for a couple of minutes. We then entered a stairwell where we climbed up some steep stairs and exited onto a balcony that gave us an expansive view of the favela. Our guide invited and encouraged questions and did a thorough job of explaining the history of favelas in Brazil. We then proceeded on our tour through alleyways, sometimes steep stairs and bustling streets full of people, motorcycles and life. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in favelas, their social structure and exactly how they work.

  • 20-Jan-2020

    I was a little nervous before the tour due to what you hear about the favelas, but as soon as we were in the minivan with Alberto and Bruno, I immediately felt at ease. At no time throughout the tour did I feel unsafe, everyone was really smiley and friendly, and the favela was much more built up than I expected. It was such a great experience. The guides were fantastic, and had so much knowledge of favela life as they’re from there. I hugely recommend it, it’s a must do for visitors to Rio!!

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