Rocinha Favela Walking Tour - Rio De Janeiro

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This walking tour is a non-intrusive and respectful tour towards the lives of the people living there. We believe that through this walking tour, the cycle of drugs and guns can be broken through the power of education. The only key for the future. Come and see how the locals live in theFavela's on this walking tour done by a local resident.


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

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Your tour begins with hotel pickup in the Rio areas of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. When you arrive at Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela, your walking tour starts with your guide, who is a local resident.

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 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.

Inclusions for Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)

Exclusions for Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

May be operated by a multilingual guide

A moderate amount of walking is involved

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

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • It was an amazing and eye opening experience. Carlos, my tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. He made us feel very safe in the Favela. All my Brazilian friends told me that the Favelas are dangerous and I should not go, however against their request I went and I am glad that I did. They are Brazilians and have never themselves seen the Favela. Favela is something that you only hear about in the news or see on tv but they do not bother themselves to go and see the reality for themselves. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone including my Brazilian friends. It is more then a tour, but a social experience to see the other side of Brazil that we rarely see. The justice or lack of justice is seen in this tour. I am not defending any sides, however hear the both sides of the stories before you judge Brazilian Society or the Favelas.

  • The tour guide showed up on time at the meeting point, a pleasant fellow himself living in the favela. His account of the live there was very interesting not to mention what met the senses when walking through the labyrint of Rochina. The people was generally friendly. The bus was good too.

  • Brilliant afternoon. We walked, looked and listened and got a real understanding of the heart of the favela and the strength of the community ties. I bought a small painting from a local artist. Great!
    Our guide took us through the quiet alley ways and along the busier streets. It's been one of the best parts of my stay.

  • Mr.Edson,the tour guide grew up in this favela so it was fitting that he was the one who guided us and showed us the community. I waited for 1PM pick up at Copacabana Palace Hotel and he was on time along with 2 other foreign tourists from the Netherlands and Germany. He made us comfortable during the ride to the location and told us stories and things to expect from the walking tour. When we arrived at the place,it was not as bad as it was pictured by people who had not been there. He knows a lot of people there and they were cordial to us and somehow the fear that I had before I went there disappeared. Overall the almost 4 hours of walking and insights that Edson told us has been great. I recommend this to others who would like to try and see this place. Book here because this site is trusted. :

  • Wonderful experience and beautiful view of the Favela. Our tour guide is from the neighborhood he is funny and passionate. We got to see the highest vantage point and then took a walk inside the narrowed ally and I felt complete safe with him. One minor bump though, I am a photographer and I was hoping to get the perfect picture of the Favela just like in the advertisement. I was a little disappoint that we did get a vantage view just like that otherwise, this tour is a must see!

  • Guide Carlos was the best. Such an interesting experience walking from the top of Rocinha down to the bridge. Love it. Well worth spending the afternoon in a Favela!

  • Was a little apprehensive about this one given all the media about how dangerous favelas are. Dont believe the hype. Our guide Carlos lives in the Rochinha favela and was spectacular - he mixes humor, politics and history to explain how the favelas contribute so mightily to the Brazilian culture and economy. This is a tour that will open your eyes to how unfortunate but very proud people live and work. Highly recommend.

  • This was the most phenomenal tour we've taken. I read reviews and they said to ask for Carlos and we did. We are so thankful that we got him. This is a down to earth, get in the middle of this kind of life that you can't imagine living until you walk through. We never felt unsafe because everyone knows Carlos. It was respectful and informative and well worth the trip. We started walking at the top of this photo and found ourselves at the spot where it was taken. You definitely need to be able to climb and walk stairs and be in cramped confined quarters. Carlos lives in the favela and gave us history and life as it is as well as his philosophy on existing here. This is definitely a must see if you are going to Brazil.

  • Our guide made us feel so comfortable. You hear crazy stories on the news that I almost made my husband cancel. My husband and I were the only two for the day so we had his absolute attention, I never felt unsafe and the people were so friendly. I recommend it!

  • The guide knows the favela well and guided you throughout the whole place.

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