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

Know More about this tour

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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19 reviews by the users

  • 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.

  • This was a wonderful tour. I was worried about being gawkers but this walking tour was educational and informative. I will say that it was very strenuous walking down hundreds of uneven steps, but in spite of my age and two relatively new knees I made it with few problems.

  • Brilliant tour by Carlos, a local from the favelas! We got to try local food, play football with the children and got great information about the favelas. A must see in Rio!

  • Was only 1 hour including the walk to the metro. There was no pick-up but a walk to the metro and the time in the Favela was about twenty minutes. Not a good tour.

  • I ended up having a private tour since the other tourists never showed up at their hotel pickup spot, so this really gave me the opportunity to visit Rocinha at a different pace, including riding the local minibus up to the top of the favela. My guide Alberto was on time, he was knowledgeable and funny and his English is perfect, we could talk about anything from world politics to rock music and he shared many stories from his life and the community. Rocinha is full of life and color, in spite of the obvious problems that it faces. But at no point during my visit did I feel unsafe or unwelcome, on the contrary, we met some locals, people smile and life is just as it is in other places with shops, cafes, small businesses. I would definitely visit again, even on my own, and spend more time, go shopping, eat something, do my hair. It's also a humbling experience because it reminds us who are fortunate to visit that we have the means, that we most probably have good homes, good jobs, our lives are privileged and we shouldn't take things for granted. I had a great afternoon in Rocinha and I would definitely recommend this tour!

  • Very good! The guide was a local and he brought us into the very centre of the favela to see the actual living conditions of the people inside. Very interesting!

  • Carlos was an amazing guide, very engaging, funny, and passionate; he walked us from the top of Rocinha to the bottom while providing great commentary. We felt that this tour enhanced our understanding of Brazil and I highly recommend it.

  • I would say this is a real must do Tour when in Rio, incredibly educational giving you a far better insight into the real life of the wonderful people who live in the favela's. Excellent Tour guide who live all his life there, never would you be able to get around and see as much as you do if he was not so knowledgeable. There is an unusual beauty to the place, and friendly people never did it feel dangerous which is what majority of people think prior to going. Highly recommended to maximise your whole experience of this amazing city.

  • Such a humbling experience. The walk through the Favela started at the top and went all the way to the bottom, with regular interactions with the friendly locals. Felt very safe the whole time.
    Our guide Alberto was fantastic and funny too.
    Highly recommended while in Rio.

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