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  • Languages Offered: English and 2 more
Meet your guide at a pre-arranged meeting point, then travel to the favela via public transportation. On the way, get to know your guide, Jody King, who is a native English speaker and founder of an English school in Rocinha favela. 

By touring with one of the favela's residents, you'll get an insider view into what life is like there. Meet neighbors and learn about various civic projects in progress that aim to better the community. Wander down the winding alleyways that give way to lookout points with sweeping views of the city below. 

Connect with the community through visits to a local art studio. Learn about the role of graffiti in the favela's dynamic urban street art scene and get the chance to ask questions about techniques and inspirations. Stop at a local martial arts studio, where the Brazilian martial art and dance form is taught and practiced.

End your visit with a buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant. Your guide will point you in the right direction for the trip back to your hotel via public transportation.
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Gain a better understanding of life in the Rocinha favela during a tour with the founder of a local English school. Walk through the neighborhood's streets, meet the locals and learn about what life is like here. Get a window into the favela's vibrant street art scene by visiting a local artist's studio and learn about the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, by stopping by a school. End your tour with a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Walking tour of the Rochinha favela with a community member guide
  • Learn about life in the favela from the founder of a local English school
  • Stop by a local artist's studio and a capoeira school
  • Eat lunch in a buffet-style local restaurant
  • Transportation via public transportation
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Reviewed 4 July 2018
Exceeded expectations

This was a tour i had been looking forward to in order to experience the life in Rio outside of the city and it surpassed all expectations. Jody was in contact 2 weeks before to ensure that could arrive safely and recommend the best transport...More

1  Thank muzisbu
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile
Enjoyable eye opening experience

We met Jody on Wednesday afternoon for the favela tour after originally rescheduling from the morning tour. When my wife and I met him he explained that a police operation actually took place in Rocinha and some gangs were taken down early in the morning....More

1  Thank Johan C
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile
Amazing and operates as a charity!

The girlfriend and I did a guided hike with Jody to Dois Irmaos for Sunrise and then down through Vidigal Favela. From the offset Jody was great, we booked the tour with less then 24hr notice, but Jody was extremely accommodating. He is extremely knowledgable...More

1  Thank keeran18
Reviewed 5 October 2017
Very educational and worthwhile experience

There were no other participants the day of our tour, and so Jody was very accommodating in changing the time and length of the tour to meet our schedule. From the moment he met us at our hotel at Copacabana (on time) until he said...More

Thank mjbphx
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile
Must see when in Rio

The tour of Rocinha favela with Jody was excellent he's a great guy and guide. He gives you all the ins and outs of how day to day life functions in the favela and shows you some of the locals. The tour ends at a...More

Thank Dale H
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