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Favela Tour

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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An insightful experience

We booked through TripAdvisor. The dates were incorrect but as soon as I whatsapp’d the contact... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Samantha N
via mobile
An ‘OK’ tour

I thought the tour was average. Visited Rochina after learning some facts (shared by the tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sang06
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Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life in Rio's favelas, it is highly recommended you book a tour with a reputable favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact the community.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“vila canoas” (30 reviews)
“eye opening” (16 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We booked through TripAdvisor. The dates were incorrect but as soon as I whatsapp’d the contact details provided, they responded really quickly. We were picked up on time and our guide, Carlos, was extremely friendly and courteous. Not only is he knowledgeable, he speaks English...More

Thank Samantha N
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought the tour was average. Visited Rochina after learning some facts (shared by the tour guide) on the flavela itself and how it operates as well as some background and history. Once we arrived we stopped off to visit local artists where their work...More

Thank Sang06
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Firstly, all communication with Marcelo that I had was prompt and efficient. The tour provided a return transfer from my hotel and arrived exactly on time (no mean feat considering the traffic conditions) We soon arrived at the 1st favela Rocinha which I knew had...More

1  Thank Matt G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are two things you HAVE to do in Rio: go up the mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue up close AND do the Favela Tour run by Marcelo Armstrong. We travel the world constantly and the Favela Tour was an amazing and...More

3  Thank Kathy E
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

I was on the Marcelo Armstrong tour and I learnt more about Rio and Brazil in 3 hours than I had in the previous week. Fascinating insight that is highly recommended.

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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

First off all, i never wrote a single review (either positive of negative) after 13 months of traveling. This happend after the first time I wrote one: I was not happy about my conversation with Marcelo on whatsapp and I decided to share this experience...More

6  Thank Henk S
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Experienced the Favelatourrio.com from Paulo Amendoim (Peanut Paul) former president of the residents association of Rocinha. We found his contact details in the Lonely Planet book. He was absolutely lovely. As someone who has lived in Rocinha most of his life, he is very knowledgeable...More

1  Thank Susan D
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Marina and Claudio did an excellent job! Our day trip to Rocinha and Vila Canoas was incredible. I was initially nervous, but Marina quickly showed us that while, yes, drug traffickers live in the favelas, the majority of the population are kind, hardworking people. There's...More

Thank Drew S
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

With Favelatourrio from Paulo Amendoim, former president of the residents association of Rocinha, we booked a tour. Easy just by whatsapp, no vouchers, prepaid garanties necessary. Our guide Bruna Alvez waited outside the São Conrado Metro Station for us and 4 other tourists. We raced...More

Thank JoopOTheHague
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

This tour exceeded my expectations. At first I thought it might be disrespectful to go into these neighbourhoods and 'observe' as if you are in a zoo, (i did not plan this tour myself, and wouldn't have done it myself). But it was a very...More

5  Thank acdw1996
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Kahueka H
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Response from Tammy-loulou | Reviewed this property |
We did the tour on a Sunday afternoon 👍🏻
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Villa57
26 October 2017|
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Response from Morgana O | Reviewed this property |
The tour takes about 4 hours and the cost it’s £24, about (R$100 real) I would recommend “BE A LOCAL TOURS” With patrick gripp gibaja as your guide, as he does speak English and he is a very good guide. Hope you enjoy bro... More
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Sorry, I do not... Enjoy!! :-)
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