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Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong

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“vila canoas”(31 reviews)
“eye opening”(16 reviews)
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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Zona Sul (South Zone)
055(21) 3322-2727
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an amazing eye opening experience. As Carlos the tour guide put it "seeing 2 countries in 1". I absolutely recommend it, its safe! I could relate to this as its pretty much how my country is, its a bittersweet unforgettable tour. Always good...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SA4LIFE1
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

We had a great favela tour with Edson as guide. He was very communicative and friendly and showed us all the quirky spots and neighbourhoods of the favela. It felt very safe and it was interesting to see the busy every-day life of the people...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MadsfromNorway
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Barbara is awesome and really makes it come alive. She has a genuine love and care for the people of the favelas. Don’t miss it! But don’t stand in the open doors of people’s homes and take photos inside as some in our group did....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Ripwalk
Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

We did the Rocinha favela walking tour with Carlos. It was fantastic despite the pouring rain. Carlos is a passionate advocate for the favela people and the importance of education to lift the residents out of their impoverished situation.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank maranne0
Reviewed 31 October 2018

be warned don't go on this tour its political and dangerous wouldn't do it again ever Flavelas are not safe no matter what you tour guide says, rat runs, rats, guns, cockroaches and poverty booked stay clear

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank PJMS2014
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

The tour was superb. Our guide Barbara was simply the best. She gave detailed information about the history of the favelas, took us to walk around. At no time, did I sense any fear. Actually I felt that we were in good hands. We can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Victoria1126
Reviewed 24 October 2018

October 2018. We did the Marcelo Armstrong's Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour. Outstanding experience. Outstanding tour. Luiz was our tour guide: Extremely informative and passionate about the favela history and experience. Spoke English perfectly. Felt very safe the entire time. Toured Rochina and Vila Canoas....More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank John C
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Very well organized. The guide was so interested/interesting and tour was very safe. Very impressed by the favelas we visted. A must do in Rio

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lars l
Reviewed 3 October 2018

try to visit the rochinia favela, very interesting place,very impressing place visit the school and the copoeira dancers

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank regi13_12
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This was an incredible experience and was very interesting. Some of the homes were guarded by heavy security and no pictures were allowed making you wonder who was inside. It was crazy to see some of the poorest people on earth living in the slums...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from JoopOTheHague | Reviewed this property |
You can visit the site of favelatourrio or you can contact the organisation by sending an email to the former president of the residents of Rocinha: Paulo Amendoim or call him on +55 21 3322 8498
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30 December 2017|
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Response from Tammy-loulou | Reviewed this property |
We did the tour on a Sunday afternoon 👍🏻
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Response from morganao296 | 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