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Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong

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“vila canoas”(31 reviews)
“favela tour”(89 reviews)
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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...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 yesterday via mobile

Marcelo was very informative and polite. Before I took the tour, I read good and bad comments as well. Despite the bad reviews, I decided to take the tour with him. I prefer to take the tour with someone that has many years doing this...More

Thank Marcia G
Reviewed 1 week ago

When telling our friends we were going to Rio, they half joked and said "Stay out of the favelas!". We didn't listen...and we're glad! The tour was a great experience and we learned so much about the culture, lifestyle and inner workings of the favelas....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LowveldLady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did this tour 15 years ago, also with Marcelo. A lot has changed and a lot hasnt. Still this is a very good tour to do to have a right perspective in Rio de Janeiro. I recommend Favela Tours for its service and hospitality.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pietervhnl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We doubted re favela tour, but after reviewing the comments to Marcelo’s services decided to join the tour. We were lucky to be guided by Marcelo. All the time we felt very comfortable and safe. We get a lot of interesting information on the Brazilian...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Dima_Palich
Reviewed 13 February 2019 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
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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
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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