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Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong

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“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 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
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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
1  Thank Ashley D
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

The Favela tour was recommended by a friend. It did nit disappoint. Patrick was our guide and he was knowledgable, informative and told us when we could photograph...or not. He had tge resoect of the local residents and showed them respect. Patrick kept us safe...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Lizzieka
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Fantastic 3 hours spent travelling to and around two of Rio's favelas. One being Rochina, the largest one in Brazil. I Had an excellent guide called Leon who explained the issues of the favela. I must say that I actually felt safer in Rochina than...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank hollywood_9
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

A very intimate tour of 2 Favelas, Rio and Brazil. Marcelo wears his heart on his sleeve as he unveils the truths of living in Rio. Its a must do tour. Rio and the condition

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MuneerAdamjee
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Marcelo is a passionate, educated and knowledgeable guide. He is able to explain how the politics, education levels and crime within the country impact the way people live in a factual manner without it seeming like a lecture. We don’t love organized tours but this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank sheila1969
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

We are a family of four from Ireland, two adults and one 11 and one 14 year old. We were very hesitant initially to do the tour with Marcelo due to security concerns however we are so glad we did it. We felt completely safe...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank 305Diane
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

We did a Favela tour with Marcelo Armstrong and it was an extremely interesting and eye opening experience. He was an excellent guide and I would highly recommend him!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank samanthawX7450XV
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

This was a 3 hours tour and reasonably priced ($26 US per person). We walked through two favelas and learned the history up to the present. What made this tour impactful was the passion from our guide, Marcelo. He is definitely one who is trying...More

Date of experience: June 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