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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 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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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Joined the Favela tour in late May 2018 and the guide was Marcelo Armstrong. He was very passionate. Lots of information and things to see (2 Favelas visited from memory). Unlike the others, my visit was an uneventful one (lucky me). Marcelo took us to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank MitchH8
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The trick to a successful and informative visit to the Favelas is the tour guide. Our trip was arranged by an agent cruising Copacabana beach and the guide was a young resident in the Favela. Alex was incredibly enthusiastic and as a local had extensive...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Emesjay
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We decided on doing a Favela tour of Rocinha and checked the websites for the service we required and was lucky enough to come across Zezinho who runs the tours and supports the local children in the community through his involvement in the DJ school,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank jacktripper12
Reviewed 24 May 2018

We booked a tour of the Rocinha favela with a tour operator near our hotel two blocks from Copacabana Beach not really knowing what to expect. On the day it was raining pretty bad but we had 8 people on the guided tour. We drove...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

It was my second time on the tour, my first experience was very good. However during my time in Rio my credit card was scammed for a significant amount of money. After the bank investigated the time and date of the fraud, I realised that...More

Date of experience: March 2018
10  Thank Luuka J
Reviewed 16 April 2018 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sangychamp
Reviewed 20 March 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank MattG223
Reviewed 19 March 2018 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

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