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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 5 January 2012

The guide Everaldo, was an excellent representative of the lovely Brazil ,expressing his devotion to give us a wide understanding of the social situation of the favelas in the brazilian society and its current and future impact on the country. His critic view while clever...More

Date of experience: December 2011
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Amazing, simply fantastic. A friend and I went to Rio and decided we had to see the Favelas to get to understand more about Brazil as it's such an important part of the country. We were the only members of the tour, which made it...More

Date of experience: October 2011
2  Thank Keyz
Reviewed 27 December 2011

I worried that the walking portion of the favela tour would be too extensive for one of our three travelers. And, it was! But our guide was generous in finding a place for our traveler to sit and wait for us. Sometimes the waiting was...More

Date of experience: November 2011
1  Thank LeitaLuetta
Reviewed 9 December 2011

Doing a favela tour in Rio de Janeiro is truly worth it for couple of reasons. If you select a good company, such as Favela Tour/Marcelo Armstrong, they do provide excellent guides very knowledgeable about the history, past and present issues. Our guide was superb...More

Date of experience: December 2011
1  Thank zeps
Reviewed 17 November 2011

We booked this tour by email, then had to reconfirm by phone in Rio which was a hassle. The owner, Marcelo Armstrong, was not doing our tour--said he had to have hand surgery that day. So we had a substitute, Ricardo, who was not from...More

Date of experience: September 2011
6  Thank berthajoy
Reviewed 24 March 2011

Good or not, it depends what you want and how experienced you are. if you have only one day and you dont speak portuguese and have no friend who lives in a Favela - go for it and you will see a quick insight. for...More

Date of experience: March 2011
3  Thank AndreasW
Reviewed 3 February 2011

Having been recommended the tour in the UK we were very disappointed with the guide on the day. She spoke to us for 10 minutes in the van while we drove to Rocinha, telling us a little bit about the tour and then told us...More

Date of experience: January 2011
5  Thank clw_curator
Reviewed 20 October 2010

Book the through "bealocal.com" which was really cheap. They picked me up at the door of my hostel and dropped me back when it was finished. The tour guide was amazing and had perfect English. It made me understand the way of life so much...More

3  Thank BimKenBowe
Reviewed 20 August 2010

I was slightly dubious of this "tour", but some fellow travellers were keen. It was surprisingly good and importantly money is going back into the community - helping to fund a school which has got a disproportionately high number of favela children into university.

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Reviewed 9 July 2010

Booked my afternoon tour through Marcelo Armstrong's Favela Tour (http://www.favelatour.com.br/). The site insists you book a reservation via telephone once you arrive in Rio due to possibilities of delays. Nonetheless, i'd recommend emailing them for an informational packet and pre-registration. The company provided many options...More

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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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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