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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 2 September 2017 via mobile

If you like to a true experience of the people living a less privileged live go to a Favela. I'd like to recommend a tour (you can also find bar, guesthouse and other experiences, but be careful) like with our guide Marina. Favela people are...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank JoergS232
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This tour offers something different and we are glad we saw this side of Rio. It was nice to see that the Guide and Driver are welcomed by the locals. While it felt a little forced to tour the school, it is admirable that the...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This trip was such great value approx £30 - we toured two favelas and there was plenty of time to ask questions from the guide who was incredibly knowledgable- there are opportunities to contribute to the economy through purchasing souvenirs or beverages. I felt very...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 14 August 2017

- take the tour run by the locals of the rocinha favela - definitely a worthwhile experience - you may change your idea about favelas after this trip

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank muratgermen
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We did the tour with "Favela Tour" started by Marcelo Armstrong in 1992. It was safe and the guide, Alberto, was nice and experienced. They support a school in Rocinha which is a good reason to do a tour with them. There was also another...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank GajriKesar
Reviewed 5 August 2017

I can highly recommend the Favels tour, I did mine with ExoticTours, which offer tours in different languages, everything with a local guide and transfer if necessary. We started the tour by taking a local bus with our guide, which brought us to the top...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank annadiem9
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Pick up from hotel, and drop off there. 2 communities visited. A few stops on the way. Do it on a SUNDAY if you can: there is a nice food market in Rocinha.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank philhellich
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

I initially had reservations about going on the roscina favela tour due to safety concerns. I'm so glad I visited. Our guide and driver took us to the top of the favela in a jeep. There were 5 of us in the group- different nationalities...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Tammy-loulou
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I took this tour with my boyfriend on June 15th and really enjoyed it. Our guide Alberto was great. I'll admit at the beginning of the tour, I was a little weary of what we had signed up for, but at the end it was...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Amanda Lee B
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I was initially not going to take this tour from hearing what others said about it being dangerous. A couple went and highly recommended us to go check it out. I am so glad we did! This was eye opening for us to really see...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Amina S
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29 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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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