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23 Feb 2017
“Learning experience ”
18 Feb 2017
“Best tour we did in South America ”
Favela Connection is a community tourism company in Rio de Janeiro specializing in tours and social impact. We work in the communities of Pavao-Pavaozinho and Cantagalo to use tourism as a vehicle for development for residents. Gabriel Abreu was...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Rua Saint Roman 46, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22071-060, Brazil
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

Gabriel was informative, patient, warm and above all, welcoming. The favela is something that many tourists have already made judgements about before coming to Brazil, but this experience truly opened my eyes to the reality within. Breaking the assumptions from the first step, the community...More

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GabrielAbreu, Proprietário at Favela Connection, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2015

thanks for sharing your review, so glad ou liked our tour Gabriel favela Connection

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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We have heard so many things about the favela (mainly bad things) in Norwegian tabloids and tv, so we felt that we had to check out ourselves if they were telling the truth. They werent. Our guide Andrè tought us so much while on this...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My wife, daughter and I were looking forward to this tour which was pre booked by our agents in the U.K. and our guide Andre did not disappoint. The tour which is about 4 hours long, takes you through the Pavão-pavãzozinho and Cantagalo communities which...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Gabriel is such a wonderful guide, he manages to give you a completely different view of the favela as opposed to what you are used to see on the news: a community that - despite its problems - works as a whole to help each...More

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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Our tour guide grew up and lives in the Favelas we visited and spoke English perfectly, so the communication was not a problem at all. He was willing and happy to answer all the questions from our tour group. During our visit there had been...More

Thank WhezzyJ
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Great guide, great knowledge and more personal experience as you actually walk through the favela with the guide (who still lives within the favela). I would definitely recommend this tour if you are looking to find out more about the favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Thank samduck
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Best thing I've done in rio, brilliant tour, really safe! And you get to see for yourself how the people live in the favelas.. Everybody's so friendly & happy. Well wort your time spent in rio, we'd give it 6 stars if possible, Andre out...More

Thank jamesthebricky
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The best favela tour in Zona Sul! This was my 3rd tour with Gabriel and I have learned something new every time. I felt completely safe and well informed about the community. Be ready to hike up many steps and don't be scared of heights...More

Thank sonny345
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Thank you so much to Gabriel for allowing us into his neighborhood and home. We climbed over 1000 steps and experienced the most amazing views in Rio. Even our 7 year old daughter made the trek without one complaint. Gabriel will answer any/all questions about...More

Thank clouisep
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

If you are in Rio you absolutely have to do this tour with the amazing Gabriel. I only wish we could give him 6 stars! As many reviews have mentioned, Gabriel grew up in this favela and still lives there in his family home -...More

Thank kateew321
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Vey Intimate and Personal tour of Pavao / Pavaozhina the Copacabna Favela with Gabriel who does an informative walk thru of his "home town". You get an intimate portrait of the community with someone who lives there and says hello to all the neighbors, a...More

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