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Rocinha Tours

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Rocinha
Pouring down a hillside in Rio’s South Zone, the one-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometer) Rocinha favela is crammed with a colorful maze of cement buildings, tin roofs, and upwards of 180,000 residents living in challenging socioeconomic conditions. The district is considered the largest favela in Brazil, complete with a culture and history of its own, and has entered a period of renaissance, with urban gardens, community art projects, and educational services revitalizing the neighborhood little by little.

The Basics
The best way to visit Rocinha is on an organized tour with a local guide who is familiar with the daily challenges of neighborhood residents, as well as various sustainable development efforts and empowering grassroots actions being taken in the favela. Educational walking tours offer insight into daily life for Rocinha residents while leading visitors to spots they’d be unlikely to find on their own, such as craft shops, community centers, and well-situated viewpoints. Private tours offer more personalized experiences and cultural exchanges.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Some tours donate a portion of proceeds to Rochina nonprofits or employ local tour guides to give back to the community.
  • A guided tour led by a local is the safest way to visit Rocinha.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces, or book a tour by bike or vehicle to stay off your feet.
  • Favelas provide a stark contrast to Rio’s ritzy neighborhoods, such as Ipanema, and an educational tour of Rocinha can offer a well-rounded understanding of Rio’s varying socioeconomic environments.

How to Get There
The best way to visit Rocinha is on a guided tour, most of which include stress-free, door-to-door transportation from your Rio hotel. While it’s possible to see the area on your own, it’s preferable to visit with a local tour guide to make your visit as educational and noninvasive as possible.

When to Get There
Rio’s climate is warm year-round, with the hottest months being December through March.

A Note on the Ethics of Slum Tourism
We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums, and we understand that tours of them may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that these tours are educational and allow for a better understanding of life inside Rocinha.
Address: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil
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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth local experience with this walking tour of one of Rio's favelas, Rocinha. Follow your resident guide to get an insider's perspective on daily life and learn about the challenges these communities face.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.01
$33.76
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$27.01
$33.76
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Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

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Favela Brothers is a family run tour company, operated by the brothers Maka and Obi Basilio, both born and raised in Favela da Rocinha. We decided to organize guided tours within the community in which we live to offer a unique and quality service for travellers who are in search of culture and knowledge. Our tours allow a great immersion into daily life inside the favela and it is a great cultural exchange for all. You will learn about the history from the eyes of the locals, As the whole tour is carried out on foot where you get to know the alleys, rooftops, shops, cultural projects with which we work, and delicious local restaurants if you get hungry. Part of the resources that we collect through the tours, we donate to assist social projects (capoeira and an English school) that contribute to the education and development of the community's children and youth.
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  • 3 hours
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$25.00
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$25.00
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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

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Gain a better understanding of life in the Rocinha favela during a tour with the founder of a local English school. Walk through the neighborhood's streets, meet the locals and learn about what life is like here. Get a window into the favela's vibrant street art scene by visiting a local artist's studio and learn about the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, by stopping by a school. End your tour with a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 5 hours
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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

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Get a glimpse into local life in Rio de Janeiro during a favela tour that reveals a different side of the Marvelous City. In an intimate group limited to 12 travelers, you’ll explore two of the largest favelas in Rio, and benefit from the local insight of a guide as you learn more about living conditions in the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.90
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Rocinha Favela Half-Day Tour

Rocinha Favela Half-Day Tour

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Immerse yourself in local life during this half-day educational tour of Rocinha Favela, one of South America's largest urban slums. Through your guide's thoughtful commentary, learn about the social, economic, and political features of this unique neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 4 hours
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$100.16
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Rocinha Lucky Tour

Rocinha Lucky Tour

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A Unique Experience Join me on a unforgettable trip around the largest Favela in Brazil. Through alleys and streets, see and learn about our history and social culture, all while going through unique places you can't find anywhere else in the world! Dangerous? Not quite! Despite the claims of the Media and people who never actually visited us, the Rocinha Favela is one of the safest place in all Rio. Specially during local tour schedules! Have a 100% safe walk on a living urban history site with a local guide that is there to both accompany and take care of you. What makes Lucky Tour different? The biggest difference between Lucky and other general Tour Agencies, it's that the your trip is made with a local guide, born and raised inside the Favela, that takes you through places that most Guides won't, mostly out of fear or they don't know the Labyrinth that Rocinha can be. You can't leave Rio without visiting us! Everyone is equal in our place!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$15.94
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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Explore Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Latin America, during this 3-hour guided educational tour. Walk through the local community with your guide to learn about what life is like there. Interact with members of the community, learn about the history of Rocinha and gain a deeper understanding of the economic and political factors that shape Rio society. Round-trip transportation from Rio de Janeiro hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.00
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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Explore Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Latin America, during this 4-hour guided educational tour. Walk through the local community with your guide to learn about what life is like there. Interact with members of the community, learn about the history of Rocinha and gain a deeper understanding of the economic and political factors that shape Rio society.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.49
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Favela Walking Tour at Rocinha

Favela Walking Tour at Rocinha

Spend an afternoon learning about the culture and history of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas with a three-hour guided walking tour of the city’s largest favela: Rocinha. Your local guide picks you up from your hotel and leads you on a tour though one of Rio’s favelas, where you learn about the cycle of crime, drugs, and weapons with the hope that the cycle can be broken though education. After touring the area safely, return to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
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$62.00
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Private Cultural Walking Tour in Favela

Private Cultural Walking Tour in Favela

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If you have ever heard. '' Don't go to a Favela(slum) '' is dangerous. however you know this phrase is a preconception. Would you like to know a real favela? Would you like to see the reality, naked and raw? Then come with me! I do not offer pick up. But I will send you the address so you can come by Uber / taxi or by subway. Getting to our meeting point is simple and affordable. You will tour the neighborhood as your guide tells you the history of the community and how it has developed to this day. In the "sky window" at the top you will see amazing views and take photos. Walking the same paths that local people travel every day, you will experience the scenes and culture of this vibrant and friendly neighborhood. You will visit a neighborhood supermarket and other local businesses and see some of the social projects that benefit the community. You will need to bring money for a donation in some places we visit, such as rooftops, house (around $ 10) and drinks and souvenirs.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
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Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill

Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill

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The iconic peaks of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain are the top picks for hiking in Rio de Janeiro, but some of the most spectacular views can be found away from the tourist crowds. This 5-hour hiking and cycling adventure includes a bike ride along Copacabana beach, a drive through the colorful Vidigal favela, and a thrilling hike to the top of the Two Brothers Hills, from where the views span Ipanema beach, the Tijuca Forest, and the Christ the Redeemer statue.
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  • 5 hours
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$47.30
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High Cocktail in the Rocinha Favela

High Cocktail in the Rocinha Favela

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Unique and exclusive experience about tasting Alta Cocktail in a favela, with an incredible view of the City of Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 4 hours
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Favela Tour in Rocinha with Transfer

Favela Tour in Rocinha with Transfer

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Touring Tour Agency is located in Rio de Janeiro. At our agency, you will have the opportunity to visit the sights of Rio de Janeiro, help to make cultural exchanges and friendships with people from different parts of the world. Respect, kindness, and preservation of local culture and moral values ​​are the only way to grow in a fair society.
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  • 4 hours
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Guided Tour to Favela da Rocinha

Guided Tour to Favela da Rocinha

We start at the highest point of the favela, from this point, you will be able to contemplate a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Admire the Christ the Redeemer, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Ipanema Lagoon. Then we pass one of the most famous terraces in the community where we appreciate the grandeur of the favela and you will be able to take excellent photos; then we enter the alleys of the favela where we find colorful and hidden houses, we interact with the residents, we have an incredible cultural exchange, we pass through spectacular murals and graffiti getting to know the real Brazil
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  • 3 hours
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Tour Through The Favela Of Rocinha

Tour Through The Favela Of Rocinha

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With this tour Rocinha Favela Tour, which includes a visit to the Vila Canoas Favela, you will increase your knowledge of Brazil, its people and its culture. Buy this informative, educational and safe tour now!
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  • 3 hours
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$63.86
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Jeep Tour - Favela da Rocinha - Rj

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Jeep Tour - Favela da Rocinha - Rj

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In a jeep without a roof, explore one of the largest slums in Latin America. Check out the social projects and watch the Brazilian swing in a capoeira presentation with children and teenagers, marvel at the views of the Community and São Conrado beach. Discover the Carlinhos slab and admire the look of Christ the Redeemer. Walk along alleys and the catwalk, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, to reach the open market with northeastern products, food, drinks. Get in touch with local artisans, who paint prints about the community and souvenir sellers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Favela Tour Jeep Adventure

Favela Tour Jeep Adventure

Visit to the Rocinha community to get to know the way of life of its residents, their customs and their development and culture. In addition to the panoramic walkway at Praia de São Conrado.
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  • 3 hours
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Social Tour Jeep Adventure

Social Tour Jeep Adventure

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A visit to the social reality of Rio, see the contrast of our people visiting Rocinha, the largest community in Latin America, following the daily life and way of life of its residents. We will pass through one of the neighborhoods with the highest purchasing power in the city, Barra da Tijuca, where famous people live, the president of the republic and many important Brazilian businessmen.
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  • 4 hours
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Tailor made tour

Tailor made tour

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This tour can cover the hidden gems of Rio , the off beaten sites. All private and with safety , the tourist can make a selection of places he or she wants to see , including the experience of living the way of life in Rio , with its food , drinks , music ,customs , and peculiarities just found here
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep Tour

Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep Tour

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Get an in-depth, compassionate tour of the Rocinha favela (the Brazilian term for shantytown) during this excursion via Jeep. With your in-the-know guide, meet the locals and observe their daily life, including visits to the neighborhood school and a street fair. Transportation from select hotels is provided.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.27
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Private Hiking Tour to Dois Irmãos - Rio de Janeiro - by Rio Eco Trip

Private Hiking Tour to Dois Irmãos - Rio de Janeiro - by Rio Eco Trip

Morro Dois Irmãos Mountain The Two brothers Hills are located on the top of the Vidigal favela, famous for its amazing landscapes, printed in all Rios postcard! The Track has moderate level, special view of Rocinha and Vidigal Favelas. At the top is possible to see all the beaches, mountains, lagoon and Guanabara Bay. On the way down we get to know a bit more about the favela’s life style and take some pictures while walking down the Vidigal Favela. Included: Transportation & guide. Not Included: Kombi transportation or mototaxi at Vidigal favela, around R$15 (both ways) If you are traveling alone let us know that we can include you in an existing group.
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  • 5 hours
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Tour 2 ( 8 hours ) : Corcovado , Tijuca Forest , Favela and beaches

Tour 2 ( 8 hours ) : Corcovado , Tijuca Forest , Favela and beaches

I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . My background as a visual artist gives an extra flavour to my tours
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  • 8 hours
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Tour 4 ( 8 hours ) : Sugar Loaf , Botanical Garden , Favela and western beaches

Tour 4 ( 8 hours ) : Sugar Loaf , Botanical Garden , Favela and western beaches

I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . Besides I have lots of experience to make a very special tour
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  • 8 hours
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Tour 7 ( 4 hours ) : Tijuca National Park and Favela

Tour 7 ( 4 hours ) : Tijuca National Park and Favela

I am born and raised in Rio and love my city . Besides that I have lots of experience and can offer a great tour !
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  • 4 hours
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