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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 TourHalf-day Tours

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de JaneiroHalf-day Tours

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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de JaneiroHiking

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 15 minutes
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Favela Brothers Tours -Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro Half-day Tours

Favela Brothers Tours -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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Rocinha Slum TourBus Tours

Rocinha Slum Tour

Visit the other side of Rio de Janeiro with this guided tour of the Rocinha favela, where you can discover the lesser known and surprising side of the Brazilian favelas. In this walking tour, we will have the opportunity to review our most negative prejudices associated with slums and connect with their most unknown part. We will prove the power of education by knowing closely the educational projects of social reintegration. Thanks to these programs, favela residents can achieve a better life without resorting to violence. In these areas of Rio, we can also find artistic manifestations and, in our tour, we will see the most famous graffiti of Rocinha. Some murals are authentic works of art that convey the feelings of the humblest Brazilians. The colorful buildings are another proof of the creativity of the inhabitants of Rocinha. After visiting the favela, we will return to the starting point in Rocinha to return to the Rio de Janeiro hotel zone.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Favela Private Tour Private and Luxury

Favela Private Tour

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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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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Favela Rocinha TourBus Tours

Favela Rocinha Tour

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Discover culture, history, and everyday life in Favela Rocinha - in a respectful environment - on a 2- to 3-hour walking tour. Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off spares you the stressful task of navigating Rio de Janeiro’s crowded public transit. Follow your local guide leads you through the streets South America's largest slum, which is home to 250,000 inhabitants.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep TourNature and Wildlife

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-offBus Tours

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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
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Favela TourBus Tours

Favela Tour

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An opportunity to be closer to the carioca people in their daily lives. You will for a moment participate in your experiences, customs and routine passing through the streets, alleys and contemplate one of the most beautiful views in Brazil.  And from there came all Brazilian culture, because but slums came Capoeira; Samba; Brazilian funk; Axé music; Typical foods; slang ... In Rocinha you can also have contact with a good northeastern cultural part, because 80% of the residents there are migrants or descendants of people from the northeast of the country. Even though it is located between two traditional neighborhoods in the south of Rio de Jaineiro, the community is part of the Tijuca forest.  Come have this unique experience with a local Guide and in the largest favela in Brazil.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Favela Walking Tour at RocinhaHalf-day Tours

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Rocinha Favela Half-Day TourHalf-day Tours

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de JaneiroHalf-day Tours

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers HillNature and Wildlife

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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  • 5 hours
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Private Helicopter Tour over Rio de Janeiro - 03 people - 30 minPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Helicopter Tour over Rio de Janeiro - 03 people - 30 min

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This tour is perfect for travelers who do not have enough time to take land tours to get to know our whole city. We have the best rates on Viator and Tripadvisor. Our 30 minutes panoramic flights will take you to the most important sites and tourist attractions , such as: Barra beach, São Conrado beach, Leblon beach, Copacabana beach, Ipanema Beach, Maracanã Stadium, the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer and the Tijuca Forest National Park. Our helicopters follow all the international safety standards. We have highly qualified mechanics and pilots, with international qualification. Do not miss the chance to fly over Rio with a reliable company that offers the most competitive rates on the market. And why our rates are better? We are located about 30 minutes from Ipanema, at the Jacarepagua airport on the west area of Rio city. The heliports located at Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and Lagoa have very expensive costs and taxes, and they transfer that to the customer. So let`s fly today?
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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High Cocktail in the Rocinha FavelaDining Experiences

High Cocktail in the Rocinha Favela

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Tour Through The Favela Of RocinhaHalf-day Tours

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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  • 3 hours
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Rocinha Community FavelaWalking Tours

Rocinha Community Favela

Get to know the biggest community of South America - Rocinha. with a tour guide that was borned and raised in Rio. Total security.
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  • 1 day 3 hours
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  • 1 day 3 hours
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Favela Non-Touristic Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Favela Non-Touristic Walking Tour

Discover the biggest favela in Latin America with Nino, an Italian guide living and working in Rocinha since 4 years. Through your visit you're going to support directly the social projects run in the favela and the community English school for the kids from Rocinha. Rocinha is a stream of energy that the tour tries to reveal in a respectful and comprehensive way by showing scenes of this extraordinary everyday life. At the same time, the community school wants to raise awareness about the favela, the main issues that its inhabitants are facing nowadays and the social activities that are being developed inside of it for the young learners from the favela and their family.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Swim in the waterfalls of tijuca forest + favela overviewNature and Wildlife

Swim in the waterfalls of tijuca forest + favela overview

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in this 4 hour tour travellers will experience the second biggest urban forest in the world and get the opportunity to swim or just relax in waterfalls, enjoy the nature and then visit the biggest favela in southamerica called Rocinha visit a local handcraft shop and learn about this incredible community!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Rio Starter PackMulti-day Tours

Rio Starter Pack

This started package is the best way to settle into Rio de Janeiro. Everything is organised for you for a hassle free start to your South American journey. You`ll be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hostel where you`ll stay for the duration of the package. It's a 3 night package in the uber trendy area of Ipanema, plus a Carioca day trip to see the `Big Dude` (or statue of Christ the Redeemer!) and a Favela Walking Tour (a unique way to know the biggest slum of Rio).
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  • 4 days
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Tour 7 ( 4 hours ) : Tijuca National Park and FavelaNature and Wildlife

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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  • 4 hours
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Tour 2 ( 8 hours ) : Corcovado , Tijuca Forest , Favela and beachesFull-day Tours

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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  • 8 hours
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Tailor made tourAttraction Tickets

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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  • 4 to 9 days
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  • 4 to 9 days
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