Guided tour

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider: LOCAL55 TRAVEL

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Activity provider: LOCAL55 TRAVEL

From US$ 32 per person

Enjoy a walking tour at the Rocinha Favela in Rio, the largest favela of Brazil, and learn about life in the city’s famous shanty towns. Take a respectful tour with a favela resident, meet the locals, experience their lives away from stereotypes.

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Duration 4 hours
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Spanish, English, Portuguese


  • Explore the largest favela in Rio in a non-intrusive manner
  • Learn about life in Rocinha, the biggest favela in South America
  • Meet the locals and hear their stories
  • Cut through the stereotypes and sensationalist headlines, and explore a favela in safety
  • Marvel at the beautiful cityscape of Rio de Janeiro
Full description

Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel at 13:25. Address: Av Atlantica 1702, Copacabana

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking through the favela
  •  Bring your camera
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 729 reviews

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Safer than outside the neighborhood. You have a guide who gives permission. On the way you stop at two 'tourist' places with a view. And on the way back an hour's walk down through real life. Go by local bus, be polite because the people from there are in the same bus (otherwise you won't get in) and return with a luxury bus. Both drivers were nice

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January 15, 2023

We booked the tour without knowing what to expect, we met Martin when we arrived at the meeting point, immediately we realized that he is a wonderful person, the best guide you can have, with Martin you live 100% the favela tour, he is prepared for every question, he took us to wonderful places where we felt really welcome, he introduced us to the locals, wonderful people, always with a smile, Martin has everything in detail explained and with him we felt 100% safe, I recommend this tour with him to everyone in Rio, it was a unique and unforgettable experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

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December 13, 2022

This was probably the best thing we did while in Rio. The tour is organised, punctual, and well thought out. At no point do you feel like you are taking advantage of the residents, or observing them in a “zoo”, as we feared we might. It was a great way to see another side of Rio that many don’t. Our tour guide Edmundo was knowledgeable, considerate and engaging. I highly recommend.

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November 21, 2022

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