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Favela Tour of Rio de Janeiro
Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour of Rio de Janeiro

  • English English
  • 2-2.5 hours

Witness the other face of Rio de Janeiro with this guided walking tour of the Rocinha favela in which you will discover the least known and most surprising corners of the Brazilian favelas.

Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour Itinerary

At the scheduled time, we will collect you from your hotel before heading to the Rocinha favela, one of the largest in Brazil.

On this walking tour, we will leave behind the prejudices associated with the favelas and discover what life is really like for its inhabitants. We will see up close how the educational projects of social rehabilitation have a powerful impact on the community. Thanks to these programs, the population of the favelas can move forward without needing to resort to violence.

Contrary to what some may believe, these areas of Rio also flourish with artistic and creative expression. Our route takes us past the famous graffiti of Rocinha. Some of the murals are genuine works of art through the feelings of the humblest Brazilians can be articulated. The colorful buildings of Rocinha are another artistic statement from its inhabitants.

Our tour also includes a stop on the spectacular winding hillside road known as the ‘Devil’s Trampoline’. This was used as a particularly challenging part of a famous car race circuit around Rio which took place between 1933 and 1954. During that period this single-seater competition grew to be one of the most important in the entire country.

Following the favela visit, we will return to the original departure point in Rocinha before taking you back to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Timetable and collection points

The tour includes pick up at the indicated times in the following points:

  • 1:30 pm: Hotel Belmond Copacabana Palace - Av. Atlântica, 1702.
  • 1:45 pm: JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro - Av. Atlântica, 2600.
  • 1:50 pm: Hotel Rio Othon Palace - Av. Atlântica, 3264.
  • 2:10 pm: Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Ipanema - Av. Vieira Souto, 460.

When you make your reservation, you should choose one of the pick-up points mentioned above.

Important information

One child goes free with every paid adult reservation.

Price

Adults Children under 8 years old
US$ 29
Free
  • Adults

    US$ 29
  • Children under 8 years old

    Free

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Duration

2-2.5 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off.

English speaking guide.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the same day (10:00 AM local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 29
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 6 days before

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 6 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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