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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more


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.
  • Enjoy a guided Rocinha favela walking tour
  • Learn about the challenges of life in Rio's slums
  • Gain insight into the community from a resident favela guide
  • Price of tour includes monetary contribution to the community
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Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)

Departure Point

Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

Our tour guide will meet you at the entrance to the hotel NOT INSIDE at 13.30

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Av. Vieira Souto, 706 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-012, Brazil

If you chose 13.30 as starting time - be aware that it counts for Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel only. So, the 13.45 pickup time is for Ipanema (Praia Ipanema Hotel). If you have any question, please contact us immediately via WhatsApp.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your experience with convenient pickup at your Rio hotel, then transfer to Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela. 

Meet your local guide, a favela resident, and set off through community on foot. Learn about daily life in the favela and the challenges that residents face. Hear about the history of the favela and how these communities have become a large part of the culture of Rio. 

The price of your tour includes a monetary contribution to the community. 

Please note: We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas; we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. The purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of local life.
Stop At:  
Copacabana Beach
This is our first beach and place where we pickup most of our clients
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ipanema Beach
Second beach - another great location in Rio and one of the most expensive areas in Brazil. We drive by to pickup clients as well.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
We expect to arrive in Rocinha after all pickups at 14:30 for our walking tour - please wear comfortable shoes for the tour
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • You must be fit or in good condition to walk at least 5 km
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Favela Walking Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rocinha Favela Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Rocinha Favela Walking Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Rocinha Favela Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Rocinha Favela Walking Tour.

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  • "Be aware that many steps are steep and uneven, if raining could be slippery." See review
  • "Requires lots of stairs and walking on uneven and tight surfaces." See review


286 Reviews

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Great experience
, Jan 2022
Great experience with our guide Carlos who offered us with great generosity and clarity an insight into his hometown, its challenges ans its strenghts as a community. Thank you for your commitment ! Mathilde
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your great review. We appreciate your feedback! Kind regards
The BEST PART of Brazil!
, Jan 2022
I partnered with 5 ladies to do this tour! Full consensus amongst the group, this was the best part of our 7 days in Brazil! We went back to this favela twice! The tour guide Alberto KNEW EVERYONE THERE! He was soooo kind and extremely personable which made the tour a valuable experience. Getting to learn about and see the noble people who reside here was extremely rewarding. About the Favela: Let me tell you out the gate, the news and media will tell you this is a bad place. Don't believe the hype! Some will see this and think of it as the "S- word" that rhymes with plum however, they have much more law and order than the entire US! We felt extremely safe and the people were welcoming! They were sooo excited to see Americanos who looked like them! Seeing yourself in the people where you travel makes any trip or experience invaluable! You can not quantify the level of impact it has! It sort of reminded me of the fast paced areas of NY! I love seeing that the community had virtually everything you can imagine, grocery stores with fresh fruits and veggies, hair and nail salons, motor bike dealerships, taxis...EVERYTHING! They provide so much of their resources to their people throughout the community. I loved hearing and seeing that their dollar actually stays within their community and hearing how the people actually pour their talents into this community! Far from what some may see as "crab in a barrel" they actually support and uplift each other and the businesses there! I won't give too much on the ins and out and true experiences from inside... I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER GOING TO SEE FOR YOURSELF! I can tell you it is a lot of walking! You will be climbing a lot of stairs so consider comfortable shoes. If you have mobility issues, I highly encourage you to forgo this excursion. It's not hard, I did it the first time in sandals, but it can be a lot on your knees and joints if you have restrictions. Verdict? Add this to your travel plans while in Brazil. If you get Alberto, you will not be disappointed! When we went back the second time, Alberto showed us so much generosity! You can tell he was excited to see us again! The first time we were with a group of approx 14. The second time it was much smaller and I will say a much more genuine experience. My advice, see if Alberto can host you in a smaller group!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for every word you wrote. It is just amazing to receive feedback on our daily tours. Alberto is an amazing guide and person and is very happy for your kindness. Favela Tour Team
, Dec 2021
Carlos was a great host showing us his was an unforgettable definitely gave me a more balanced view on the reality of life in Brazil
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks a lot for your feedback. It makes us all very glad to hear from you. We wish you a great Xmas time with your family and look forward to seeing you any time soon
Very interesting
, Dec 2021
I had a great tour with a great guide. Very interesting to see the houses and everyday life in Rocinha. Three hours were just perfect.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks a lot for your feedback. We love hearing back from you. We wish you a great Xmas and happy new year. Kind regards Bruno
, Dec 2021
Rafael was amazing. He made this trip very safe. Took me to amazing views. Favela is not at all what I thought it would be! So much better!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks a lot for your feedback. We really appreciate your time. Have a great day
Satisfied customers
, Nov 2021
Carlos did an excellent job of explaining the history of the community. We learned and saw things with Carlos that I’m convinced no one except those on this tour would see. Excellent job.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks a lot for your review. We wish you a great day
A spiritual experience
, Oct 2021
Carlos elevated Rocinha into much more than something for tourists to gawk at. He brought a social consciousness and authenticity that had our group in tears. Of all the sites in Rio (and we saw them all) this was the most affecting.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you very much for your time and words. We all get very emotional with feedbacks like that. Carlos is an excellent human being part from being our guide.
, Aug 2021
The historical background shared by Carlos was great…. And it was really interesting to meet that side of Rio de Janeiro…
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. Carlos is an amazing tour guide and person as well. We wish you a great day
, Jul 2021
The tour guide spoke very good English, he was attentive to all guest needs. If was a great experience
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks a lot for your review. It helps us a lot on our day to day tour. Have a great day!
Great tour!
, Jul 2021
Great guide and enjoyed my time. I learned a lot. Everything was very friendly and safe. I would do it again!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much your visit. We wish you a brilliant day and hope to see you around at some point in life :) All the best

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