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Favela Tour - The other side of the Marvellous City

Favela in Rio (slum)
The Brazil Trip of your dreams for only
R$ 90
Brazilian currency

Book your Rio Favela Tour
Week days: 10am and 2pm
Weekends: midday
Style: Half-day Tour
Duration: 3 hours
R$20 credit card deposit*
+ R$60 cash at the pick up


Feel what life is really like in the favelas
Rio's peculiar geography has resulted in many favelas being situated on hills - facing the city's prosperous seaside neighbourhoods and tourist spots - a clear illustration of the unequal distribution of wealth in Brazil. In the favelas, it is possible to find all sorts of facilities such as stores, hairdressing salons, bars and clubs, etc.

You will be picked up in a van at the front door of your accommodation and be taken to the top of Favela da Rocinha, one of the biggest slums in the world. From there, you will walk down through the favela with the local guide. Your guide will give you an insight into and understanding of this fascinating environment, with the vibrant spirit of the people, especially the kids, a very obvious characteristic. During week days, you are also taken to visit a community run crèche with children between 6 months to 6 years old.

At the end of your walk through the favela, the van will be waiting to take you back to where you were picked up. The favela tour lasts for 3 hours.

The favela tour is an opportunity to give something back and at the same time, one that gives you a deeply personal and unforgettable experience.


Motorbike ride
Atelier in a favela
Favela da Rocinha view
Kid in a Rio favela
Kids drumming in the favela
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How do I book?

It's very simple to book your favela tour. Just provide us with the following details:

  1. Date and prefered time you would like to book the favela tour.
  2. Full names and nationalities of tour participants.
  3. Accommodation name and address in Rio.
  4. Contact details (skype, msn or telephone), so that we can get your credit card details for the R$20 confirmation deposit.

Book your Rio Favela Tour

Please Note:

  1. The tour is only confirmed once we are able to charge you the R$20 deposit and have sent you a confirmation. The confirmation deposit is non-refundable, including cancellations or no show by the client for any reason.
  2. Upon arrival in Rio, email or call us to confirm your arrival and inform us of your room number. Note that if we do not hear from you, we will assume that you haven't arrived and your tour will remain "on hold" for 48hrs. If we do not hear from you within 48hrs after your expected arrival time in Rio, your booking will be considered as a NO SHOW and will be automatically cancelled. Note that you will lose the non refundable confirmation deposit.
  3. Be ready at the reception or front door of your accommodation 5 minutes before the expected pickup time. A possible 10/15 minutes delay can be expected due to traffic. In case that you are not staying in Lapa, Santa Tereza, Flamengo, Botafogo, Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon areas, we will inform you about the closest place for your pickup.
  4. Pay the remaining R$60 (Brazilian currency) to your local guide.
    Enjoy your Rio Favela Tour!

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Where do you go?
Favela da Rocinha

Transportation & Staff
The pickup is done in a mini-van, up to 14 people. Upon arrival at the favela, everyone is taken on the back of a moto-taxi to the top of the favela to begin the walk down with your local guide. At the end of the tour, the mini-van is waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

Take your photo camera and spending money. There are stores and artists in the favela that you may decide to buy something from. Wear closed shoes. Girls avoid using skirts because of the motorbike ride.

Pick-up and Drop-off
From Lapa, Santa Tereza, Flamengo, Botafogo, Leme, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon areas. In case that you are not staying in any of these areas, we will inform you about the closest place for your pick up.

How do I pay?
R$20 credit card deposit +
R$70 cash at the pick up.

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