Rocinha Favela Tour

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

Rocinha street scene

Vibrant Rocinha street art

Capoeira dancing in Rocinha

Learn about Rocinha engineering ingenuity

Rocinha in the evening

Rocinha Tour Highlights:

Tour the largest favela in all of Latin America
Your guide is a true local, born and raised in Rocinha
See one of the most inspirational views in all of Rio de Janeiro
Visit with a local capoeira school
Explore the local Rocinha market
Support the local community

Walking Tour of Rio de Janeiro
Travel like a local on your walking tour of Rio. At Real Rio Tours, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and exploring Rio like a true carioca. That’s why our tours utilize Rio’s efficient public transportation whenever possible. Note: Transportation fees not included.

Favela Tour Details:

Duration:3 hours
Time:1:30 PM
Meeting point:Hotel pickup and dropoff
Group size:Never more than 15 people
Languages spoken:English, Portuguese
Not included:Tips
Cancellation:72 hours

Touring one of Rio’s most infamous favelas is both an eye-opening and humbling experience. Our socially conscious tour is designed to show you the very best of Rocinha, home to over 300,000 people. On our tour of Rocinha, you’ll get a firsthand view into the thriving and dynamic life inside a neighborhood often ignored by the millions of visitors to Rio each year.

Rocinha, the largest favela in all of of Latin America, went through its first expansion in the 1940’s, when workers from Bahia left the impoverished northeastern part of Brazil to settle in Rio. As housing prices skyrocketed in the rest of Rio, the downtown workers headed to the hills of Rio to build their simple structures made from concrete and wood.

Rocinha rebirth began in 2008, when it went through pacification by the (then) mayor or Rio de Janeiro. Almost overnight, much of the gang and drug violence dissipated and crime was dramatically reduced. Today, most of the residents of the complex and fascinating Rocinha favela have electricity, large screen televisions, and access to internet. You’ll visit the thriving markets, experience a local capoeira school, and take in one of the most awe-inspiring views in all of Rio.

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4 reviews for Rocinha Favela Tour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fantastic and eye opening experience. Definitely one of my favorite experiences in Rio.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Unreal tour of Rocinha. An important tour – one that we are glad we took. Our guide was an actual resident of Rocinha, born and raised there, so she was a true expert.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amazing tour of a part of Rio we never would have dared go on our own. Once the tour began, we really got to see just how…normal.. life in a favela can be. Also felt great to contribute to an actual local tour guide that lives in Rocinha.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Easily one of the most eye-opening experiences I had in Rio. Our guide knew Rocinha inside and out, and gave us a real insider’s view into living there.

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