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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

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Get a glimpse into local life in Rio de Janeiro during a favela tour that reveals a different side of the Marvelous City. In an intimate group limited to 12 travelers, you’ll explore two of the largest favelas in Rio, and benefit from the local insight of a guide as you learn more about living conditions in the city.
  • Gain rare insight into life in a favela during a tour of Rocinhas and Vila Canoas
  • A great choice for travelers that have already ticked off top Rio attractions
  • Delve deeper into local life in the city
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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We can make pick ups from most Hotels/accommodations in the South Zone of Rio. Please indicate the Hotel/place you are staying during your reservation and if your Hotel is not listed please still inform us of your place of stay.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Não operamos tours nos domingos a tarde. Tours sujeitos a quorum minimo para a confirmação final
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Favela 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro.

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One of a kind experience!
, May 2022
This tour was a one of a kind experience. Our guide "Leo" was super nice, knowledgeable and friendly. I felt safe all the time and the it truly was a great experience. Totally changed my mind about what a favela is.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Ana for your attention and feedback, mission accomplished!
, Mar 2022
Good and well organized. Interesting to hear about the history of Brazil and the favelas. Thank you Leo!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you, Ellie. Glad we could contribute to that. mission accomplished.
Interesting experience to understand the culture
, Mar 2022
Great tour with Barbara our guide. Very interesting information and we got lots of opportunities to ask questions. Really enjoyed this tour and certainly would recommend. Not a safe place to go without a guide!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks for coming, David, mission accomplished!! I will forward your message to Barbara.
Great informative, tour. Very inclusive tour honoring the people that live in Favelas ❤️
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide Leo was very well versed on the history and existing issues the people living in favelas face. I travel extensively, and look for tours that give truth and fact about the country im visiting. I want the good, and the not so good information so I can make my own determination about a place. I want valid and fair information. I want to see the people and learn about the history and culture. If you want this from a tour of the Favelas. A full idea of Brazil and its total history. Make sure and get Leo. Leo offered this. ❤️👍🏽
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very much April, your presence and review is quite important not only to us but also to desmistify the bad reputation the people from the Favelas have 🙏
Great experience!!!
, Dec 2021
I really liked this tour, I did this trip with my dad, and we had a nice moment walking through Rocinha. when we got to a high spot where you can see most of the favela is amazing the view you have from there. Also, we got some art pieces from local artists that now look beautiful in our house. Our guide, Leo, he did the tour for us in Spanish, he speaks really good and he knows a lot about the favela's history and give you a lot of interesting information during the whole tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for your comment!
Informative and interesting
, Nov 2021
Very informative and interesting tour to get to know the ordinary life in Rio. Well. Leo was very kind, professional and amazing
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank tou very much for your msg
Favela tour with Leo
, Oct 2021
Leo was incredible. He was prompt, friendly, and professional. I did this tour with my mother and daughter and they both enjoyed the tour and thought Leo was great too! I would recommend this tour, especially with Leo, to anyone visiting Rio!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are really happy to get your comment and positive evaluatuon about favela tour and our guide. Thank you very much for doing favela tour.
, Jun 2021
As a rule I generally shy away from certain types of "cultural tourism" while traveling abroad (e.g. those that cater to relatively wealthy tourists seeking out local and indigenous communities for the sole purpose of treating the locals as glorified props with which to spice up an otherwise sheltered, all-inclusive resort vacation and make their bubble trip seem more "exotic" to their instagram followers...) but this tour was anything but! Our tour guide Leo kept things dynamic and interesting but was highly informative as we explored the community - we were able to go from the rooftops to the deep alleyways and everywhere in between as we got a crash course into favela life. I felt totally safe the entire time and our small group size (just Leo and my group of 4) ensured we really got an in-depth view of Rocinha and all of our individual questions answered. My favorite part of the tour were the opportunities to buy local food, drinks, and souvenirs where the revenue could actually go back to the community. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Rio!
The Favela tour was...
, Mar 2021
The Favela tour was amazing! Our tour guid was very informative, showed us a lot of things!definitely must do thing while you are in Rio! It shows you culture and different way of life in Brazil! Views are fantastic there as well! It will take you around 3,5 hours to complete the whole tour and it is a quite workout but our tour guide Leo made it fun and interesting even though some parts of favellas are steep and it is quite good workout to go up the hill!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you Julia it was our pleasure to have you with us.
Don’t miss a Favela Tour when in Rio!
, Jan 2020
This is a must do tour of Rio! See how a favela or shantytown operates. Barbara was our tour guide and she was great. She took us thru Vila Canoas first, a small favela where we walked through and within. We made a stop at the school where part of the tour fee gets donated to. Then we went to Rocinha, a large favela and walked the main shopping street and district. We stopped for a beautiful view of Rio on our way down the hill and had a chance to buy some merchandise from a few shops run by the locals. Barbara our guide answered any questions and provided lots of interesting facts. The tour is somewhat physically rigorous having to climb up and down steps and uneven pavements. We also did a mini tour of the areas as we drove through to the favelas. We were picked up and dropped back at our hotel also. If you go to Rio, this tour is one you shouldn’t miss...It’s a major contrast to the beautiful beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema too.
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Great tour
, Nov 2019
Provides a very positive view of the favalas and the strong communities that’s they have. Great to meet the locals and see their positive reception to us tourists.
Great favela trip
, Aug 2019
We had a great afternoon at the favela. The tour guide was very passionate and informative and the whole experience was fantastic. I would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for your attention and kindness to drop a comment, mission accomplished!
À faire absolument
, Jul 2022
La guide maîtrisait très bien le sujet et parlait correctement le français. Nous avons appris grâce à ce tour beaucoup de réalités sur le Brésil et sur les favélas de Rio. De plus la promenade dans Rocinha est agréable, offre de jolis points de vue dans une ambiance détendue, de sécurité.
Une expérience à vivre
, Jul 2022
La réalité de la vie de cette favéla ne peut nous laisser indifférent. Nous voyons les véritables conditions de vie de la population. Avec un guide au top qui connaît tous les codes.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Merci Nanthilde. Nous sommes content que vous avez apprécié votre expérience avec nous. Mission accomplie !
La réalité de la vie dans...
, May 2022
La réalité de la vie dans une favelas qui est remplie d"anedoctes que l'on ignore... La "debrouillardise" de ses habitants
Tour cumplió las...
, Apr 2022
Tour cumplió las expectativas. Nuestro guía Leo excelente Nos guió x los callejones con seguridad y fotos muy buenas
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Que bueno que tengas apreciado su paseo con nosotros, misión bien cumplida. saludos,
Visite très enrichissante des favelas
, Nov 2021
Très belle découverte du favéla de la Rocinha. Léo est un guide passionné avec de grandes connaissances. Il parle très bien le Français. Nous avons passé un super moment et ne nous sommes senti en danger à aucun moment. Je recommande fortement cette expérience.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Merci beaucoup pour votre message positif !!
Bellissima esperienza
, Apr 2019
Visitare una favela è un'esperienza molto forte e interessante ; il tour è organizzato benissimo : la guida era preparatissimo e disponibile; la consiglio vivamente!

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