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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro provided by Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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    Stop: 90 minutes -
    Arriving in Rocinha, explanation about the architecture, public services, local cultural aspects, carnival etc... Visiting the Rocinha handcraft center. Going to a local terrace, pause for pictures and images of a breathtaking view over Rocinha and Rio, talks about the security, local infrastructure and other aspects of favelas and favela life. Driving down through the "Estrada da Gávea", a former F1 race track. Walking on the commercial and central area. Visiting the "MORANGUINHOS" or "SACI SABE TUDO" community schools. These social projects are financed by FAVELA TOUR. Besides regular classes, the school teaches local kids initial computer skills, English classes, music, capoeira, ballet classes etc... These projects have absolutely no financial support from Brazilian government.
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    Pass by Copacabana Beach
    Pass by Leblon Beach
    Pass by Ipanema Beach
Important Information
3h 15m
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Não operamos tours nos domingos a tarde. Tours sujeitos a quorum minimo para a confirmação final
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Helen S wrote a review Feb 2020
12 contributions1 helpful vote
We did this tour in January 2020 and I have to say it was an absolute highlight for us. We managed to arrange this on the same day and the organisation was extremely smooth. Our guide was so knowledgeable and I really felt I had learnt something on this tour. This is a must when
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Nicky H wrote a review Feb 2020
5 contributions
This Favela tour in Rio de Janeiro gives a good understanding of Favelas - we visited Vila Canoas and Rocinha. It included a visit to a school in Rocinha too - interesting to see how this community project initiative is working in practice. Marcelo’s (the guide) passion to
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Date of experience: February 2020
AbbieLawson wrote a review Feb 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom66 contributions8 helpful votes
Our tour guide Barbara was very knowledgeable of all the areas we visited and her English (as well as other languages that she knew) were very good! We always felt very safe both in and around the favelas. There were lots of opportunities to ask questions and Barbara took us to
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Date of experience: September 2019
BKVold1 wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
Very interesting tour! Highly recommended. Very good guid. The tour also visited a children's and youth sports activity center for helping the young living in the Pavela we visited
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Amy H wrote a review Jan 2020
Dublin, Ireland36 contributions14 helpful votes
This is the best tour I have done in a long time and could not recommend it highly enough. It was a thoroughly worthwhile experience, I learned a lot and gained a new perspective on life in the favelas. Our guide Barbara was excellent and at no point did I feel unsafe.
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About the operator

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By: Favela Tour - Marcelo Armstrong
A fascinating trip to the favelas
Our guide , Barbara, was very knowledgeable and interesting. She showed us the other side of the favelas, away from
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Great tour of this historical favela
I took this tour today and I must say what a great experience this was. Barbara our guide was phenomenal!! She know
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Worth doing, more informative rather than just looking
I booked this via tripadvisor. It was good. You have to be open minded. The topic of favelas and whether you sho
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Nice tour and great guide
Thiago is a great guide! I was some few minutes late and they waited for me. Polite and very safe atmosphere, you w
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RIO Favela Walking Tour A Must!!!!!
This was an amazing eye opening experience. As Carlos the tour guide put it "seeing 2 countries in 1". I absolutely
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Great favela tour
We had a great favela tour with Edson as guide. He was very communicative and friendly and showed us all the quirky
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Fantastic! Don’t miss it
Barbara is awesome and really makes it come alive. She has a genuine love and care for the people of the favelas. D
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Must do!
We did the Rocinha favela walking tour with Carlos. It was fantastic despite the pouring rain. Carlos is a passion
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Terrible tour
be warned don't go on this tour its political and dangerous wouldn't do it again ever Flavelas are not safe no matt
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Excellent Tour
The tour was superb. Our guide Barbara was simply the best. She gave detailed information about the history of the
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lars l
Very very very GOOD
Very well organized. The guide was so interested/interesting and tour was very safe. Very impressed by the favelas
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Wow !!!!!!!!!!
try to visit the rochinia favela, very interesting place,very impressing place visit the school and the copoeira d
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Ashley D
Great Tour
This was an incredible experience and was very interesting. Some of the homes were guarded by heavy security and no
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Must do tour of Rochina Favela
The Favela tour was recommended by a friend. It did nit disappoint. Patrick was our guide and he was knowledgable,
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Extremely interesting
Fantastic 3 hours spent travelling to and around two of Rio's favelas. One being Rochina, the largest one in Brazil
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h 15m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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