- 3 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Visiting the Rocinha favela, one of Rio's hundreds of "favelas" (the Brazilian term for a slum or shantytown) and the largest in the country, is a local experience that gives you the chance to see Brazil from another point of view. With a resident guide, take a non-intrusive walking tour to learn about daily life in the favela and gain insight into the challenges these communities face.
Our pick-ups start at 13:30, however, our tour starts in Rocinha around 14:25.
Duration of our tour including pickup and drop off is around 3 hours.
- Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
- Get inside tips from a local
- Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
- Entry/Admission - Copacabana Beach
- Entry/Admission - Ipanema Beach
- Entry/Admission - Leblon Beach
- Entry/Admission - Rocinha
Belmond Copacabana Palace, Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil
Traveler pickup is offered
We only provide pick-up from hotels we have listed in Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. However, you must Just let us know. PLEASE CHECK OUR DEPARTURE TIME BELLOW: Hilton Copacabana at 13:20 Belmond Copacabana Palace at 13:30 (wait outside the hotel). Marriott Hotel at 13:45 Rio Othon Palace at 13:50 Windsor Miramar at 14h Sofitel Ipanema ex-Cesar park at 14:10 Praia Ipanema Hotel at 14:15 Janeiro Hotel at 14:20
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Returns to original departure point
Everyday from 13:30 till 17h
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Copacabana Beach, Av. Atlantica - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-011 Brazil
This is our first beach and place where we pickup most of our clients
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Ipanema Beach, Avenida Vieira Souto - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-002 Brazil
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
Stop At: Leblon Beach, Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
This is our last beach and meeting point - after that we will head to Rocinha - our biggest favela in Brazil and home for most of us!
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil
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
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multilingual guide
- Private tours are available in French or German as well as English
- Not wheelchair accessible
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
First of all Carlos and his "back of the line" helper do an excellent job making sure everyone in the group was safe. Not saying anything about the environment in the Favela, however, the rality of the lack of resources for those living there reminds me places I've visited in India. This a must see if one is really interested in knowing the reality of the comminity in Rio.
Interesting to see the other side of Rio. Excellent local tour guide. Very knowledgeable guide.
Felt very safe. Would recommend this tour.
Carlos our local guide gave us a very knowledgeable tour , felt very safe, a once in a life time experience when visiting Brazil
Thanks for Roberto the very informative tour. You go deeply into the favellas: be prepared! The bus was there in time at the meeting point!
Everything was nicely done. Edson was friendly and knowledgeable. He was very respectful and took care of the group. It gives you a different perspective of Rio.
The guide was very kind and professional. Considering the safety of travelers, food and beverage recommendations were all excellent. I felt a genuine affection for his life in Pavela. It was the most meaningful tour in my life. I am deeply grateful to the guide who inspired me deeply.
We knew it would be great, we didn't expect it to be as amazing as it was. Highly highly recommended! Best thing we did in Rio.
Alberto was our tour guide he lived in this Favela, and it was very nice of him to show us his neigborhood.
i do recommend this tour very muc. getting to know this part of Rio de Janeiro was fascinating, also there were great views...
This was an eye opening tour that exceeded our expectations. Alberto, was not only our guide but also a local resident who showed us the entire neighborhood from an insiders perspective. He was funny and professional and shared the history of the favelas in great detail. This tour was definitely money and time well spent in Rio. I highly recommend this tour.
This tour given by Carlos was amazing! Definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I am so glad I booked this because he really does an amazing job of giving you the truth behind the other side of Brazil.
This was incredibly eye opening, and a true cultural experience. Our guide, Carlos, was actually from Rocinha, so hearing his perspective very honest, it seemed, was amazing.
If you have trouble with uneven surfaces, potentially consider not doing this. There is a lot of narrow path walking, with uneven stairs, through the interior apartments of the Favela. An unimaginably cool experience, but can be a little disorienting if you struggle with stairs.
There were also a couple of snacks along the way for purchase pastels and drinks, so make sure you have small bills, so you can eat all of the delicious food.
First and foremost, it's important to say that my wife and I were extremely nervous and anxious about this tour. However, it was one of the BEST things we did whilst in Rio. Our local guide picked us up from our hotel along with a number of other people and drove us to the top of Rochina. Our guide was keen for us to learn about the other side of Brazil away from the party town of Rio, to see the side of Brazil that makes the country the 8th richest country in the world but 2nd in terms of poverty behind Haiti.
The knowledge of our tour guide was extraordinary. He was friendly, welcoming, funny and above all made us feel welcome and safe in HIS neighbourhood. We learned about how homes were built, about social and economical problems, education, what the government has done and what the government COULD be doing to help these communities. We walked down through the passages of Rocinha, seeing homes, businesses, banks and art finishing in a bar towards the bottom of the hill for a drink and then on to a capoeria performance to round the tour off.
Overall we loved this tour, we felt that we took away a lot of information and, although nervous throughout, on reflection we never felt unsafe. On one hand it was difficult to see people struggling but on the other it was inspiring to see that a community had been built and how strong this community was. There is a lot of walking down often slippery steps so not recommended for those with trouble walking but hands down one of the best things we did whilst in Rio.
Excellent tour. Our guide was awesome and gave us loads of information about the favela. The route he took us on made prfect sense and gave us good insights into what we wanted to experience. We felt safe throughout and definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Rio de Janeiro.
An awesome experience that introduced us to the other side of Brazil! The tour was extremely safe and people in Rocinha were very friendly. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is interested to know more about Favela. No need to hesitate.
It was an amazing and eye opening experience. Carlos, my tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. He made us feel very safe in the Favela. All my Brazilian friends told me that the Favelas are dangerous and I should not go, however against their request I went and I am glad that I did. They are Brazilians and have never themselves seen the Favela. Favela is something that you only hear about in the news or see on tv but they do not bother themselves to go and see the reality for themselves. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone including my Brazilian friends. It is more then a tour, but a social experience to see the other side of Brazil that we rarely see. The justice or lack of justice is seen in this tour. I am not defending any sides, however hear the both sides of the stories before you judge Brazilian Society or the Favelas.
The tour guide showed up on time at the meeting point, a pleasant fellow himself living in the favela. His account of the live there was very interesting not to mention what met the senses when walking through the labyrint of Rochina. The people was generally friendly. The bus was good too.
Brilliant afternoon. We walked, looked and listened and got a real understanding of the heart of the favela and the strength of the community ties. I bought a small painting from a local artist. Great!
Our guide took us through the quiet alley ways and along the busier streets. It's been one of the best parts of my stay.
Mr.Edson,the tour guide grew up in this favela so it was fitting that he was the one who guided us and showed us the community. I waited for 1PM pick up at Copacabana Palace Hotel and he was on time along with 2 other foreign tourists from the Netherlands and Germany. He made us comfortable during the ride to the location and told us stories and things to expect from the walking tour. When we arrived at the place,it was not as bad as it was pictured by people who had not been there. He knows a lot of people there and they were cordial to us and somehow the fear that I had before I went there disappeared. Overall the almost 4 hours of walking and insights that Edson told us has been great. I recommend this to others who would like to try and see this place. Book here because this site is trusted. :
Guide Carlos was the best. Such an interesting experience walking from the top of Rocinha down to the bridge. Love it. Well worth spending the afternoon in a Favela!
Was a little apprehensive about this one given all the media about how dangerous favelas are. Dont believe the hype. Our guide Carlos lives in the Rochinha favela and was spectacular - he mixes humor, politics and history to explain how the favelas contribute so mightily to the Brazilian culture and economy. This is a tour that will open your eyes to how unfortunate but very proud people live and work. Highly recommend.