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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

  • Walking tour of the Rochinha favela with a community member guide
  • Learn about life in the favela from the founder of a local English school
  • Stop by a local artist's studio and a capoeira school
Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro
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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro
From US$32.04
Gain a better understanding of life in the Rocinha favela during a tour with the founder of a local English school. Walk through the neighborhood's streets, meet the locals and learn about what life is like here. Get a window into the favela's vibrant street art scene by visiting a local artist's studio and learn about the Brazilian martial art, capoeira, by stopping by a school. End your tour with a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a pre-arranged meeting point, then travel to the favela via public transportation. On the way, get to know your guide, Jody King, who is a native English speaker and founder of an English school in Rocinha favela. 
By touring with one of the favela's residents, you'll get an insider view into what life is like there. Meet neighbors and learn about various civic projects in progress that aim to better the community. Wander down the winding alleyways that give way to lookout points with sweeping views of the city below. 
Connect with the community through visits to a local art studio. Learn about the role of graffiti in the favela's dynamic urban street art scene and get the chance to ask questions about techniques and inspirations. Stop at a local martial arts studio, where the Brazilian martial art and dance form is taught and practiced.
End your visit with a buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant. Your guide will point you in the right direction for the trip back to your hotel via public transportation.
Reviews (34)
1 - 5 of 32 reviews
Reviewed 2 October 2018
A great experience with a great guide. Not to be missed when in Rio!

Before going to Rio, I knew that I wanted to visit a favela but I felt worried about safety since I thought that favelas are dangerous and unwelcoming of foreigners. I was even discouraged by my guesthouse owner to go to one. Good thing I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank briandelrosario
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile
A must do in Rio!

We checked all the boxes on 'must-sees in Rio' but this tour should be on it as well. We really wanted to get a glimpse of the 'real' life in Rio de Janeiro, getting to know the people, the history and struggles you have in...More

Thank jonathanc030
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile
Perfect Tour

Couldn't have asked for a better tour guide or experience. I was the only person on this tour but Jody made sure it was informative, interesting and fun. My view of the Favela has completely changed! Buddy the dog made a great tour mascot too,...More

Thank M3ttz
Reviewed 4 July 2018
Exceeded expectations

This was a tour i had been looking forward to in order to experience the life in Rio outside of the city and it surpassed all expectations. Jody was in contact 2 weeks before to ensure that could arrive safely and recommend the best transport...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank muzisbu
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile
Enjoyable eye opening experience

We met Jody on Wednesday afternoon for the favela tour after originally rescheduling from the morning tour. When my wife and I met him he explained that a police operation actually took place in Rocinha and some gangs were taken down early in the morning....More

2  Thank johancapellan
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