Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
from AUD $58.38
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.
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In Brief

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 hours
Everyday from 13:30 till 17h
Important InfoInfo
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: 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


  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)


  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Copacabana Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Ipanema Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Rocinha

Departure Point

Belmond Copacabana Palace, Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • You must be fit or in good condition to walk at least 5 km
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I really appreciated the Rocinha Favela walking tour and my guide, Carlos. Carlos explained that he was actually a resident and seemed to know the locals. It was important to me to be able support the community upon which I was intruding. Carlos was very insightful and provided his viewpoints on life in Brazil. I never felt unsafe (except for the driving, which is scary all throughout Rio) and was able to take pictures frequently. I wish I would have had more of an opportunity to buy from the local vendors. I would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2020
A very interesting tour learning about life in the favelas and their history by our guide Carlos, who was a very enthusiastic guide. We were taken by mini bus up to the favela and walked downhill through the narrow passageways and hundreds of different sized steps. It was pouring it down with rain and had to be careful on the steps. Our thighs were still aching the next day! Our only complaint was that the group size was 25 , we felt it should have been smaller 12- 15, so we could have heard all the explanations walking through the favela
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
We were collected promptly from the meeting point and although we were a large group (25 people) our guide coped well with the large number. It took quite a long time to reach the Favela (the traffic in Rio is horrendous) and we were dropped off at the top of a steep road. It was pouring with rain and we were taken into a semi dry hall to have a detailed introductory talk about the history of the Favelas, Brazilian politics relating to these and the current situation. Our guide was very knowledgeable with excellent English. He took us to various parts of the Favela including the poorest part which was shocking in terms of the state of the homes and accessibility. It was pretty treacherous negotiating tiny steep alleys with slippery steps. We brought crayons, pencils and colouring books for children and our guide took us to some of the poorest homes to distribute and he took the rest to give to the kindergarten the next day. We certainly learned a lot that day and would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
This is a tour we looked forward to taking since we first learned about favelas in São Paulo. Our guide had expert knowledge of the favela as he has lived there since the 1960’s. The van picked us up at the predesignated location and we began our journey to the Recinha favela. We crossed the city and climbed the hill in the van until we came to a stop on a steep hill. We all got out of the van and proceeded to walk uphill for a couple of minutes. We then entered a stairwell where we climbed up some steep stairs and exited onto a balcony that gave us an expansive view of the favela. Our guide invited and encouraged questions and did a thorough job of explaining the history of favelas in Brazil. We then proceeded on our tour through alleyways, sometimes steep stairs and bustling streets full of people, motorcycles and life. I would recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in favelas, their social structure and exactly how they work.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
I was a little nervous before the tour due to what you hear about the favelas, but as soon as we were in the minivan with Alberto and Bruno, I immediately felt at ease. At no time throughout the tour did I feel unsafe, everyone was really smiley and friendly, and the favela was much more built up than I expected. It was such a great experience. The guides were fantastic, and had so much knowledge of favela life as they’re from there. I hugely recommend it, it’s a must do for visitors to Rio!!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Our very informative guide (who grew up in this favela) led us through the many small maze like alleys, streets, and walkways as he held us captive with his story of growing up in this favela. His honesty and willingness to share his life was captivatin
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
I had so much fun! There was so much to see and do. Brazilian slums are the best slums in the world!!!
• Submitted 16 Dec 2019
This was an amazing walking tour and the tour guide being outstanding, speaking fluent English and French. Having come from the this Favela himself he managed easily to give us an idea what live is like there. Interesting narrow pathways and beautiful views. I felt extremely safe. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2019
Amazing tour guide happy passengers. A complete eye opener to correct the stereotype !!! So glad we went and I can spread the information !
• Submitted 22 Oct 2019
It was a great tour with a lot of details given about the life in a Favela. The guide took care of everybody and answered every question. I had the Impression that he was very honest and open with his remarks. The life in Rocinha is different from the life at Copacabana.It is worth to visit both.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
I was very curious about Favela and Favela life and this tour was great. Alberto the guide is an intelligent person who knows the Favela like the back of his hand as he's lived there for most of his life. While I was somewhat nervous at first due to the stigma and stories about crime - Alberto demystified the Favela for what it is and made the experience enjoyable and educational. I was pretty honored that he invited me to see his home , go through the local market and see that people in the Favela are happy, enjoying life and life in the Favela is not "sad" - it's just different since the law and order is kept by the gangs rather than the police (who mainly take a bribe from the gang lords...). We did have a moment of scare during the tour where there were shots taken in the street - but literally - 2 minutes later , the street went back to order. No panic, no stress. I'll gladly recommend the tour of the Favela to anyone who's curious and interested in seeing what life in Rio is beyond the "usual" tourist attractions.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
It was exhausting, the walk up the stairs n hills is no fun.. one saw the other side of Brazil and how some disadvantaged family live
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
During our trip to Rio de Janeiro, we did several tours, and the Rocinha Favela Walking Tour was the best. Our tour guide, Carlos made everyone feel comfortable in what could have been an uncomfortable situation. Carlos is knowledgeable and gives you insight into what he calls "two Brazils." Don't miss this tour.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2019
Such an amazing experience, Carlos our guide is from the favela and gave us such a good insight into the history and every day life of the favela, taking us down the narrow back alleys and seeing parts of it which you would never see/find with out his guidance. Thought of a walking tour through a favela night out people off as they may think it’s in safe and dangerous but please don’t let this put you off. The experience is absolutely amazing and not at any point did we feel unsafe. Carlos seemed to know everyone and really made this tour. His English and other 4 languages were superb and he really engaged with the group and was very entertaining. I would strongly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rio and it really does show the real side of the city.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
As a foreign tourist, I was concerned visiting a Favela would be an unwelcome encroachment on the lives of people less well off. but Carlos is a Favela resident who wants people to come so they can understand something about the broader social structure that perpetuates Favelas and the vast wealth disparity in Rio. He keeps it light, but definitely has an important message. Well worth the time and money!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide was very informative and never did we feel unsafe. The tour was quick paced and not enough time for pictures.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Great tour. Our guide lived in Favela and told many interesting stories. Tour recommended. Perfectly safe.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our guide Carlos, gave us an excellent explanation of the favela. A social experience, highly recommended.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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.
• Submitted 09 May 2019
Interesting to see the other side of Rio. Excellent local tour guide. Very knowledgeable guide. Felt very safe. Would recommend this tour.
• Submitted 18 Apr 2019
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!
• Submitted 08 Apr 2019
Carlos our local guide gave us a very knowledgeable tour , felt very safe, a once in a life time experience when visiting Brazil
• Submitted 08 Apr 2019
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.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2019
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.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2018