Favela Tour Rio de Janeiro - Vidigal Walking Tour by Russo Guide

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From $29.62

149 reviews   (4.99)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Have a real experience of what the Favela was like and today!

Russo Guia, has been working for 20 years within Vidigal, 17 years in a small local business, and for over 2 as a guide. With it you will have an experience that only a resident can provide, besides valuing the local culture,

Qualification, took a local Guide training course by INADH, National Institute of Human Development .Currently taking another Protur Tourism Guide Course, knows and is well known within Vidigal

- Sitiê Ecological Park, former dump and today a place for environmental education and vegetable garden!
- Vidigal Olympic Village and graffiti court from above!
- Arvrão: place with the best panoramic view and the famous bars Bar da Laje, Mirante do Arvrão and Alto Vidigal
- Pope's Chapel: place visited by Pope John Paul II in 1980!
- Arts shortcut: graffiti wall (Graffiti by local artist @ tarm1 on instagran and other outside artists!)

What's Included

Licensed tour guide

What's Not Included

Drinks and Meals

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 100

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Leblon Beach
Venue Location: Sheraton Hotel

• Admission Ticket Free

Vidigal Beach
Venue: Sheraton Hotel

• Admission Ticket Free

Morro Dois Irmaos
The Favela where the tour will be held is located at Morro Dois Irmãos

• Admission Ticket Free


Amazing Customer Service
Herb P, 09-01-2023
Sadly we had to cancel the tour due to our own poor estimation of traffic on New Years Eve. Russo was absolutely amazing and very understanding of the situation. Our next trip will definitely include this tour and we appreciated all the helpful communication
Awesome experience
2BigP, 06-01-2023
Russo is an awesome guide! Visiting the Vidigal favela was one of my favorite activities when visiting Rio!
Amazing experience
familytravelerInd, 04-01-2023
Super experience. Russo provided a great tour full of personal input - he grew up there. We met locals, tried a New Years Day bbq chicken and sausage snack provided by them and a shot of something “special” lol. Got to see schools, how the water system worked, how the neighborhood changed over the years by someone who lived it. The climb is steep at first I'm 61 and in ok shape but not an athlete and although a little work totally manageable and worth it. You will enjoy it. You see the good side of the favela and a little of the not so good but you will feel safe. Just follow Russo’s request and you’ll be safe. I wore flip flops bc light and was fine but light tennis shoes probably better for most. Go and enjoy. I’ve been on several tours here and this one’s is the best.
It’s something everyone should try once visiting Rio. Super!!
213nairab, 04-01-2023
Great experience either for locals (Brazilians) and foreigners. Safe and enjoyable. It’s wonderful to see and know how the favela grow and works day to day.
Enriching, authentic, and incredible Vidigal Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro by Russo.
Ronald_C, 03-01-2023
I recently had the opportunity to take the Vidigal Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro and it was an absolutely incredible experience. Our guide Russo was knowledgeable, friendly, and really went above and beyond to give us an in-depth look at the history and culture of the favela.

The tour itself was well-planned and ran smoothly from start to finish. We were able to see firsthand how the residents live and work on a daily basis. It was eye-opening to see the poverty and lack of resources that many of these communities face, but it was also inspiring to see how they have created strong, tight-knit communities and found ways to thrive despite the challenges they face.

One of the highlights of the tour was visiting a rooftop restaurant in the favela. The views from the top were breathtaking, and it was amazing to see how the residents had created such a vibrant and lively community in the midst of such challenging circumstances.

Another highlight of the tour was visiting a local community park and seeing the positive impact that green space can have on these communities. It was truly heartwarming to see the children playing in a safe environment.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Russo's Vidigal Favela Tour to anyone visiting Rio de Janeiro. It was a truly memorable and enriching experience that I will never forget. The tour provided an authentic and unique look at the culture and history of the Vidigal Favela, and our guide Russo was top-notch. If you have the opportunity to take this tour, don't hesitate - it is well worth it!

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