Private walking Tour: Understanding Life in the Favela

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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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You have probably heard, ''Don't go to a favela, it's dangerous".

This phrase is based on prejudice.

Would you like to experience a favela, real and raw?

Come with me on a free walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America, and learn what life is like here.

You will walk through the neighborhood while your guide tells the story of the community and how it has developed, from the beginning to today. Following the same paths, the locals walk every day, you will experience the scenes and culture of this vibrant, friendly neighborhood. You will visit a supermarket and other local businesses, and see social projects that benefit the community. You will also see incredible views from the high hilltop and take pictures.
You will need to bring money, for donations to community charities, viewpoints, souvenirs, and Moto-taxi.

What's Included

Local Tour Guide

good humor


off the beaten path

What's Not Included

Alcoholic Beverages

Private transportation


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 0
  • CHILD: Age: 1 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 13 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 59
  • SENIOR: Age: 60 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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

From the metro station we will take a moto-taxi (Motorcycle taxi) to the top of Rocinha. From there we will start the walking tour then we will go to another favela. We will take a moto-taxi (Motorcycle taxi) which will takes us to another Favela.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sugarloaf Mountain
From rocinha we are able to see the sugar loaf mountain.

• Admission Ticket Free

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
From rocinha we can see Christ the Redeemer.

• Admission Ticket Free

Leblon Beach
From rocinha we can see Leblon beach.

• Admission Ticket Free

Copacabana Beach
From rocinha we can see Copacabana beach.

• Admission Ticket Free

Morro Dois Irmaos
We will see the mountain from the favela.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

in rio de janeiro, between the sea and the mountains, among two luxurious neighborhoods – leblon e são conrado -It is a mythical and desired place. rejected and envied. developed and precarious. there is the Vidigal community. with about 50,000 residents, according to local estimate, the hill is an example of struggle, cultural production and community life. Vidigal is … a small town, in one of the most desirable cities in the world.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bar Da Laje
This pub is located next to the hill “dois irmãos”, near the ecological reserve “sitiê” and facing the sea of Rio de Janeiro, Vidigal is surrounded by beauty spot everywhere. Residents and visitors say that there can contemplate one of the most beautiful sights in the world. you can believe!
Our tour ends there at Bar da laje.
food and beverage are not included.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included


Unbelievable experience
kirk S, 08-12-2022
Our experience at the favela of Rocinha is a day to remember forever! Caio was a perfect guide who made everything easy and comfortable for us! I highly recommend Caio and looking forward to do more activities with him in Rio de Janeiro!
Fantastic Experience! Favela Private Tour
AndrewLC1207, 19-11-2022
It was a great experience with Caio. He showed me around, took me to the best locations to understand & appreciate the culture. 10/10 recommend!
Must do in Rio!
Julia H, 27-10-2022
The Tour with Guatavo was amazing. I couldn't imagine a better guide. He knew every corner and almost every person himself and gave me a deep insight into the life of a favela. A warm recommendation for everyone!
An absolute must-do when in Rio
239meric, 25-08-2022
I’m absolutely impressed with Caio and the tour. As a tourist, you get to see the glossy side of Rio a lot, but this favela tour is an absolute must do: this is where history of Brazil and the more realistic take on life in Rio connect.

It’s an absolute misconception to think of favelas as this red flag, or a spot you should never come close to, and Caio really proved this. It was super safe (and they usually are in any case, especially for tourists), but you’d still want a guide like Caio to walk you through all the interesting stuff - mototaxi to the way up, background and history, and of course an amazing experience on the way down. You’ll see peoples houses, the local dynamic commerce, get to buy smth unique from local artists, and go off-road for something super one of a kind (let’s leave this as a tease).

And the coolest part is that Caio knows a lot of people inside, so you’ll get into an absolutely friendly and safe atmosphere while enjoying some of the most beautiful views on Rio (Rocinha is located in some of the top spots so you’ll see some mesmerising views).

Absolutely recommended for anyone who’s in Rio for even the shortest time :)
trulieh, 18-08-2022
What an insightful and fascinating tour. Ciao is engaging and informative. Most of the tours stay on the main road through the favela, while Ciao took us through the ‘real’ community through the alleyways and back streets. I loved learning about and exploring the favela community. Also, Ciao was so gracious to give us a ride to the beach.

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