Rocinha Walking Tour: Get a Feel for the Brazil's Largest Favela (Shared Group)

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7 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

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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Discover the authentic side of Rio on a guided tour of Rocinha Favela. See what everyday life is like for residents, getting a unique view of their vibrant, culture-filled cosmos.

Meet our guide in front of the Cardeal Arcoverde Metro main exit in Copacabana. With the tickets in hand, we take the subway towards the biggest favela in Brazil.

Get an insider's perspective escorted by a resident guide through the labyrinthine alleys and stairs. Stop by businesses and chat with locals to get a feel for the community.

Go around visiting a craft fair, street markets, capoeira performers, a resident's house, see painted murals and get to know social works. Plus, take a motorcycle taxi ride to the top of Rocinha for breathtaking views of sights like the Christ statue and beaches.

After all that, visitors might want to taste some excellent typical local food.

This is a socially conscious tour where most of the payment goes to the resident guide who hosts the visit and offers full support.

What's Included

Licensed bilingual private tour guide.

Moto-taxi ride up to the top of Rocinha hill.

Subway / Metro tickets.

VAT, all taxes and handling charges.

What's Not Included

Food and drinks.

Tips. (optional)

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 8 - 99

Additional Info

  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Specialized infant seats are available

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.

What To Expect

To get to know the reality of the favela up close walking down the alleys of Rocinha and experience the day-to-day life of the community, knowing the way people live.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Visit the Laboriaux viewpoint, the highest point in the favela, from where you have a privileged view of the beaches and slopes of the Tijuca Forest.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Rocinha Walking Tour
Tanya M, 17-11-2022
I called for this tour at the last minute. Renardo was awesome and found a guide. My guide Roberto was a very nice young man. A gentleman at this age is not so easy to come by. We took the motorcycle ride almost to the top of the Favela which I really enjoyed. Roberto was very knowledgeable. He had lots of little tidbits about daily life, nightlife, schools and shopping. There is a hospital in the Favela that transfers patients to larger facilities when needed like any other small town would. This was
a wonderful tour. I loved it!!
A great day out in real Rio
jasontZ9322YB, 08-04-2022
A must see adventure. Our guide Erik absolutely makes it with such passion for his home. See the real everyday life of people in the favela and a different side to Rio whilst still experiencing incredible views
The Mystery the Rocinha tour as known as the largest Favela in Rio
Ladyshaw2, 01-07-2021
The Mystery of the Rocinha tour also known as the largest Favela in Rio De Janeiro. One must take this tour to really understand the word Favela and how the community of people living there interact and survive on a daily bases.

My wife and I begin this private tour with Bruno, our very skilled driver from the excellent tour company Gregtours. Bruno retrieved us from our hotel and drove us to meet Erik who gave us the guided tour of Rocinha. Bruno is a master driver as he skillfully navigated through the very busy and steep roads leading to the highest point of Rocinha in which we began our walking tour. Upon arriving at the highest point we made contact with little arm who is the well known all over that city. Erik introduced us to Little Arm who greeted us in his own way and we provided Little Arm with a small token of our appreciation ( a banana as little arm is the town’s small little monkey) we said our goodbye to Little Arm and Erik began loading us with information about the largest known Favela in Rio. My wife and I hint Erik with a load of questions and he answered each and everyone of them in great detail. Because Erik is also an English teacher and knows a lot about the United States, we were able to compare and contrast life in Rocinha to various cities in the United States as my wife and I live in the US.

The tour was awesome, safe and well structured. I labeled this review as the Mystery of the Rocinha tour as what appears on the tour may not be what it seems and one must experience the tour, observe the people and ask the right questions. We loaded Erik with questions as were we amazed at what we were seeing. We learned that the folks at the highest point of the Rocinha live a little bit differently than the ones further down the mountain. We were taken through small alleys and various shorts cuts to reach the bottom of the hill while gaining knowledge of the people and areas were we passing through. IT WAS AWESOME!!

My wife is a hard person to please and even she did not want the tour to end. She was very engaged and loaded Erik with questions. Once we got to the bottom of the hill we entered into my wife’s favorite activity ( shopping). Erik went from tour guide to translator as he begin helping us negotiate with the local merchants as we don’t speak Portuguese and Erik speaks perfect English.

Erik escorted us back to Bruno who drove us back to our hotel. Before reaching back to our hotel, Bruno briefly stopped by the city called LeBlon which has the most scenic view of the ocean and small eating areas with awesome food ( my wife and I returned later of lunch)

We were given contact numbers and advised if we needed anything while still in Rio give them a call and they would assist.

Thank- You Bruno, Erik and Gregtours from making our vacation that much more special. Your professionalism, your devotion to job and compassion speaks for itself and reflects positively on the company and your work ethics

490cristianor, 30-06-2021
I'll just say the favela of Rocinha is perfect. Erik, thank you for your pleasant time and it was an honor to meet such a great man. You people have to visit the favela of Rocinha because it definitely has a heart and soul. You get to know you and the other side of Rio de Janeiro!!! Obrigado
Tour in Rocinha
newtongomess, 30-06-2021
This was the highlight of our holiday. Erik our guide was superb. The Favela had a real community spirit feel about it. We stopped in a café and a bar and the locals were welcoming and friendly. Forget what you have read about Favela's. Go and see for yourself

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