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  • Address: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil
Pouring down a hillside in Rio’s South Zone, the one-square-mile (2.6-square-kilometer) Rocinha favela is crammed with a colorful maze of cement buildings, tin roofs, and upwards of 180,000 residents living in challenging socioeconomic conditions. The district is considered the largest favela in Brazil, complete with a culture and history of its own, and has entered a period of renaissance, with urban gardens, community art projects, and educational services revitalizing the neighborhood little by little.

The Basics
The best way to visit Rocinha is on an organized tour with a local guide who is familiar with the daily challenges of neighborhood residents, as well as various sustainable development efforts and empowering grassroots actions being taken in the favela. Educational walking tours offer insight into daily life for Rocinha residents while leading visitors to spots they’d be unlikely to find on their own, such as craft shops, community centers, and well-situated viewpoints. Private tours offer more personalized experiences and cultural exchanges.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Some tours donate a portion of proceeds to Rochina nonprofits or employ local tour guides to give back to the community.
  • A guided tour led by a local is the safest way to visit Rocinha.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces, or book a tour by bike or vehicle to stay off your feet.
  • Favelas provide a stark contrast to Rio’s ritzy neighborhoods, such as Ipanema, and an educational tour of Rocinha can offer a well-rounded understanding of Rio’s varying socioeconomic environments.

How to Get There
The best way to visit Rocinha is on a guided tour, most of which include stress-free, door-to-door transportation from your Rio hotel. While it’s possible to see the area on your own, it’s preferable to visit with a local tour guide to make your visit as educational and noninvasive as possible.

When to Get There
Rio’s climate is warm year-round, with the hottest months being December through March.

A Note on the Ethics of Slum Tourism
We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums, and we understand that tours of them may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that these tours are educational and allow for a better understanding of life inside Rocinha.

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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 83 Reviews

Venture into a Rio de Janeiro favela (the Brazilian version of a shanty town) on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Rocinha Favela Walking Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Walking Tours
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Favela Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Take a non-intrusive 4-hour walking tour of Rocinha favela in Rio, and learn about life in the city’s famous shanty towns. Take a respectful tour with a favela ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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Favela Tour of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro

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A great way to see and learn more about the favela of Rocinha is to take a guided tour of the community with the founder of Favela Phoenix English School, Jody ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

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Rocinha Favela Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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Rocinha Favela Half-Day Tour

The Rocinha has become a major tourist attraction in the city in recent years, as people flock to visit the community famous for living in one of the largest ...  Read more

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Favela Walking Tour at Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Tours
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Favela Walking Tour at Rocinha

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Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill, Rio de Janeiro, Walking Tours
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Biking and Hiking Tour from Copacabana to Two Brothers Hill

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Experience unique views on this 5-hour biking and hiking tour in Rio de Janeiro. Cycle along Copacabana Beach to the now peaceful favela of Vidigal. Drive to ...  Read more

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Enjoy a hike of the Two Brothers in Rio de Janeiro (Morro Dois Irmaos) and admire amazing views including the occupation and social contrasts of Rio.

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Morro Dois Irmãos Hike and Vidigal Favela Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Hiking & Camping
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Morro Dois Irmãos Hike and Vidigal Favela Tour

Rio de Janeiro offers some rewarding hikes and very few could parallel this one! Hike to the top of Morro Dois Irmãos and take in breathtaking panoramic ...  Read more

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Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Hiking & Camping
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Rio de Janeiro Favela Jeep Tour

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