Witness the other face of Rio de Janeiro with this guided walking tour of the Rocinha favela in which you will discover the least known and most surprising corners of the Brazilian favelas. This half-day tour offers the opportunity to have a better understanding of the socioeconomic aspects of our city. We will get a glipse into the lives of people who live the favela. We can walk through the alleys, see how the locals live and understand more about their everyday life. Home to thousands of people, the favela is a place of resistance with vibrant culture and lots to see. We may visit the Favela da Rocinha or Favela do Vidigal, depends on the day. Be friendly, be respectful and enjoy the tour!
Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels and hostels in South Zone (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Leme) and Downtown (Lapa and Santa Teresa) areas of Rio de Janeiro.
Between 12:30pm and 2:00pm
On this walking tour, we will leave behind the prejudices associated with the favelas and discover what life is really like for its inhabitants. We will see up close how the educational projects of social rehabilitation have a powerful impact on the community. Thanks to these programs, the population of the favelas can move forward without needing to resort to violence.
Contrary to what some may believe, these areas of Rio also flourish with artistic and creative expression. Our route takes us past the famous graffiti of Rocinha. Some of the murals are genuine works of art through the feelings of the humblest Brazilians can be articulated. The colorful buildings of Rocinha are another artistic statement from its inhabitants.
Our tour also includes a stop on the spectacular winding hillside road known as the ‘Devil’s Trampoline’. This was used as a particularly challenging part of a famous car race circuit around Rio which took place between 1933 and 1954. During that period this single-seater competition grew to be one of the most important in the entire country.