- Transportation in vans
- Have a beautiful and different perspective of Rio
- Get to see day to day life of the locals
- Pacified slums (guarded by the Police)
Favela Tour Itinerary:
Hotel pick-up in air-conditioned minivan. Introduction comments about the context of favelas in Rio city and Brazil.
– Arriving in Rocinha, welcoming, explanation about the architecture, public services, local cultural aspects, carnival, etc.
-Visiting the Rocinha handcraft center.
– Going to a local terrace, pause for pictures and images of a breathtaking view over Rio, talk about the security, local infrastructure, and other aspects of favelas and favela life.
– Driving down through the “Estrada da Gávea”, a former F1 race track.
– Visiting the “MORANGUINHOS” or “SACI SABE TUDO” community schools. These social projects are financed by FAVELA TOUR. Besides regular classes, the school teaches local kids initial computer skills, computer classes, capoeira, ballet classes, etc. These projects have absolutely no education or financial support from the Brazilian government.
– Arriving in Vila Canoas, walk through the community, optional stop for a drink in a local “buteco”. Stop at the local square. Information about the “Favela Bairro” urbanization project and other initiatives carried out for the benefit of local residents.
– Return to the hotel through all the south zone beaches.
Why Should You Go?
Most people relate to Rio’s favelas with poverty & violence, but this tour shows a different perspective of hope and beauty!
The Favela Tour is an illuminating experience if you look for an insider point of view of Brazil. The tour introduces you to Rio’s favelas (950 in the city). Mostly placed on former public areas on the hillsides, they are now home to 20% of Rio’s population. The tour is not only to explain favelas but to give you a whole new understanding about different aspects of Brazilian society.
This tour takes you to Rocinha, the largest favela in the country. Picturesque from a distance, the favela reveals a complex architecture, developing commerce and friendly people. Most Samba Schools participating in the Carnival parade come from favelas. This tour changes their reputation of areas related only to violence and poverty. Don’t be shy, you are welcome there, and local people support your visit. If you really want to understand Brazil, don’t leave Rio without doing this tour.
- Roundtrip Transfer from a predetermined location near your hotel
- Professional Tour Guide
- Food and Beverages
- Optional Gratuities