Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 4 hours
per group up to 2
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I visited Rio's biggest Favela called Rocinha. These informal settlements provide housing for over 200 000 residents. I was intrigued to see how a location like this survives without any governance. Yes, these communities are neglected by the government which is sad. To my surprise I saw so many businesses and so many friendly and happy people. Keep in mind that the community supports itself. The Favelas are full of narrow streets and maze-like alleys. If it's your first time visiting you will probably get lost. Something that stood out to me immediately was the incredibly steep hills. Favelas are usually built directly into steep hillsides. Motorbike taxis are the most common form of transportation around the Favela. My visit certainly altered my perspective of certain negative stereotypes associated with Favelas as I personally just viewed Favelas as extremely violent no go zones. Yes, gang presence can't be ignored but there are honest, hard working citizens in the Favela.
Alfredo's ( Alberto) knowledge was immense and he was so we'll connected in the favela as he lived there for his whole life. He is extremely intelligent, sociable, and really explains the life inside the favela through bringing you on the tour!
It was a very nice experience, The guide is a very nice man, and he has a lot of local information. I really enjoyed this tour, very good!
Edmundo was an excellent guide! Fabulous experience! We would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience some of the culture of Rio!
Great experience walking through the favela. The tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable.