One of the most unforgettable tours you will ever take! The tour through a Rio de Janeiro favela shows how many lower class Cariocas happily live in minimal, yet organized conditions. A must for everyone.
Touring a Favela is obligatory if you want a better understanding of Brazilian society. The tour is very safe and not voyeuristic at all. There are different operators proposing different types of tours in favelas and they are not all the same: some offer a closer and deeper analysis of the social aspects involved.
Most tours introduce you to Rocinha, the biggest favela in Brazil, next to the affluent area of São Conrado. Most are three-hour tours, partly walking and partly driving through these two communities. You’ll get the chance to visit the commercial area and the handicraft center in Rocinha and the local school in Vila Canoas, as well as taking in some impressive views over the city.
The tour changes the reputation of favelas, all too often related to violence and poverty. Don´t worry, you are very welcome there and your presence is important to help them finance local schools. If you want a better understanding of Brazil, don´t leave Rio missing this unique experience.
As a great primer, rent “City of God” (Cidade de Deus), and Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite), chilling movies around the control by the drug lords in the favelas in the past. But don’t be misled as it has changed drasically: Most favelas have now been pacified by the mayor’s new plan to re-integrate them.
Favela Tour [email protected] www.brazilexpedition.com Price: Starts at R$95pp for3 hour tour.