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Rio De Janeiro Favela Tour

The favela tour is a unique experience where you get to look around a Brazillian shanty town in Rio de Janerio. It is an educational adventure where you learn about the daily lifestyle of the locals. The dense and communal environment is an eye-opening experience and one you won’t forget.

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There are roughly 500 favelas in Rio and around one third of the city’s residents live in these settlements. The largest shantytown is the Rocinha favela. There is a big difference between city living and the favelas. Although favelas in Rio are becoming more urbanized, many still don’t have electricity or running water. On the tours, you can interact with locals and get a glimpse into their lifestyle.     


There are different tour operators available. The average half-day tour is a humbling experience and you’ll gain a new perspective of what it can be like to live in Brazil.

The tours are usually operated by locals, some of which may even live in a favela themselves. Seeing and learning about the crowded and underdeveloped settlements is a powerful experience.

The money raised on each guided tour is quite often put back into the community, so you can feel good about your contribution. 

See the difference between a stereotype and the real deal. Those who are into films may have seen “City of God” where favelas are shown in a certain light. After going on a favela tour, you will see a true representation of what it’s really like. You will most likely leave with a new meaning of community.

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