Favela Tour Experience

    • 2 hours to 2.5 hours
    • BRUK
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $71
    • *Approx package price

The favelas of Rio are well known for all the wrong reasons. Join this Rio de Janeiro tour to see this area which never makes it into the tourist brochures but is full of life, diversity, history, and community. <strong>Proceeds from all Rio de Janeiro tours departing on February 28, 2015 will be donated to the #hopeforSkye campaign to help children with Sanfilippo Syndrome. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.urbanadventures.com/blog/blueskyforskye.html">urbanadventures.com/blog/blueskyforskye</a>.</strong>


* Discover one of Rio's favelas, Santa Marta, and meet locals from the community

* See the first peacemaking unit (UPP) of the Rio 2016 safety program

* Understand the favela’s history and current improvements

* See where one of Michael Jackson’s music video was filmed

* Marvel at views of Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Michael Jackson’s lookout

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001.
  • Finish:

    Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001.
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide and transportation.
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for your local guide.

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. <br /> Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.  Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.


It's no secret that Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Blessed with an incredibly stunning natural setting, Rio is famous for just how drop dead gorgeous it is. It's also just as famous for its poverty and often misunderstood shantytowns known as favelas.
This Rio favela tour will give you a local look into the real Rio, from its beautiful vistas to one of its favelas, made famous in Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ music video.
Accompanied by your local guide, step into the Santa Marta favela, and take a walk through the community. Meet locals and hear stories about what life is really like here. Navigate the narrow alleys, learn about local life, and dispel some of the myths surrounding these vibrant communities.
In the heart of it all are some of the most stunning views in the city. We'll take a moment and stop so you can take it all in - Guanabara Bay and Botafogo look best from up here. Now is a great opportunity to reflect on your favela tour and ask your local guide any questions you may have.
You've just experienced the real Rio - there's no turning back now! 

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