Favela Tour Experience

Private Tour

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.

Rio Favela Tour Highlights

  • Discover one of Rio’s most well-known favelas – Tavares bastos – and meet locals from the community
  • Understand the favela’s history and bust some myths about life here
  • See where the movie Hulk and one of Snoop Dogg’s most popular music videos were filmed
  • Admire the views of Guanabara Bay from an amazing rooftop vantage point

Inclusions: Local English speaking guide and transportation.

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

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2 hours to 2.5 hours
  • Meeting point: Copacabana Palace Hotel – Avenida Atlântica, 1702 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22021-001 – Right by the statue outside the hotel!
  • Starting time: 1.30 PM
  • Ending point: Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22021-001.
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  • 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 gives you a local look into the real Rio, from its beautiful vistas to one of its favelas, made famous  in the movie Hulk and Snoop Dogg’s music video ‘Beautiful.’

    Accompanied by your local Urban Adventures guide, step into the Tavares Bastos 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 take a moment and stop so you can take it all in – Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain 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!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English speaking guide and transportation.

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature and tips/gratuities for your local guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  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 between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +55 21 9 8372 1107
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Ms. Lana M. from Australia travelled on 29 Mar 2017:

    Gabi was an amazing tour guide. Super down to earth and knowledgeable. She made our tour relaxed and informative and we really enjoyed it!

    Ms. Thelma W. from Australia travelled on 18 Mar 2017:

    Fabulous, well conducted and very informative. Best thing to do -whether first or subsequent trip to Rio.

    Ms. Miss T. from United Kingdom travelled on 19 Oct 2016:

    Fantastic favela tour- Danielle and Marco reassured us that the tour was perfectly safe.

    Ms. Hanan A. from United Kingdom travelled on 24 Aug 2016:

    this was definitely one of the highlight of our visit to Rio and I highly recommend it. I brought pencils and sweets for the neighbourhood kids and they went over a real treat! The people were so welcoming and the guides were very knowledgeable as they were living in the favela. I would definitely visit again.

    Mrs. Geraldine R. from Australia travelled on 23 Aug 2016:

    Daniel, our guide was knowledgeable and shared his knowledge with respect and sensitivity towards the SANTA MARTA community. This tour was beneficial for us in learning and understanding some of the ‘workings’ within this community.

    Mr. Farhan C. from USA travelled on 30 Mar 2016:

    Daniel provided an excellent tour! He was very knowledgeable of Brazil’s citizens in favelas. I am glad I went on this tour!

    Ms. Erica I. from United Kingdom travelled on 19 Feb 2016:

    Fantastic Tour!

    Mr. David C. from USA travelled on 13 Oct 2014:

    This was one of the most enjoyable tours we have ever taken! It was the highlight of our trip to Rio! The only bad thing was that we did not have time to book MORE of Urban Adventure tours!! We were SO impressed with their professionalism and focus on giving their tourists the BEST experience ever! Gabriel, our guide, was so fantastic, we wish we had much more time to spend with him! He was so kind, patient, intelligent and experienced!! We were very lucky to have him guide us through the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janiero! If you book with Urban Adventures, you will NOT be sorry!! It is the best for sure!!! Go and enjoy!

    Mr. David C. from Australia travelled on 07 Jan 2014:

    Great day tour, well worthwhile to help understand the history and RIO’s Favelas and to understand what is being done to improve the living conditions. This is a must-do for anyone visiting Rio.

    Mr. Rolando M. from USA travelled on 17 Sep 2013:

    Our tour guide, Luiz, was outstanding in helping us to better understand the culture and essence of Favelas. His knowledge was sound and he was astute to our questions. I would definitely recommend the tour and guide.