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Favela Tour Experience

Highlights / General details

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.

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.


English speaking local guide; Transportation.


Items of a personal nature; Tips & Gratuities for your local guide.

Hours of operation

Available: Daily; Tour departs at 1:30pm.


Approximately 2 - 2.5 hours.


Meeting & Drop off location: Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001.


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!

Participant restrictions

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.

Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Additional Information

Light clothes, hat and sunscreen are recommended.


This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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