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Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour

1. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour

Experience authentic living in Rio de Janeiro, on a guided tour of Rocinha. Appreciate local culture and a completely unique way of life in a city plagued by hardship and neglect. See how citizens use art, music, and community to create a positive atmosphere in this special Brazilian neighborhood. Follow your local guide to feel a sense of belonging in this tightly knit area. Learn about generational stories from residents, how they care for their home and their people. Discover street art decorating the buildings that cover the hillside, and grab a snack from one of many local vendors. Admire gorgeous views of the cityscape as you climb the high streets, and see as far as Christ the Redeemer. Notice the respect and kindness that locals have for each other and for tourists so they can protect and develop their beloved community.

Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight,  experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Next, you’ll see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM.

Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

3. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Tour and Hang Gliding Experience

Be picked up in Copacabana by air-conditioned van and begin your journey to Rocinha. Visit different areas of Rocinha before heading to Villas Canoas. This non-intrusive tour introduces you to 2 of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. See how these areas are full of life and friendly people. After you visit Villa Canoas, be dropped off at São Conrado beach. Meet your hang-gliding instructors and glide over Rocinha and Villas Canoas. Hang glide over Rio de Janeiro with highly experienced instructors, which have over 32 years of experience. See the favelas and tropical rainforest from a bird’s eye perspective while hang gliding over Rio. After your hang gliding experience, you can relax at São Conrado beach or easily catch a taxi or train to your next location.

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What people are saying about Favela Rocinha

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 991 reviews

It was an interesting visit to Rio's largest favela. My guide was a local who was born and raised in Rochina. We started our walk from the highest point and went down to the main streets through small alleys and streets. We stopped at a few local shops to buy things and even spoke to a few people. Our guide was very informative and explained well the history of the favelas and things to avoid. It was a great experience.

A unique and magnificent way to see Rio. The flight itself was just amazing. Be aware that the airport is a bit of a trip from the main tourist area. Also we were left waiting for 45 minutes without explanation and the actual air time was less than 30 minutes. That said, it was definitely worth doing. Highly recommended!

It was a great experience. Guide was carioca from this particular favela. We had an opportunity to see the best view and walk through the district with nice company.

great experience but I was kind of upset they didn’t let us take any pictures by the helicopter! you would think they would let you after spending all this money

It was the best experience ever, the pilot was funny and made sure that we felt secure and safe. Great choice!