Favela Tour reveals
the way of life of around 20% of Rio population. It
changes the general idea that favelas are simply no-go
areas dominated by criminals only, and opens a new
perspective over Rio society. It is a tour to understand
the city, its contrasts and paradoxes.
tour takes the visitors to the community
of Vila Canoas, with around 2500 people, and Rocinha,
the largest favela in Brazil, having around 60.000
dwellers. Both are placed within the rich neighborhood
of São Conrado. In Vila Canoas, we make a walking
trip through its narrow alleyways and get a good idea
of its local initiatives that are also part of many
Rio favelas. Once in Rocinha, the contrasts are more
evident as much as we go higher and deeper inside.
Its huge dimensions, wide variety of commerce and
breathtaking view from the top is certainly impressive
for any visitor.
tour has two departures a day and takes
about 3 hours.
program schedule below:
Start at 9:00 or 14:00 with Hotel pick-up.
or 14:30: Arriving in Rocinha, explanations
about the architecture, public services, carnival
etc. Going to a local terrace, pause for pictures
of an amazing view to Rio de Janeiro, talks about
security and many other aspects of local society.
Driving down the Gavea Street, stop at the commercial
area, visiting the handcraft center.
or 15:30: Arriving in Vila Canoas, visiting
the community school, this project is been partly
financed by FAVELA TOUR and there the tourist can
also buy nice handcrafts made by local children. Walk
though the narrow pathways inside the favela, explanations
about the urbanization project for favelas, politics,
religion etc. Optional stop in a local “buteco”.
Walking back to our vehicle.
11:30 or 16:30 PM: Starting the way
back to the hotel, through the south beaches area,
giving the final explanations about Rio society and
its social contrasts.
During the weekends the community school of Vila Canoas
is not operating. Instead we stay and walk longer
inside Rocinha, visiting the street fruit market and
walking deeply inside it. The tour is not operated
on Sunday afternoons, and the Sunday morning tours
start one hour later, at 10:00AM.