Rio de Janeiro - The film 'City of God' introduced the world to life in Brazil's shanty towns, known as favelas. Adapted from a novel by Paulo Lins, the film traced the violent growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
Favelas are as much part of life in Rio de Janeiro as Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Copacabana and the Christ the Redeemer statue located at the peak of the Corcovado.
Hundreds of these shanty towns exist in Rio with a not
undeserved reputation for violence and as refuges for
drug lords. But this is only part of the story.
Our Three hours tour shows you the root of the Favela Community, we provide you with an insight into the vibrant spirit of its people, to allow you to interact freely with the locals.
We will take you to the Favela by their our transportation making you feel at home, driving you to the top of a breathtaking view point.
What does Favela mean?
How many people live there?
Where do they come from?
What about education, jobs, health system and so on.
The tour is non-intrusive and respectful to the ones
who live in the favela.
It is not like the “zoo-tour” in vans or jeeps done by other tour companies. We will be transported by their own transport and guided by a local tour guide. The guide informs you of the history, social and economic functioning of the favela.
Everyday tour and pick up from your hostel/hotel.
A favela is the generally used term for a shanty town in Brazil. In the late 18th century, the first settlements were called "bairros africanos" (African neighborhoods), and they were the place where former slaves with no land ownership and no options for work lived. Over the years, many freed black slaves moved in. However, before the first settlement called "favela" came into being, poor black citizens were pushed away from downtown into the far suburbs. Most modern favelas appeared in the 1970s, due to rural exodus, when many people left rural areas of Brazil and moved to cities. Without finding a place to live, many people ended up in a favela.
Come and visit Rocinha!
The biggest Favela in Latin America and discover its magic and culture as it never has been shown before!