Favela Tour Rio de Janeiro
The favela tour in Rio de Janeiro starts at metro station Cardeal Arcoverde in Copacabana, where the guide will pick you up. You will travel together with the metro to Mangueira. In Mangueira the walking tour through the favela starts. You will learn about the history and every day life in the community. The walking tour brings you to a view point where you will have great views over Rio and the nearby Maracanã stadium. There you can take pictures. Then the tour continues downhill again. During the tour we will stop at a local bar, where you can buy a drink and/or snack. When back at the bottom of the favela you will visit the school of Estrela da Favela. There you can see the social project in action and meet the kids that make part of the project that we support. We will finish with a drink and a snack at the school before taking the metro back to Rio’s South Zone. Read our blog about the unforgettable experience to visit a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Metro ticket to and from Mangueira, A drink and a snack at the school of Estrela da Favela.
Bring with you:
Good shoes to walk. The favela is on a hill and we will walk up and down stairs and steep roads. An umbrella or poncho in case it might rain. Bring some money to buy a drink, snack or ice-cream at a local bar during the tour.
The tour takes about 4 hours including the trip with the metro to Mangueira and back. From 9AM till 13PM. You will spend around 3 hours in Mangueira.
We will pick you up at metro station Cardeal Arcoverde in Copacabana.
Price and group size:
The prices differ depending on group size (so bring your friends!):
2 people: R$ 200 p.p.
More than 2 people: R$ 150 p.p.
The minimum group size is 2 people. We try to combine you with others so the tour price will be lower. If you want a private tour, send us an email.
We run this tour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
UPDATE: As a measurement to prevent spreading of the Coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, all schools are closed and the school of Estrela da Favela as well. Because of this we decided to temporarily stop with our tour in Mangueira from Monday 16th of March on. If you already want to book a tour for a trip in a couple of weeks or months, you can make a reservation, and we keep you updated on the situation.
Over 50% of the money you pay for this tour goes directly to the social project. On the public school of Mangueira the children learn barely nothing. Estrela da Favela provides them with good education and does more. The goal is to prepare the children for further education and to teach them norms, values and social skills, so they develop a solid base to enter society. They pay extra attention to the development of girls, because they will soon raise the next generation. Only strong women can bring up changes in the favelas in the extremely macho oriented favela culture. Read more about the project on their website. When booking this favela tour in Rio de Janeiro you will make a positive impact on the lives of the children of Mangueira and help increase their future opportunities.