Rio de Janeiro Favela Experience and Atlantic Forest Hiking

Outdoor Activities in Ceará

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5 out of 5

Tour description provided by Viator

Travel through Vidigal by either motorcycle or van with your guide on this 5-hour tour, stopping at different spots to learn about social projects that are transforming the local community. Continue on by hiking through the Atlantic rainforest to reach extraordinary viewpoints of Christ the Redeemer, the city, and the sea. Work your way back down through the favela, learning about the daily lives of the locals.
After meeting your trilingual guide in a centrally located meeting point in Ipanema, you will hop on a local bus to make your way to the base of Vidigal.From there, you can choose from two different transportation options. You can either ride a motorcycle taxi that winds up through the community or you can travel by van. Stop at the site of an urban revitalization garden project to learn about how it has helped transform the community.Continue by making your way to the trail head and hike through the Atlantic rainforest. Your hike will take about 50 minutes each way and is of medium to high intensity, but you will reach an extraordinary viewpoint of the city and the ocean. Along the way, your guide will discuss the history of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro.After admiring the breathtaking views of Christ the Redeemer and the city far below, you will make your way back down to a local restaurant for a snack. Here, you can enjoy either a juice or açai tasting.Then, weave through the small streets of the favela to see how the locals live and why they have become such a close-knit community. Upon reaching the bottom of the favela, you will board the bus which will return you to the original meeting point in Ipanema.

What’s included

  • Transportation to/from centrally located meeting point by bus
  • Juice or Açai tasting
  • Local multilingual guide who speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Free snacks included