We from Exotic Tours operate exclusively within the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro where we offer many unique tours. One of our most successful and requested tours is the "Favela Rocinha Tour" (www.favelatourismworkshop.com), a 3-hour tour walking through the largest slum in South America. Visitors get to see first-hand the lifestyle of this 250,000-inhabitant community with its schools, churches, local commerce with 1250 businesses in operation, handcraft shops, and the real lifestyle inside the favela.. It is a perfectly safe tour and the community welcomes visitors as the tour gives opportunity for the locals working as a guide, who have had the opportunity to have studied in the social project created by Rejane Reis, in the community, since 1998.
Deperture at 10:30am from Copacana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca Beaches (To be confirmed at the time of reservation).Included: - The transportation from the meeting point to Rocinha.- English, Spanish and French Speaking - Guide and guided walking tour.We advise to come with confortable shoes for a nice walk. Bring you camera to register the local culture.It is good to have some local money change to purchase some handcraft, or any item in the local comerce.Your visit will create work opportunities within the community. Our Sustainable Tourism Project was the first one inside favelas in Brazil. The biggest purpose of our tour is to show another reality of Rio de Janeiro and along with that, give opportunity of work for those who lives in the community. We do not say we help, we show it to you as the guide lives inside the favela. This not only give to them work and education as improves both, their knowledge and their self-esteem. The reality is that Rocinha, despite its limitations, is different from that and on the tour we show you different culture, development and several activities they execute to make a living - from making handcraft to recycling plastic. In this regard,Rocinha is unique compared to other slums in Brazil, and indeed the world. The locals visitors and their response has been highly positive as we are very sensitive and respectful about the dignity and privacy of them. The community respect and supports our tour because they are aware of the Sustainable Project and its benefits.