Join us for this illuminating experience as you enjoy an insider's view of Brazil. This tour introduces you to another Rio within the city: the favela. There are close to 950 favelas in Rio, mostly located on former public areas on the hillsides. They are now home to approximately 20% of Rio's population, and remain a mystery to outsiders. The purpose of this tour is not only to explain what favelas are, but to give you a whole new understanding about different aspects of Brazilian society.
You'll visit the favelas of Vila Canoas and Rocinha, the largest in the country. Picturesque from a distance, once closer they reveal their complex architecture, developing commerce, and friendly people. This tour changes their reputation of areas related only to violence and poverty — for example, most Samba schools participating in the Carnival parade come from favelas. No need to be shy, you are welcome there and the locals support your visit. If you really want to understand Brazil during your South America vacation, don't leave Rio without having done this fascinating tour.