Santa Marta Favela Tour: about social contrast and reality


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Activity Level



Other, Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
You have to be able to walk stairs.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (advanced), French (conversational), German (fluent), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Make up your own mind and give the favela a chance.

Santa Marta is the favela, where Michael Jackson made his videoclip "They don't care about us". Alicia Keys and Beyoncé have also visited the renovate terrace in homage to the star.

This community is one of the first in Rio with a police station (UPP). There are no drug-dealers anymore and crime has reduced.

During the 3 hours-tour, we will go up in the mountain, where you will have a nice view of Rio and walk down the favela passing by the police station, the sport center, the Jackson's terrace and many more.

It is fascinating to know about the facts, histories and also the reasons of these kind of constructions. In addition you will experience the inhabitants' hospitality.
Make your own mind and give a chance to a better understanding of this social reality. Lastly, we recommend you to wear comfortable shoes, as this tour will mainly take place between narrow streets with many steps
CUSTOMIZE - I can create a customized tour for you in case you have special requests



The tour starts at 9am or at 2 pm.

From 9am to 9:30 or 14pm to 14:30:
The first half hour is the pickup time. I use to pick the pax up at the hotel, sometimes we have to make a meeting point.

From 9:30 to 10am:
or 2:pm to 2:30pm:
We drive up to one mountain with has a wonderfull 180 degrees view. There we have our first stop for fotos.

At 10 am or 3pm we start walk down the favela. Talking about the social reality, the strong social kontrast in Rio and Brasil.

10:am or 3pm: fotostop for another view from the Christ Redemmer. Details from the lifestyle, talkings and curiosities.

11:am or 4pm:Stop at the Michael Jackson's terrace.

11:30am or 3:30pm At this time we are down taking the transport back to the hotel or to the meeting point.

12: or 5pm: The pax are back to the Hotel.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I can pick you up at the hotel or to make a meeting point at the metro station Largo do Machado.

End location: I leave the customer in the meeting point.

Duration: 3 hours

Is a 3 hours tour depends on the trafic.


We will have a car transportation.

What’s Included

* My services as your knowledgeable and professional private guide and car transport.

PLEASE NOTE: While I do my best to ensure that my availability is up-to-date at all times, due to my heavy work load (especially during the peak travel season), my availability may be subject to change at very short notice. To avoid any disappointments, I ask that you send me a message with your preferred tour date and start times BEFORE you book and pay. Please click on the button labelled 'ASK A QUESTION' to send me a message and I will reply to you promptly. Thank you.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 real - It is an average price for one fruit juice.
"You are responsible for any purchases of a personal nature".

What’s Extra

* Entrance fees (if applicable)
* Meals and beverages
* Souvenirs

A Recent Review of this tour

We asked Simone (our guide) to organise a tour in a Favella to "touch" with our eyes something we many times talked about but always without the right knowledge. For sure a few hours were just a first touch. Very interesting and tanks to Simone for the way she conducted the tour.
Ilario Franco

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