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Favela Santa Marta Tour

Rua Sao Clemente, 307. Botafogo. | Shell Gas Station corner Rua da Matriz, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22260-007, Brazil
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This company is a must!

There were other Favela tour companies, but this one stood out to me the most. I’m so glad I stuck... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2018
Constance I
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Dallas
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Unmissable fun tour and lots to learn

Possibly the best company to tour the Santa Marta Favela with. Local tour operator Thiago and his... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2018
344blankas
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On this tour we will go to the top of the favela using the cable car of Santa Marta ( inclined plane ), together with the residents where the tourists will feel the atmosphere of the favela doing a tour through the street and alleys where the local story is told together with the story of famous people that came here as Queen Elizabeth II , Michael Jackson , Madonna , Vin Diesel , Hugh Jackman ( Wolverine ) , Alicia Keys , Bradley Cooper , Spike Lee among others. The top of the favela has a panoramic view of the city, where you see the Christ Redeemer , Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. We met at the Shell gas station located at the corner of Calle San Clemente and Rua da Matriz in Botafogo. Inside the station is a shop called "Select", which we found near the store for easy identification, at the scheduled time.
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Rua Sao Clemente, 307. Botafogo. | Shell Gas Station corner Rua da Matriz, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22260-007, Brazil
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

There were other Favela tour companies, but this one stood out to me the most. I’m so glad I stuck to it, even though I had to do it solo! I saw the good/bad of the favelas but I didn’t feel like I was in...More

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Thiago F, Proprietário at Favela Santa Marta Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😍 Thank you 💥💥💥

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Possibly the best company to tour the Santa Marta Favela with. Local tour operator Thiago and his staff know absolutely everything about the area and he kindly might even invite you into his own house within the favela. A trip to Rio wouldn’t be complete...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely group with even better guides who explained a lot in english. I always felt save. I would definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The guide tells you that the favela is absolutely safe, but the truth is that the favela is safe when you paid 110 reais per person to a tour guide and if you don't take pictures of local people (that they tell you later). All...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Very good experience not for everyone though could be a little nerve racking but never felt unsafe our tour guide Elias was very nice new his stuff and also gave us a tour of his house and gave us a drink would do it again...More

Thank Daisy C
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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

It was a very very nice tour with a friendly guides , Everything was okay No problems, I recommend you to visit this place I like that

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Today I went with tour guide Deborah in Santa Marta Favela. Local Guide Mario showed us the place and both told me a lot about this favela. They were really nice and helped me to understand how to life there. I would highly recommend you...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This tour was fantastic and the highlight of our trip to Rio de Janeiro. We took the tour with Pedro, who knows absolutely everything about the favela. Pedro was also friendly with many of the people living there, which put the group at ease. At...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We took the Favela tour on Saturday December 30 and it was spectacular! Many people have a horrible misconception of the favelas, but Marissa (I believe that was her name, or something along those lines) was so educational and really brought light to the Favela....More

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Thiago F, Proprietário at Favela Santa Marta Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thanks for the tour and the tour. Our team is 10 and we work hard to meet everyone. We needed to walk a little way down the year, that it was quiet that I could help you and go slow for you to feel good....More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Our guide Marisa gave us a really good insight to the live in the favela with many informations, authentic views, visit to a familys house and the Michael Jackson statue. We also saw dealers with heavy guns, but Marisa gave us helpful advices how to...More

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Thiago F, Gerente at Favela Santa Marta Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2018

I am very grateful for the comments of our guide Marisa who works with me translating the tours in our favela. About the comment about traffic or users, on our tours we give evidence of local culture, success stories, favela history and everything about life...More

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