Welcome to FAVELA ADVENTURES. We are a small company that is operated 100% by residents in the favela of Rocinha. Our company consists of five parts of sustainable tourism in the favela. Our main purpose is to educate people about our community and the great things that exist here.

favelatour.org and FAVELA ADVENTURES strives to empower the people of Rocinha by giving them the opportunity to run, organize and make the tours themselves. These residents who have created this company ALL reside in the favela and the income made from these tours is put directly back into the community.


Twenty-five percent of what is earned through our tours is being saved, so we can start a DJ SCHOOL/LEADERSHIP PROGRAM. This is what people in the favela want. If you want to know more about this project, how you can help, donate equipment or time, please contact us here or through the cooordinators in the US and Canada. The coordinator for the project in the United States is PHI PHAM his email is: phihkpham@gmail.com . The Canadian coordinator is HARRY DALEY and he can be contacted at: h4jx3@unb.ca . We are still supporting Tio Lino's Art school and will continue to do so.
OUR NEW DJ SCHOOL SPIN ROCINHA, check out our new website!!


We often receive emails from people who wish to help out and donate. We do NOT accept money donations but, school or art supplies are more than welcome. We now have a donations coordinator who is working with us to collect items for our programs. Her name is BERIT OLLESTAD and she lives in the TriState area. She travels to Rio de Janeiro twice a year to bring donations to different locations in the favela. You can contact her at: withlove4brazil@gmail.com


Favela Tours/Visits

The top section of the website covers our diferent types of visits or “tours”, which are more of a cultural exchange and enjoyable learning experience, than a short stop into the community. Visits to the community vary in length and type depending on what visitors want to do and how long they want to visit. If there is something you really want to see on your visit here, please let us know. We want your visit to Rocinha to be fun as well! Please read about other guests experiences who came to Rocinha on the "TESTIMONIAL" page. GO HERE: http://favelatour.org/forum/testimonials/. Our tours/visits are very different from the standard of other companies.


*****IMPORTANT: Tours book up quickly. Because of the quality visits we offer, we ONLY give 1 tour/visit a day with a maximum of 8 people. Please contact us the days you have open for a visit.
WHEN BOOKING A TOUR, we need to know 2 things, What day you would like to visit the favela and where you are staying. If you are staying OUTSIDE of Copacanana, Ipanema or Leblon, we will need to set up a meeting point. In Copacabana our meeting place is the COPACABANA PALACE by the statue of the man standing, about 15 meters from the front door of the Palace. In Ipanema or Leblon our meeting points are Posto 9 or 10 (Lifeguard posts on the beach).


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This section of the website is important if you have plans to stay, rent or buy a place in the community for any period of time. Please click on the link to learn more about this opportunity.


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To the bottom-second section is the FAVELA ADVENTURES programs section of the website. We offer programs to foreigners who want an authentic experience in their studies of Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Body Boarding, Surfing, Muay-Thai, and Western Boxing.

As popularity grows, we plan on expanding with other favela specific cultural programs.

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To the bottom-second to last section is the SPIN ROCINHA DJ SCHOOL Our idea in the beginning was to build a community center but this goal is just to big at this time. We have decided to start small with our SPIN ROCINHA Dj School. The program will start with a pilot project in July of this year 2011.


Tio Lino

This last section to the right is specifically directed towards the Art programs and work of Tio Lino in Rocinha. If people have an interest to volunteer with Tio's project, please contact us.

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Please take a look through this site to see if what we offer peaks your interest. Any questions can be directed to Zezinho at: info@favelatour.org Or CALL: 21-98221-5572


Pack for a Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects. Check out the good work they are doing at their website:http://www.packforapurpose.org.

Thank you for stopping by FAVELA ADVENTURES!

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