Housing in Rocinha
Have you ever wanted to stay in a favela? Now you can!
Rooms, apartments, kitchenettes (studios), Homestays with families!
Immerse yourself in the real Rio de Janeiro by staying in a pacified (safe) favela, one of the city’s most fascinating and vibrant communities! Feel the energy of lively people, music, food, and fun while staying in a private bedroom in a welcoming family’s home or your own favela apartment. The favelas are Rio de Janeiro’s authentic cultural gems, and their proud residents welcome foreigners to show them all their communities have to offer.
Rocinha welcomes those visitors who want a more in depth favela experience. We can set up for you an opportunity to stay in the community and see first hand what life is really like here. It is becoming the “in” thing to do in Rio. And added bonus is the views from the hills are amazing.
Often times, we receive emails from visitors who have an interest to stay in the community for different reasons. We are now working with several community members to offer this opportunity to foreigners interested in getting to really know and understand favela culture. Rocinha is a vibrant ever changing place full of many wonderful things.
People who have visited and stayed with us, in Rocinha have consisted of backpackers, athletes from various sports, yoga teachers, musicians, martial artists and students from such fields of study including, anthropology, architecture, Latin American studies, and just those curious enough to experience a different side of Rio.
HOW TO FIND A PLACE TO RENT IN THE FAVELA?
We can find you a place…no problem
I have lived in Rocinha much of my life and know of the best areas to stay. It is possible to rent a place for a few days or a few months.
For LONG TERM STAYS (3-6 months) most “landlords” will want you to stay an agreed duration and not break that agreement. Some, may have you sign an agreement. Respect of each others word is very important in the favela community. As a visitor here, please respect the people around you in your neighborhood. There is absolutely no reason to have fear, just more understanding that favela culture is one of getting along and making do with what you got.
To rent close to the bottom of the hill although more convenient, also has its drawbacks. It is the commercial area and there tends to be heavier traffic and more noise. And rentals also cost more per month. To give you an idea, a kitchenette at the bottom in Via Apia can cost you up to $400-600 reais a month, where as the same size kitchenette in Dioneia (half way up the hill) can cost you $350-500. Daily rates differ depending on what (apt, kitchenette or homestay) and where (top of the hill, bottom of the hill) you are renting, from 50 reais a night on up.
THE PROCESS – How to get started
1. Email us and tell us when you plan to arrive.
2. It is suggested that you email us two to three weeks before you arrive. In your email please write in the header: “Favela Rental”
3. You will need to let us know exactly how long you plan on staying in Rocinha.
4. And if you have interest to rent a room in a house (homestay) or rent a kitchenette/studio?
5. Write a few sentences on why you want to stay in Rocinha (your 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: