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Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour

Rio de Janeiro Favela Tour

Embrace the passion and colour of Brazil. With its charismatic culture and exotic wildlife, Brazil is without a doubt one of the most desirable destinations for travellers and volunteers!

Prices from $60

Embrace the passion and colour of Brazil, when you visit this breath-taking country with its charismatic culture and exotic wildlife. Relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro where locals and tourists alike bathe and surf in the warm waters and embrace the scintillating night life. Brazil is without a doubt one of the most desirable destinations for travellers and volunteers, and with the upcoming Olympics and football World Cup there is no better time to visit this world famous city and begin your Brazilian adventure!


  • Gain a unique insight into favela life!
  • Immerse yourself in the spirit of Brazil!
  • Meet some amazing people along the way!
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Favela tour

Transport Collected from central hostel in Rio
Accommodation You will be responsible for your own accommodation


Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country Hostel pick-up
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The favelas of Rio are so much more than the negative image that is portrayed in films, they are living, breathing, thriving communities; they are welcoming places where children play and the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the tightly packed streets. The favela tour of Rio offers you an incredible insight into one of Rio’s central favelas, Rocinha, balanced high up on the hillside overlooking the bay. You will start at the top of the favela and walk down the hill with a professional guide connected to this amazing community. A percentage of the tour fee goes straight back into the favela community, directly helping to support a number of initiatives aimed at getting kids off the streets and people back into work, such as art projects, building classrooms and visits to local businesses.

This tour lasts approximately 3 hours running from 10am – 2pm on weekdays and from 12pm on weekends.

Go ahead, change your perspective of Rio and its inhabitants and join this once in a lifetime opportunity!


You will be collected at either 10 am (weekdays) or 12 pm (weekends) from your central Rio hostel by a friendly Frontier representative and taken in a mini bus to the start of the tour. We provide pick-ups from hostels in Lapa, Santa Teresa, Catete, Botafogo, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.


Accommodation is not included within the price of this programme, however we are happy to recommend a number of potential hostels, please speak to a Frontier Travel Advisor for more information.


Food is not included within the price of this project so please bring additional funds to cover what you need. Whilst on the tour you will visit a local cake shop and café, located inside the favela, giving you the opportunity to put some money back into this wonderful community.

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There are so many activities to try here that you certainly won't be short of things to do in your spare time. Frontier offers a number of volunteering opportunities in and around Rio de Janeiro including orphanage work and healthcare opportunities. Alternatively why not try and catch a football match at the Maracana Stadium or join Frontier’s Rio Intro Tour taking you around the must see sights of this incredible city! And if all this gets too much simply kick back and relax on one of Rio’s many beaches!


Project fee $31

Registration fee $29


Please aim to be in Rio de Janeiro on the same day as your tour. The tours run from 10 am to 2 pm on weekdays and 12 pm to 4 pm on weekends.

Please be aware that the Rio Carnival will take place from the 9th February - 14th February 2018. This may affect the running of the project during this time so please check for more details

The project is not operation during the following dates:

Dec 19th 2018 - Jan. 1st 2019



The tour will last 3 hours.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Hostel pick-up
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Rio de Janeiro (RJ) (RIO)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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