Rio de Janeiro Santa Marta Favela Tour

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Experience Highlights

Discover the daily life of the favelas on this walking tour of the Santa Marta favela for approximately 2.5 hours. Explore the history of the favela with a local guide.

Visit the spots where the Michael Jackson video They don't care about us was filmed, walk through the streets decorated with colourful houses, see the community nursery, urban art, handicraft shops, favela educational projects and much more. The activity takes place in small groups.

  • Guided tour of the Santa Marta favela
  • Learn about the history of the favela from a resident guide.
  • Discover the setting of one of Michael Jackson's most famous videos.
  • Explore the handicraft shops, the neighbourhood association and more.
  • Participate in a small group of about 15 people

What’s included

  • Walking tour of the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro
  • Resident guide to the favela
  • Inclined plane (cable car)
  • Visit to the local guide's house, handicraft shops, community nursery, neighbourhood association, Laje do Michael Jackson and the statue.

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Step by Step

Delve into the history and experiences of the favelas on a guided tour of the Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro. In a tour lasting approximately two and a half hours, you'll delve into its past and present.

The tour will be led by a guide who lives in the favela itself, who will share with you an up-close perspective on the history of the area.

You'll climb the Laje do Michael Jackson, where you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view and have your photo taken with the statue of the artist, who chose the Santa Marta favela for the recording of his video They don't care about us.

You will learn about the projects that have the initiative to offer better opportunities in the favela and you will visit the community nursery, the neighbourhood association and different handicraft shops where you can buy some souvenirs.

The tour is organised in small groups of about 15 people, in order to guarantee a closer and more personalised experience.


· 1417 Reviews
  • G
    (0 Reviews)
    incredible trip, the cable cars are modern and if you arrive at 8 am there are not many people.
  • A
    (0 Reviews)
    The guide was very competent and conveyed a lot of information and impressions about Santa Marta and the life of the residents. Highly recommended
  • L
    (0 Reviews)
    A must-see for anyone visiting Rio de Janeiro.
  • N
    (0 Reviews)
    This tour was probably the most significant and insightful part of my visit to Rio, as propagandists hide the inequality in Brazil.
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