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Favela Vidigal

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Activities

    Favela Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $80 USD per person
  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Avg Distance

    4 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Sundays only at time given by guide on booking

  • Starting Location

    View Point Leblon, Av. Niemeyer

  • Notes

    No need to be afraid to take your camera. We support the community and the community supports us.

Highlights

  • Take a motor bike cab up the steep streets of Vidigal and feel the adrenaline of what is the daily life to tens of thousands.
  • Visit an ecological park, an amazing grass roots project run by inhabitants of the community.
  • Take in the stunning view from the top of the community to the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon.
  • Support local business and have a traditional lunch from Northeastern Brazil.
  • Optional: Walking trail up to the very top of the hill. (Must wear hiking shoes. Plan plus 1-2 hours)

Guide

Trip Info

Few favelas appear in the media more often than Vidigal. This community is both privileged, by its proximity to the beaches and noble neighborhoods like Leblon, and precarious, due to its steep slope and history of drug wars and threats of eviction.

During this tour, we will get to know the reality of this rapidly changing community, from the chaos of the motorbike taxis, the peace in the social project of an ecological park, to food from the poor Brazilian Northeast, and the stories of the brave migrant workers who make up the majority of the favela inhabitants.

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