Favela Phoenix: Rio de Janeiro Community Tour: Urban Culture, Art, & Capoeira

Rio de Janeiro Community Tour: Urban Culture, Art, & Capoeira

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Favela Phoenix

Non-profit organization

5 hours
From$30 USDPer person

Favela Phoenix is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free education to children in at-risk communities.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy an insightful tour of Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods while providing support for local children and their education.
  • Visit a graffiti artist’s studio and discover the art scene in urban Brazil.
  • Enjoy a traditional Brazilian show and learn about the martial art form known as capoeira.

Tour revenue will be invested in local teachers’ wages and educational materials for the school’s classrooms.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time


  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Children, Families, Youth, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 40

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, Light shirt

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Join Favela Phoenix for an insightful tour opportunity! You will discover the challenges of life in an urban Brazilian slum. With an experienced guide, you will tour an at-risk community in Rio de Janeiro. Your tour will include visits to a school and a local graffiti studio where you will learn more about the culture of Rio and gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing the residents. Next, visitors will witness a capoeira show, a martial art form that mixes dance with acrobatics and music. This particular art form was developed by slaves from West Africa and remains to be a vital aspect of Brazilian culture. Your guide will also take you to a unique Brazilian restaurant.

Vetted & Visited By

Ribbon ambassador
Elsa Kostic
January 13, 2017

1 Visitor Review

    Andy R. ●  Aug 22, 2016

    Talk about an inspiring, learning & entertaining experience? Jody King's tour of Favela Rocinha has it all! I felt like I was back home visiting my hometown and catching up with an old high school classmate. Being a resident of Rocinha I think Jody knows every alley way, every door and every face and person that is behind that door. What a great tour, what a great experience. I highly recommend Jody's tour! Great shopping! Great dining! Great people! Be adventurous and I dare you to take a motorcycle taxi ride up to the top to begin the tour like I did. What a great day touring Favela Rocinha with Jody King!

Tour Start Address

Visitors will be picked up from their hotels., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

How To Get There

Visitors will be picked up from their hotels.

More About Favela Phoenix


To be the change you want to see in the world.

Main Programs

  • Walking tours of Rocinha favela.

  • Free education to residents of Rocinha.

  • Activities with locals in Rocinha.

  • Day trips with children of Rocinha.

Awards & Recognition

Featured 2016