TWO BROTHERS PEAK & VIDIGAL FAVELA - 4 hours

 

This fantastic tour offers you magnificent point of views on Ipanema beach and the Atlantic Ocean, the Lagune, Sao Conrado beach and district, and on Rocinha, the largest favela of Rio (80 000 inhabitants). We first walk 15 minutes on the seaside to join the entrance of the Vidigal favela, where we catch a VW Van which will take us to the top of the favela. Then, we start the 45minutes hike through the wood to reach the summit of the Two Brothers Peak (660 meters high). You need proper shoes to do this steep hike. We can buy water on the way, no worries.

 

After a while enjoying the crazy view, we go down through the narrow streets and numerous steps of the Vidigal Favela. You will get all the information for you to understand why favelas exist in Brazil, I will speak about their history, their arquitecture and the way of life in the favela. Vidigal is a 10 000 inhabitants safe and quiet Favela.

 

MEETING POINT

LifeGuard post number 12, Leblon Beach (right after Ipanema).

The closest metro station is Antero de Quental, line 4

 

TIME : 10h or 14h.

The tour lasts about 4 hours, you need good walking shoes and a light for the tour of the afternoon, the one of your smartfone is enough, just make sure you will have some batery. The idea of the 16h tour is to catch the sunset. For the tour of the morning, we can have lunch in a traditional Kilo restaurant in the favela.

 

 

Here some pics of this tour

(if you prefer to keep the surprise you should not see them, up to you!)

 

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT A FAVELA 

 

Please do not think that a favela is a dangerous slum. Poor people had to do everything by their own due to the lack of urban policy in the 50s and 60s. They took the land available and started to create this second world... Nowadays, people in favelas do have access to drinkable water, electricity, sewage system, houses are built with bricks and concrete... Some favelas are poorer than others, but nobody is starving, homeless or begging money. 90% of its inhabitants do have a job. If the favela can be poor, it is not that miserable.

 

You are more than welcome to do this tour so you can change your mind if you have some bad stereotypes about the favelas. It is not at all what you can read in some (ignorant?) guide books. Moreover, people are very nice and warm, there is a very friendly atmosphere, you feel like if you were in a village. There are a lot of life, kids playing, neighbors speaking on their entrance doors... 25% of the population of Rio lives in a Favela (1,4 million of people), and you can find them everywhere in the city as there are on the hills. In total, there are 950 favelas in Rio. The contrast with the rich neighborhood close by is significant, visiting a favela with a knowledgeable guide is in my opinion very important if you want to get a better understanding of the complex Brazilian society. A good Favela Tour is not voyeurism, it is more an open mindedness and cultural tour in order to catch correctly the issues of Brazilian big cities.

  WHERE WE WILL GO :

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Grumari  

 

            Pico da Tijuca 

 

Pedra do Sal 


 Parque do Flamengo 

Joatinga  Corcovado 

        Niterói   Vidigal 

  Copacabana 

 

      CARNAVAL  

 

   Praça Mauá  Lagoa 

 Jardim Botânico

 

     Maracanã

 

        Pedra da Gávea 

Catedral   Dois Irmãos

      Arcos da Lapa 

Pão de Açúcar 

 

     Rocinha  Praça XV 

           Parque Lage

 

Ilha Grande

       Pico do Papagaio 

Prainha  Santa Teresa 

Babilônia  Leme 

 

 Uruguaiana / SAARA

     Pedra do Telegrafo 

Marina da Glória 

 

    Ponta Negra, Parati

 

   Bonde Santa Teresa 

Escadaria do laron

Paraty & Costa Verde 

    Baia de Guanabara 

Petrópolis

                 Teresópolis 

 

Museu do Amanhã

 

           Forte do Leme

 

Confeitaria Colombo

 

  Saco de Mamangua