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Rocinha by Rocinha | Meet our guides

Erik Martins

My name's Erik and I was born and raised in Favela da Rocinha.
I've worked in many different jobs here, recently I worked as an health care assistant for the local hospital, and now I give English lessons both inside and outside the favela. Other than that I'm currently studying tourist management, which I hope can help me contribute to Rocinhas further development.
I believe my community has a lot to offer that doesn't exist in the ”official" post card image of Rio. Rocinha is a society within a society and I wish to make our guests experience the diversity of cultures that comes together here. I believe its very different for a tourist to be able to visit alongside the people that actually live here. I will do my best to create a genuine and original experience of Rio de Janeiro.

André Felix

My name is André and I’m 23 years old. When I was 14 I started to play tennis, which led me to give classes at the American school just across the road from Rocinha. This is how I learned english, and how I first started to give tours to foreigners.
To earn a living, I work as a waiter together with some other friends from Rocinha.
As we grew up here, we know all the shortcuts and alleyways, in what to others may seem like a huge labyrinth. We know the best places to eat, where to go dancing, or just chilling and where to get the best view from the rooftops of the locals.

Augusto Rodrigues

Hi, I'm Augusto, I'm 23 years old and I have lived in the favela of Rocinha since I was a kid.
I used to study photography at a project they had here in Rocinha, and since then I have been practicing with a camera a friend gave me. I love to capture all the different vibes you get here: the beach, the parties, the music, not to mention all the people here. I've been friends with the other guides since we were kids and it's through them that I learned English.
Rio is my city and Rocinha is my home and I will be very happy to show you around.