Favela Experience is a social impact tourism company that serves to connect people, ideas and resources from around the world with dynamic favela residents, organizations and services through culturally immersive spaces and experiences. We seek to facilitate the breakdown of stereotypes by promoting cultural exchange and social collaboration.

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HELPING FAVELAS THRIVE & TOURISTS COME ALIVE

Our guests gain exciting and meaningful travel experiences, bringing sustainable economic development to low-income favela residents, non-profits, and favela based businesses.

We help to facilitate communication and collaboration and to diminish the barrier that can sometimes make it difficult for non-favela organizations to connect with locals in order to develop innovative and impactful ideas, projects, products, and services. We also seek to connect international communities facing similar socio-economic issues to find common ways to develop inter-community dialogue and collaboration to solve commonly faced problems and barriers to growth.

Sustainable Tourism as a tool for the betterment of the favela and the world

Our services are born from our conviction to transform favela tourism in Rio de Janeiro and prove a replicable model of sustainable tourism as an example for similar communities elsewhere. By allowing meaningful and authentic dialogue between favela residents and guests, we show both the positive and challenging realities of life in these communities and do not glamorize poverty in favelas.

Ultimately, we practice sustainable tourism because we generate additional income for favela based organizations and residents, facilitate genuine cultural exchange, break negative stereotypes about favelas, and provide accommodations with low environmental impact.

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Different properties
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300
Guests
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$250,000
in sales
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Security issues

our indie-gogo campaign was a success!

Favela experience successfully conducted a World Cup focused Indie-Gogo campaign that raised R$95,000 and resulted in hundreds of foreign travelers staying in Rio’s favelas across 8 different properties with 0 security issues or negative reviews. We've been featured on CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Huffington Post, NPR, Reuters and more.

Currently, Favela Experience is developing and operating 2 favela based hostels (one of which ranking #7 of 450 hostels in Rio), 3 homestay properties, and a tour agency. We have generated over R$250,000 in sales, hosted over 300 guests, and earned over R$120,000 for favela hosts and non-profits. Favela Experience has never received investment or outside financial grants or subsidies year to date.

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Adam Newman

CEO

A Dream?  

"...Learning the greatest possible number of languages to be able to communicate and understand the largest possible number of people in our beautiful world..."

Place of birth
Divide, Colorado USA

Age:27

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Gabriela Reis

Marketing Director

What Are Your Superpowers?

'...Find the beauty and learning behind every thing and event; stretch the arms to be able to embrace the maximum possible projects and activities; create the charm, clarity, motion and information through communication; face common sense in search of my truth; seek the depth of people...'

Place of birth
Araxá - MG

Age:24

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Rodrigo Vieria

Operation Director

What drives you to get out of bed every day?

"...Each day is unique, it is a new opportunity to do things better, pursuing the utopia of a better world where peace and love .. It makes me walk and every day I feel closer..."

Place of birth
Uruguay, Montevideo

Age:26

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Daniel Vezzaro

Director Fundraising 

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Place of birth
Belo Horizonte, MG

Age:26

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