Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro

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Rocinha ("Little Farm") is not only the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro, but it is also the most populous, with some 70,000 people living in an area of barely 2.6 sq km (1 sq mi). Stand at the top of the steep hillside upon which the favela is built and you will see a chaotic sprawl of concrete and cinderblocks. Wander down into its twisting alleyways and winding streets, however, and you will begin to see the structure of a tightly knit community. Ignored by the government for so long, the occupants of the favela have had to provide their own rudimentary services; mail is distributed from a barbershop, and a resident-run motorbike company provides public transport. The perseverance and spirit of the people who live there--in spite of the less than ideal living conditions--make Rocinha worth a visit. Arrange to visit Rocinha and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder app .
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  • Nice, this changes the other Rio, Copacabana, Ipanema, and leblon a visit to absolutely do in order to really make the comparison, people say you Hello, seniors of the Favela, shake the hand, I had a nice and fun guide Carlos, it really explains life in rocinha,
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  • It is a very comfortable restaurant, boasts air conditioning, is available already which if well is located in the favela, it is not dangerous. Its menu is varied and the care is excellent, I wanted to try typical food of Brazil that had the 3 B (good, cheap and beautiful) and I have this place fulfilled my expectations, excellent and abundant food, I recommend it, it is a place that should be visited very peaceful to share with friends or family.
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  • We chose to do a day trip with Zezinho and our guide Luis because we wanted to see how a less fortunate group of people in Rio live. At first, I, as a young blonde girl was worried for safety reasons,...  more »

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