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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  • I was on a group trip and we had 3 guides us on the tour among the houses. There are a lot of stairs to go up and down. When we step off the bus we heard popping like a fireworks display. Read on the internet that a Spanish tourist who was sitting in a car together with a guide and other tourists, were accidentally shot by police in Rocinha when they stopped at a roadblock! There were heavily armed cops almost everywhere. Go with a sure guide who knows the area.
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  • If it wasn't for the wizards, we here. It is unreal, in what conditions people can live. And yet they are happy and enjoying life.
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  • Do not advise anyone to visit. This is an area where drug dealers Patrol streets and Wars among heavily armed gangs are quite commonplace. This weekend, even though brazilian army had 950 Men trying t...  more »

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