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Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro

Categories: Neighborhoods, Tourist Spots
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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. A visit to Rocinha represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Rio de Janeiro vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Largest slum of Rio de Janeiro, with a larger population than many big cities of Brazil. Located in the neighborhood of São Conrado.
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  • Just go and discover on your own! It is not that bad that expected. It is safe, they all got water systems in their housings, plenty of tourist all over the favela. Helpful happy people! Nice views th...  read more »
  • If you like the beauty of the copacabana and ipanema are used it is a big move to one of the poor favelas in the city, also called caressing comunidades. The cottage built on each other and narrow streets form an impressive backdrop in the crowded city of Rio de Janeiro. The people there are friendly and helpful and might be happier than the people in the rich neighborhoods of Rio. All in all, a great experience! (Book a guide/tour, this know the safer parts of the favelas)
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