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Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro
(2.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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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  • If you go to Rio one cannot visit the rocinha. For me it was a great lesson in life. Despite the extreme poverty in which they live, people are cheerful and carefree, dance on the street smiles at you because he's still the most important gift: life! That wonderful people. You'll have fun! I recommend going with a guide or a package tour
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  • Who visited Rio and would like to visit not only the attractions, which should allow even half-a-day for a tour of one of the pazifizierten favelas. Rocinha has been here in the last few years as a flagship - developed model. I found it is impressive to see how people here live and what they do from their options
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  • I believe this was the biggest impression I had in Rio. According to the guide this is the most rich favela in Rio, has banks, and other institutions. If it is the most rich do not want to think what are the others. I saw things that neither my rich imagination could inmaginar. The drain running between houses, rodents everywhere. Very friendly people and friendly, this is the true face of Rio and Brazil.
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