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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. 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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  • It is the largest favela of Brazil but seeks to adapt to the new times and receives tourists who are treated well and safely.
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  • Well, I live here. There's not much to say. It's a quiet place and Nice, the crack House is very close, then buy drugs is easy. I advise.
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  • Visit a favela is definitely a fascinating experience that allows you to understand the different realities of Rio. We did this tour with David, a boy who lives in Rocinha and whose stories made us realise what it means to live in a favela. What you see is poverty and unhealthy neighbourhoods (small streets, houses crammed on top of each other, little light ...), but also so much joy and love of life. And especially so much dignity. From the outside the houses appear in poor condition, but peering a little inside, you notice cleaning and dignitosità. It is an experience that makes you think, that has its own charm and especially not so afraid as in the imagination.
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