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Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro
(2.7/5 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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  • People this is the largest slum of Rio. The residents have a privileged view and lies in the middle of the South side. Very cool to see people going up and down the hill with pride in their origins. Are people of good workers and large heads of family and great homemakers who face as all the problems of everyday life. The slum is beautiful with well painted, with exuberant colors. Passiei there, and saw only good people.
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  • The tour is safe and you do Rocinha and Vila Canoas. They give you two perspectives of favelas, which are currently in attempt to be called as "district" or "communities" explore strategic, several points to private homes, commercial areas. Absolutely nothing happens. People are educated hyper. Just be careful with the photos. There are two schedules, morning and evening. They last between 3 and 4 hours. It better is make it in jeeps opened, if the climate it allows. Sale 120 real and you can sign up at any hotel. They are very specific.
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  • I liked the tour, it was very informative since the "pacification". Place was brightly painted and lots of cables everywhere. Was able to tour one of the homes as well as check things out from a roof ...  more »