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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  • July 30, 2017
    The Rocinha favela is sometimes referred to as the largest favela of Latin America. That's not true, there are larger, such as in Mexico. Nevertheless, is undoubtedly very large and should actually count apart from Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf to the big attractions. Why? You can experience just 20 minutes from Copacabana beach as the Brazilians is the normal daily routine and the Lebensverhältnisee of about 80%. If you take a guided tour around with #gringodejaneiro, you will experience a lot. I'm a tour sequence here shortly, as he should be, to show really much and important. Some tour guides are handled only the main street, which is only half the truth. I wish above all contact with locals for the visitors as the former residents. First of all can be the bridge at the entrance of the favela commit where a super-180 ° view of the Rocinha has. Then get off the bridge and on the motorcycle taxi. ´ Laborio ´ is the best destination, you can specify. It is the highest vantage point overlooking the Lagoa, Ipanema, Leblon, sugar loaf and Christ the Redeemer. The favela itself has a few meters down you can already excellent views over. It's best in the Rua 1 turn, where you get offered by young people to admire, to follow up on home-made instruments, such as upturned buckets a little Samba concert. Not improvised, it is a small concert, that offered one. Then downhill direction Rua 2. There is a small walkway, where you can follow the Waserlauf of the waste water (is not beautiful, but it is important to understand a little of the Dilema of the favela). Then it will be 3 with many small shops and especially on the Rua 4, the most beautiful road and the pride of the favela with colorful houses, landscaping, and a positive architecture again more beautiful on the Rua. Arriving below 4 on the square of the Rua, where already the Capoeirashow by Acorda capoeira ´ ´. A great show of this cute, young inhabitants, which is also very much trouble with English and even German chunks. Thereafter, the main shopping streets Boiadeiro and run via Apia and finally a lunch in the best restaurant in the favela, the pale and then another fit Mach drink at the favela Druid ´ Bruno ´ also like singing a Samba for the customers of his remedies shop. So, a nice tour in the favela can expire. Visit the best in small group, are a different effect, such as in large group.
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  • July 29, 2017
    I really wanted to meet the Rocinha. I hired a receptive and I was. I found super interesting. The view is beautiful beaches. In some slabs has shops selling souvenirs (each tab ends up leading to a where he has a percentage on sales). Our guide did not accept pass another slab. Interesting that at a newsstand that stopped, the boy told me that they are priced for "gringos", as I wasn't, he would sell me for half the price because it was with my face.
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  • May 23, 2017
    i was in the favela , nothing happen, the person who guide us explain to us all about it.. he actually leave in the favela, a very nice and educated person, of course his an autstanding form there, mo...  more »

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