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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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  • Favelas are where poor people live in ghetto style cramped accommodation. The streets and paths are so winding and cramped that the taxis are motor cycles. They are built on rocky areas and authoritie...  more »
  • Visited the favela with our guide and felt quite safe, even in the back alleys. People appeared very friendly. The Main Street was very crowded, but it was the narrow back alleys that were so interest...  more »
  • Leaving Rio without visit a favela is not knowing all the city. The Rocinha is perhaps the favela more visited, although you must go with a scheduled tour or a private taxi as we were. Many Brazilians are living as well and I think it is something you must know. The views of the favela with its colorful houses is beautiful and the people are friendly.
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