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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 was my last day in Rio and I got to visit the Favela. I did not follow a tour because they required at least 2 person to form a tour but I was just travelling alone. If there is just 1 other person...  more »
  • Beautiful place, beautiful view! The vast majority people, workers and warriors! What you want to have the your layout. Butcher shop, market, restaurants, van, bus, all within the largest slum in Latin america. Show places, impressive!
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  • Incredible the experience of visiting what is a typical neighbourhood of the Brazil, idiosyncrasy and habits of the favela leave you puzzled. Worth it penalty know that face of Rio.
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