Brazil Favela Tour

Brazil is South America’s largest country, dominating much of the continent and captivating the heart of travellers from around the world. From the super cities like Rio to the sandy white beaches found everywhere near the coast, Brazil is just one of those places you HAVE to visit in your lifetime. And that’s not even scratching the surface – let’s not forget about the Amazon rainforest! But for those starting out in Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, there’s one particular interest that many travellers’ have:  Brazilian favelas, the city “slums.” This was the place where slaves without land ownership used to live. Nowadays, many consider it the heart of the city – a place to see REAL Brazil. If you want to understand this complicated part of Brazilian life, a Brazil favela tour will safely take you sightseeing there.

Different parts of Rio de Janeiro have different slums, and the biggest and most famous slum is Rocinha, located between São Conrado and Gávea districts. In fact, it’s the biggest and most famous slum in South America! Here you’ll walk along the narrow and colourful streets with your guide, while being introduced to the locals and learning about the area’s history, culture, and geography. On your guided Brazil favela tour you’ll also learn about the community organizations working to improve the living situations for everyone. If you feel uncomfortable knowing you’re in a slum, don’t be. The locals will welcome you with open arms, and grace.

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One of the other famous favelas in Rio de Janeiro is the Santa Marta slum, once the occupation of military force. It’s also the steepest community in the city, so you’ll get a workout in addition to a tour! Plus, the views just can’t be beat from up there. In 2008, the control of Santa Marta was turned to civil police forces and the favela became known internationally, especially when Michael Jackson recorded part of the clip for “They Don’t Care About Us” there. Now there’s a statue dedicated to him.

There’s also the Vidigal favela, which often shows up in movies and Brazilian documentaries for its beauty and privileged location next to the beach. Like Santa Marta, this slum is perched precariously hillside, and has a long history of drug wars and eviction threats. Your guide will lead you through this favela while giving you a history lesson. Like many other favelas, this is a rapidly changing community where you’ll find everything from speedy motorbike taxis to new ecological parks. Many migrant workers make up the majority of these inhabitants, and it’s important to take the time to learn their story.

Brazilian favelas can be a harsh reality to some, but they’re an important and engrained part of Brazilian culture, and it’s important to show the utmost respect while visiting! Hiring a local favela guide will teach you the ropes.

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