Jan and I were a little apprehensive about touring a favela – (slum) – one of the worlds largest – in Rio de Janeiro. Is it cool to tour someone’s misfortune? In the end, we were glad we did. The 2 hour walk through was fascinating and it gave us insight into a huge issue. The tour guide was very respectful and encouraged us to listen and learn. And we did. I don’t think we could solve the world’s problems ourselves but education goes a long way towards it. We stopped and bought a few things from the locals including a baked treat. A bit of commerce we hope is of assistance. We left with a greater understanding of the way life is for far too many. Click the pics for a quick slide show.
Rocinha (little farm) is the largest favela in Brazil, and is located in Rio de Janeiro‘s South Zone. Rocinha is built on a steep hillside overlooking Rio de Janeiro, and is located about one kilometre from a nearby beach. Most of the favela is on a very steep hill, with many trees surrounding it. 69,161 (census 2010) people live in Rocinha, making it the most populous favela in Brazil.