A visit to Rocinho Favela
Trip Start Feb 16, 2012
78Trip End May 03, 2012
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This morning after breakfast we were going on the Favela tour. The Favela is the slums of Rio and I was really interested in finding out more about it. The Rochino Favela is the largest one in Rio - population 200,000. Our guide explained that the government is building a lot of facilities etc to improve life in the Favela rather than trying to make the people move. There is still a lot of violence and gang activity in the Favela but we didn't need to worry about that or about being mugged etc as they (the drug lords etc) actually protect the tourists as they want them to visit and buy various good for sale. We were taken art gallery for instance that local people contribute to but I'm sure they also want people to buy drugs and feel safe doing it - not that we saw any of this.
To start our tour we got to have a motorbike ride up to the top of the Favela - that was lots of fun and hopefully I will be able to upload a little video to show you. [PHOTO_ID_R=100_0053.mo. We then walked all the way back down through the windy alleyways.
Rest time this afternoon as there is a huge street party in tonight!