Rio - The Favelas
Trip Start May 12, 2013
76Trip End Jul 30, 2013
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We headed back to the hostel after to drop our bags, and got ready for the tour. Simone came to pick us up punctually at 1.45pm and navigated us through the Rio streets. We went through some chaotic traffic and up the hills to the top of Santa Marta Favela, made famous by Michael Jackson's MV 'they don't care about us'.
Simone explained that years ago the government started clearing up the favelas of drug trade, chasing out the local drug lords, and putting in place the local police
Santa Marta is just one of nearly a thousand favelas in Rio, and it isn't the largest. But looking at the entire neighborhood from the top gave an indication of the vastness of the neighborhood.
There weren't many people around in the day, as most are out working in the city area. We walked downhill, past a souvenir shop, and the MJ memorial made of mosaic tiles. At the main square right at the bottom of the hill were some colorful buildings which were picturesque. Too bad there wasn't a good viewpoint to take a good shot of the whole landscape.
We took the furnicular back up to mid hill, and walked back up to the top to conclude our tour. Tour was safe, and we met no problems with the locals along the way.
Moving out to another hostel near downtown Rio tomorrow!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil