"Tour the Favelas. I was amazed..." Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path Tip by nomadic

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Tour the Favelas. I was amazed at the economic difference between the haves and have-nots in Rio. There is an entirely hidden and separate economic system in Brazil within the Favelas. They have their own support system, and own policing force. I was really glad to have taken a guided tour of the rocinha favela offered by Marcelo's. (Don't go there yourself.) The average income in the favelas is about $200/mo, and they are found very close to the rich areas of Rio. The two co-exist, with an unspoken great divide. Do not miss it. You'll be humbled by the human experience. I was.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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