It is one of the most atypical, cultural visits that I do in Rio de Janeiro. In total immersion, closer to the local population, we climb on foot through the alleys to reach its summit at "Laborio".
From this point of view, we can contemplate one of the most spectacular views of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Rocinha favela is the largest favela in South America. It is located between the districts of GÃ¡veia and Sao Corrado.
An exceptional visit, not to be missed!
There are 3 types of favelas in Brazil; the first are the favelas pacifiers, the one where public order and the police services reign. The second type of favelas are dominated by traffickers, the one where you should never set foot. For the third type of favelas, these are the ones dominated by the militia. (Former police officers for the most part who were dismissed from the police for having had the trigger too easy.
Among the hundreds of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the Rocinha is the largest in South America and certainly the most interesting for a tourist to visit.
Close to the local population, to the Brazilian reality, this visit is extraordinary. Far from voyeurism, as some can imagine, it is more of a cultural visit that all tourists should make during their stay.
Despite the pacification of the Rocinha favela in 2011, it is important not to venture there alone and without a guide. Don't underestimate the risks.
Being one of the rare "Gringos" to be able to evolve in total immersion in this favela, I end this visit, where few people can go, at the top; at the Laborio viewpoint.
From this exclusive point, emerges one of the most beautiful views of the city of Rio de Janeiro.