Pacification of Rio favelas breathes new life to beleaguered communities

They are an ubiquitous sight in Rio de Janeiro, and can be imposing, intimidating and beguiling in equal measure. Clinging to every hillside of this vast city, occupying real estate with arguably the best views in Rio, are favelas (shanty town/slum in Portuguese), the often substandard housing so besmirched by Brazil’s middle and upper classes. The perception of the favelas

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‘Forget drug gangs, Rio’s favelas are for partying’

This article was written by Graham Vincent The allure of Rio de Janeiro is beguiling; the white, sandy beaches, the beautiful people, the breathtaking landscape. Yet an altogether more ‘real’ Rio experience is enthralling tourists, predominantly backpackers. The music is frenetic, the atmosphere intense. Semi-naked bodies writhe to the pounding beat of the music. Gringoes almost seem incongruous in the

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