Have you been and would you go to a favela in Rio? Would you like an opportunity to stay and train in or near by? Favela tours in Rio de Janeiro are a popular choice for visitors – here are some words of advice.
Favela tours in Rio de Janeiro
Favela tours in Rio de Janeiro are a popular attraction for visitors to Brazil. People are intrigued and want to know more about life in these very visible communities.
For many years the favelas were under the control of dangerous drug gangs, and were off-limits to visitors. Times have changed and they are becoming increasingly accessible to tourists.
You should NEVER enter a favela without an escort or uninvited. Though they aren’t no-go areas like they used to be, they are still poorer communities and like any other low socio-economic neighborhoods in any other city, they still suffer from problems such as crime.
Jiu-Jitsu in the Favelas
There are many academies and social projects in favelas where you can train jiu-jitsu. From Rocinha to Vidigal and Tijuquinha to Cantagalo, professors from various teams are taking the arte suave to the more disadvantaged members of the population and giving them a chance to engage in a rewarding and constructive past-time.
Connection Rio can organise group visits to gyms and social projects in favelas throughout Rio de Janeiro.
Visiting a Favela
If you want to visit a favela it is best to go with a member of community. The majority of organised favela tours are not conducted by residents of the communities and revenue from these tours does not benefit the people who live there in any way. These tours are like a human safari, treating the people who live there like animals in a zool.
Connection Rio works only with people from within the communities. If you’re interested in visiting a favela in Rio de Janeiro, you will be led only by local guides.
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