Connection Rio founder Dennis Asche has always maintained the philosophy of providing an authentic experience in Rio. Whether you’re here to train jiu-jitsu in Rio de Janeiro or just enjoy the city, everyone is curious about the infamous favelas. His advice is simple: ‘don’t be a gringo’.
The idea of taking a group of people in an open air safari jeep into someone’s neighborhood to take pictures of the locals just rubs me the wrong way. I imagine a group of foreigners rolling up in front of my house where my childhood was spent, jumping out on the street and taking pictures of my family and neighborhood to post on their social media channels. Inhabitants of the communidades (favelas) are people and do have pride just the same as visitors from other countries or walks of life.
In this blog he looks back at the recent Connection Rio tour of the BOPE HQ, and then favela tours of Favela Tavares Bastos and Complexo do Alemao. These were tours with a difference, not like the standard fare offered to gringos in Rio de Janeiro.