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An Inside Look at Rio’s Favela Tours

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 11, 2016

An Inside Look at Rio’s Favela Tours

PHOTO: Santa Marta favela. (Photo via Vice)  

Rio de Janeiro is a hotbed of tourism at the moment, full of visiting athletes and Olympic spectators taking in the Summer Olympic Games but these visitors aren’t just taking in the Olympic village. They are going beyond 

Watch as Daily Vice heads to Rio’s favelas, which are proving to be one of the most popular sightseeing destinations for visiting athletes and the attendees at the Rio Summer Olympic Games. 

In the six-minute video Salete Martins, a tour guide in the Santa Marta favela talks about how visiting these neighborhoods has evolved. 

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“Visitors think that there’s only drugs and poverty in them,” says Martins. “But after the tours started, companies started hiring us. Tourism has been a very good thing for Santa Marta favela.”

According to the report, these tours bring about 40,000 people per year into communities like the Santa Marta favela that are now safe for visitors. 

Follow in the footsteps of this Vice reporter for a firsthand look into the Santa Marta favela here.


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