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Rocinha (the little field) now the biggest favela in town

Mar 21, 10 Rocinha (the little field) now the biggest favela in town

Posted by in Blog, Rio, Where to Go

In Portuguese, the word rocinha (pronounced ho-seen-yah) a literally means a tract of land that has been cleared for planting. It is also used colloquially to refer to any field or backwoods area and that is exactly what Rocinha was in the late 1800s. It started as a settlement near the sugar plantations where poor ranch hands and...

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Visitors Include Slums in their Tours of Rio

Mar 31, 07 Visitors Include Slums in their Tours of Rio

Posted by in Excursions, Rio, Where to Go

RIO DE JANEIRO–Over 4,000 European travelers were taken into “Rocinha,” Rio de Janeiro’s oldest slum, so far this year. And that’s just by one of several agencies specializing in the favela tour. Now, it seems, the city’s official tourism office, Riotur, is including the favela in their list of...

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