Our friendly,enthusiastic guide Erik met us ,two Russian girls and me at an agreed Metro station and took us by public bus to the favela. It was a uplifting experience to see how the other half outside Ipanema and Copacabana live. Over the years these people who help provide the labour that keeps Rio functioning,have carved a life on the precarious slopes. Erik supplied interesting information of the dynamic of the favela between the Drug lords and the Police.There was no romanticism and we were told,there were many no go favelas too.The tour went well over its schedule of four hours and was considerably cheaper than the ones offered at the hotel.
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