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Favela Experience, Brazil

Location -  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Rio de Janeiro, around 30% of the population live in favelas (shanty-towns). There are over one thousand favelas ranging from those with slum-like conditions to those which are highly-functioning and vibrant. Residents of the favelas have seen increased challenges over the last few decades due to government corruption, drug trafficking and militias, and often the residents of favelas are discriminated against purely because of where they live. This makes it difficult for people, especially youth, to find employment and therefore often find themselves involved in criminal activities due to lack of alternative options. 

As part of this cultural experience, you will be supporting five small businesses and can trust that the money is going back into the local community. From exploring a reinvented community forest to purchasing handicrafts or taking a capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) class, your visit empowers over 150 people. Created and led by the people of Vidigal, you will gain an unparalleled perspective into what life is like inside Favelas and how the people of Vidigal are fighting back against discrimination and exploitation - one tour at a time. 

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