Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Major news outlet O Globo reported that the press office of the Coordinator of Pacifying Police (CPP) confirmed the change of command in 16 of 38 UPPs in the state over the next week. Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, […]

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today marks the sixth anniversary of Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), installed in the Santa Marta favela community on December 19, 2008. While the UPP still faces challenges in other areas of Rio, in Santa Marta, also […]

Rio Cultural Secrets Offers Tours in Vidigal: Sponsored

Rio Cultural Secrets Offers Tours in Vidigal: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While tours of favela communities in Rio de Janeiro are nothing new, over the years there has become increased sensitivity to how visitors interact with these neighborhoods. The goal for many is to move away from “poverty peeping” from safari jeeps to immersive and interpersonal […]

Students from The British School Work With PESCA: Sponsored

Students from The British School Work With PESCA: Sponsored

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Students from The British School, Rio de Janeiro have recently completed a course in the month of November aimed at engaging in social development causes in Brazil. The class helped design, plan and deliver educational lessons to underprivileged and at risk children at PESCA (Projeto […]

Residents Tell of Abuse by Pacification Force in Maré

Residents Tell of Abuse by Pacification Force in Maré

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Government news agency, Agência Brasil, reported that since the Army’s occupation of the Complexo da Maré favela community in Rio last March (three months before the World Cup), the “pacification force” has created a war zone which accounts for 28 murders, twelve dead in Maré […]

The Maze Marks 30 Years in Rio, Faces Closure

The Maze Marks 30 Years in Rio, Faces Closure

By Kendall Clark, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Long regarded as one of the best jazz clubs in Rio, The Maze, perched on a plot of land in the Tavares Bastos favela community, boasts unmatched views of the Pão de Acúçar and the Guanabara Bay. Over three decades the fascinating architectural design has […]

Annual March in Rio Protests Racial Violence by Police

Annual March in Rio Protests Racial Violence by Police

By Chris Kudialis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Friday (August 22nd), hundreds of Rio’s citizens participated in the second annual Marcha InterNacional contra o Genocídio do Povo Negro (International March against Genocide of the Black Population) in Manguinhos. The protest involved emotional speeches petitioning for the end of racism-motivated Afro-Brazilian killings, and […]

Real Estate Prices Fall in Cantagalo, Pavão-Pavãozinho

Real Estate Prices Fall in Cantagalo, Pavão-Pavãozinho

By Chris Kudialis, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 combined residents, the neighboring morros (hills) of Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho offer picturesque views of Copacabana Beach and an ideal location between several of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular tourist destinations. Pacified in December 2009, the favela communities were early […]

Providência Gondola Finally Opens in Rio

Providência Gondola Finally Opens in Rio

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In the favela community of Morro da Providência, the long wait for the new cable car to open is now over, and the system has started to function just before the end of the World Cup. The project, which was completed back in May 2013, […]

The Ups and Downs of Rio’s Favela Hostels

The Ups and Downs of Rio’s Favela Hostels

By Lauren Hogan, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hostels are not for everyone, usually appealing to younger, budget-sensitive travelers, and that goes double for the idea of staying at a hostel in one of Rio’s favela communities. Since the Police Pacification Unit (UPP) program started to make an impact, hostels in favelas have […]

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