Morro Chapéu-Mangueira Bar Wins Best Buteco in Brazil

Morro Chapéu-Mangueira Bar Wins Best Buteco in Brazil

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While Rio’s much adored botecos (bars) are known as great places to gather over chopps (draft beer) and snacks, they are not often on the culinary map, especially when they are located in one of the many favela communities across the city. Yet Bar do […]

75 Percent of Rio’s Favela Residents Want UPP to Continue

75 Percent of Rio’s Favela Residents Want UPP to Continue

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Authorities in Rio de Janeiro received some reassuring news this week as a survey released by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) shows a high percentage of the city’s favela community residents with Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) want the program to continue. According to the FGV […]

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Opens Tourist Information Desk

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Opens Tourist Information Desk

By Charlotte Markham, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Santa Marta favela community in Zona Sul (South Zone), has begun to prepare for the expected arrival of tourists this August, when Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics. A new tourist information post was opened in the community yesterday (May 10th) to […]

Rio’s Tiki Hostel in Cantagalo Combines Carioca and Kiwi Culture

Rio’s Tiki Hostel in Cantagalo Combines Carioca and Kiwi Culture

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sitting high on the hilltop favela community of Cantagalo, the recently opened Tiki Hostel offers guests stunning views of the city, including its two most iconic beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana. The hostel is the culmination of a two-year project by New Zealand expatriate in Rio, […]

Hostels in Favelas with UPP Expect to be Full for Olympics

Hostels in Favelas with UPP Expect to be Full for Olympics

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the city of Rio prepares to receive the 2016 Olympic Games this August, accommodations are a key concern for travelers as beds fill up along the spectrum of luxury to economy. An option for the budget or adventure traveler, is staying at one of […]

Street Child United Brings English Footballers to Rio Favela

Street Child United Brings English Footballers to Rio Favela

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dwight Yorke and Quinton Fortune of the Manchester United football (soccer) club were in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio last weekend to spend time training with youths in the favela community of Chatuba in Complexo da Penha. The event was held at the […]

Social Action for Music Reaches 1,000 Youths in Rio Favelas

Social Action for Music Reaches 1,000 Youths in Rio Favelas

By Georgie Hay, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Social Action for Music of Brazil (ASMB), an NGO supported by RioSolidario and the Department of Culture, aims to achieve social inclusion through classical music education for children, adolescents and young residents in socially vulnerable communities. According to government sources, the organization currently reaches approximately […]

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Celebrates Seven Years of the UPP

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Celebrates Seven Years of the UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Santa Marta favela community celebrated the seventh anniversary of Rio’s first Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), which was installed December 19, 2008. While Brazil and Rio struggle with a reversal of economic conditions since then, the event was an opportunity […]

Special Events for Children’s Day Held by UPP in Rio de Janeiro

Special Events for Children’s Day Held by UPP in Rio de Janeiro

By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For Dia das Criancias – or Children’s Day – held today on October 12th, the Pacifying Police Units (UPP) of Rio de Janeiro will be holding a special program to celebrate the holiday during the entire month of October. The UPP has organized a series […]

Police Arrested for Altering a Crime Scene in Rio Favela

Police Arrested for Altering a Crime Scene in Rio Favela

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the shooting and death of a seventeen-year-old in the Rio de Janeiro favela community of Morro da Providência early on Tuesday, September 29th, a secretly recorded video of the incident went viral. Showing what appeared to be misconduct by the Military Police, the […]

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