By Oliver Bazely, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - For a foreigner in Rio, the search for accommodation is often concentrated on a select few Zona Sul areas. These famous neighborhoods undoubtedly offer the widest range of amenities and, for the security conscious, a less daunting stepping-stone to the rest of Rio, but with high prices and hordes of tourists, Zona Sul can quickly lose its shine, driving apartment-seekers elsewhere.

As a result, an increasing number of adventurous visitors and experienced travelers are finding their homes in the city's favelas, though some are undoubtedly more appealing and convenient . . .

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